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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Disappearing Matches

Recently we received an email from a user who complained about matching songs that simply disappear. What happened?

As you all know, beaTunes matches songs with each other using rules. One of the rules is the Amazon rule: While beaTunes looks for matching songs, it queries the Amazon database for matching albums. Songs that belong to a matching album are ranked higher.

But getting the necessary information from Amazon takes some time. Therefore, beaTunes usually displays an initial result, before it queries Amazon. Then, after the Amazon results are in, the list of matching songs is updated.

The movie shows the effect: A song is selected and a number of matches are displayed. After a little while, most of the songs disappear. This happens, when the Amazon results are applied to the match algorithm.

Now, if you don't like this behavior, you can easily turn it off. Just open the preferences, select the Song Matching pane and uncheck the For faster results, ignore during the initial matching-checkbox. To disable the Amazon rule altogether, move the corresponding slider to 0.

We hope this tip helps you to enjoy beaTunes even more.

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