Wednesday, January 27, 2010

beaTunes 2.1.3 fixes non 44.1kHz problems

beaTunes2 logoConsidering that today's beaTunes release coincides with Apple's big media event, I don't expect for this to be noticed much... Anyhow, let's try!

As mentioned recently in this blog, beaTunes 2.1 had some problems on OS X with files not sampled at the standard 44.1Khz. This was due to a bug in the beaTunes code that interacts with the CoreAudio/QTKit decoders. This problem should be fixed for now. Note, that on Windows this problem was never an issue (and no, this does not mean Window is somehow better, it just means my code for Windows was somewhat better).

The changes made to fix this bug, may also lead to better support of other, more exotic audio formats, that only QuickTime supports.

The second nice thing in this release is the addition of genre and release year import in the MusicIP analysis task. So, if the genre and release year are in the MusicIP database, beaTunes should be able to import them.


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Friday, January 15, 2010

Problems with sample rates other than 44.1kHz on OS X

beaTunes2 logoOn OS X, beaTunes 2.1 seems to have a problem with audio files not sampled at the standard 44.1kHz. I believe, I have found a workaround, but it's not quite ready to be posted as update. But I would appreciate it, if people who actually encounter this problem, gave this dev-snapshot a shot and provided some feedback. Thanks!

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Online DB down

beaTunes2 logoWhile yesterday's database update was successful, ironically, the supposedly improved backup procedure caused some database corruption. I'm currently working on recovering the database and expect to have it back online around noon EST.

For the time being, that means that you may encounter when using online resources during beaTunes analysis. Should the analysis not proceed without the online lookup, you can uncheck Use Online Resources in the Analysis Options dialog to avoid the online lookup altogether.

Thank you for your patience.

Update: The database is up again.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Online DB Outages

beaTunes2 logoThere will be temporary online db outages today starting at 3AM EST due to server updates.

Update: The database is up and running again.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Skipping tags and lyrics

beaTunes2 logoI hate to do this, but apparently there is and has been a bug in beaTunes 2.1 that can lead to beaTunes skipping some analysis steps when using Use Online Resources. Under certain circumstances, plugins like the Last.FM plugin may simply be skipped. The workaround is obviously to turn Use Online Resources off, when using said plugin. I promise this issue will be fixed in the next update. For those of you, who need a solution right now - fell free to use this 2.1.2 dev snapshot for OS X.

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First round of fixes

beaTunes2 logoThe holidays are over, the snow has melted (at least here) and the first round of fixes for 2.1 is ready to be released. Well, actually, beaTunes 2.1.1 just has been released.

So what's in it for you?

A bunch of little things like corrected typos in the French localization, but also fixes for potential deadlocks, some UI issue fixes etc. Plus, and this is something I rarely get to write, I managed to reduce the size of the download a little by kicking out xerces - beaTunes now uses the JRE's XML parser.

Thanks to changes in the online database, UI feedback for online resource tasks should be vastly improved. Also, as more and more users are submitting their analysis results to the database, the chance that you benefit from the database has increased quite a bit. I hope that this trend continues, so that we can reduce the amount of locally executed analysis even more.

That's it for now. Enjoy 2.1.1!