Plex has announced a new update to its software which drastically improves the music library experience, providing users with better music matching and recognition, more accurate and detailed metadata, and better support for music with tags. Additionally, if you want to find a particular song in a movie or TV show, Plex now integrates Tunefind so you can get 30-second previews of those songs.
While Tunefind will match a song with a title, Plex actually uses TIDAL to provide the song itself. If you’ve got a TIDAL subscription set up, you can listen to the whole song that was provided but if you’re not signed up you can still hear a 30-second preview; this should be enough to help you find the track on other services.
On the metadata front, Plex wanted to address hit-or-miss content sourced from a variety of other providers. The firm cited spoilers in descriptions and bad artwork as reasons for establishing its own metadata service in the cloud. It uses the best metadata sources bringing together curated and crowd-sourced content. On the music front, Plex says it offers the “best music metadata on earth”.
To source music metadata, Plex has tapped Musicbrainz, a service where the community provide quality metadata. On top of this, Plex has licensed the same premium metadata that sources AllMusic. Plex believes that the combination of these two sources will provide users with the best content descriptors available.
The new changes are available across all supported platforms. To see these new features, ensure that you’ve upgraded to Plex Media Server version 1.18.2.