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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

EA5 for beaTunes 2.1

beaTunes2 logoAnother two weeks have passed and that means: A new EA release - EA5.

Just like previous EA releases it offers to use some online resources, but will (most likely) fail with an OnlineDBException.

The most important change EA5 has to offer, is probably the integration of lyricsfly. Lyricsfly offers access to many song lyrics and beaTunes now makes it easier than ever to automatically download them. Other improvements are enhanced drag and drop, a number of cosmetic changes and fixes for the database update procedure. And as always, there is some more info in the NOTES.txt file.

Alright, here's the obligatory warning: Before downloading and installing this, please make sure you understand what Early Access means:

  • Absolutely no warranty for whatever
  • Features may or may not work, appear, and disappear
  • It may not be possible to migrate data to future or previous versions (even though we make a reasonable effort)
  • This version will cease to function 2 weeks after its release
  • You cannot buy this version

And here are the download links:

Important

This EA version changes beaTunes' internal database layout quite a bit, which takes a while. Do not interrupt this process, even when it takes very long! On OS X, beaTunes 2.0 will not be able to use the database anymore, after you ran beaTunes 2.1. If you intend to try 2.1 and then go back to 2.0, make sure you back up the database before you try 2.1 (it's in ~/Library/Application Support/beaTunes/Database)! You also might want to check out this article about exporting beaTunes data.

Please provide feedback!

Thanks.

Update

The Use online resources feature should now be more or less functional, i.e. fewer OnlineDBExceptions.

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