beaTunes News

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

beaTunes 4.0.14

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beaTunes 4.0.14 is out. This is mostly a maintenance release—no big changes.

You can download the software from the download section of the website.

Most important changes in 4.0.14

  • Improved play behavior with open match table.
  • Improved support for ID3v1.
  • Improved folder-based sync on mass changes.
  • Added explicit symlink handling for folder-based libraries.
  • Added ability to upload logs.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Open Chordify from beaTunes

Wouldn't it be nice to automatically extract chords from any song? Or have some application display chords as subtitles for YouTube music videos? Perhaps loop a certain section, so you can practice playing it on the guitar?

Well you're in luck, the website of the Dutch startup does just that.

I met Bas de Haas, the guy responsible for the chord recognition part, a couple of years ago in Utrecht (NL), where he received his PhD for work on music information retrieval. Obviously his work was fruitful. But not only the raw transcription part works really well on Chordify. The user experience is thought through exceptionally well. Being able to simply watch the YouTube video in sync with a marker on a music sheet is just fantastic. Plus: It's pretty. Often times you see original cover art of emerging artists as background wallpaper. That's no accident. If you happen to play in a band and are looking to promote it... contact them, they might just put your cover on the site for free. "No strings attached."

How does this relate to beaTunes? Starting with version 4.0.13, you can right-click on any song, choose Open in... > Chordify and open the corresponding Chordify page (if the song is also on YouTube, Deezer or Soundcloud). It really couldn't be any easier to find those chords.

I hope you enjoy this neat little feature, which opens up a great website for you. As you will see right away—Chordify is built with a lot of care and attention to detail. Creating this connection has been a pleasure for me. I'm sure using it will be fun for you as well.


Chords, #NowPlaying, Prefix-Search and more!

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beaTunes 4.0.13 is out and it's not just fixes. Even though it's only a point release, it offers a couple of new things I hope you're going to like. The feature included in this release, that was demanded most, is most certainly prefix search. That's the kind of search, where typing the first couple of letters of a word already leads to matches, with no need to type the entire word.

Another new feature is the Share button. Located to the right of the volume knob, it allows you to tweet what you are listening to, conveniently marked with the #NowPlaying hash tag. On OS X 10.8 or later, beaTunes uses the system integration, on 10.7 and Windows it simply opens a browser window. In either case you can edit what you post, before it's published.

Last but not least, beaTunes 4.0.13 features a new Open in... context menu: Chordify, which lets find out the chords of any song in your collection that's also on YouTube, Deezer or Soundcloud. Just right-click on a song, choose Open in... > Chordify and watch the chords appear in your browser. If you like to play guitar, Chordify is a website you must know. I'll write more about it in another post.

There are a couple of other things fixed and new, which I don't want to go into in great detail. Please simply refer to the list below.

You can download the software from the download section of the website.

Most important changes in 4.0.13

  • Fixed translate button in Get Info lyrics pane.
  • Fixed issues with Apple Lossless on Windows.
  • Added Twitter share button.
  • Added prefix filter/search.
  • Added new read-only file inspector.
  • Added compilation column.
  • Added open in Chordify
  • Improved file system based sync speed.
  • Improved multi item Get Info panel.
  • Updated to Groovy 2.3.7.
  • Updated to JRuby
  • Split visible column popup into sub-menus.
  • Allow importing of zero tags.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

beaTunes 4.0.12

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Just a quick note: beaTunes 4.0.12 is out. You can download the software from the download section of the website.

Most important changes in 4.0.12

  • Turned StringDeduplication on.
  • Fixed identify lyrics language task.
  • Fixed wrong file deletion problem.
  • Fixed several Amazon context issues.
  • Improved empty line handling in lyrics.
  • Added setting of last played/skipped.
  • Moved to japlscript 3.1.0.
  • Moved to PCMSampledSP 0.9.3 for 32-bit wav files.
  • Removed 32-bit OS X launcher.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Maintenance Update: beaTunes 4.0.11

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Just like the previous update, beaTunes 4.0.11 is a minor maintenance update. However, updating is recommended.

You can download the software from the download section of the website.

Most important changes in 4.0.11

  • Fixed compute BPM button in info panel.
  • Fixed problem when removing last tag via button.
  • Updated discogs access token.
  • Improved enforcement of metadata write order.
  • Added full text search index self-repair.
  • Added logic to avoid duplicates in matchlists.
  • Moved to FFSampledSP 0.9.9.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

KeyToComment Plugin Update

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If you happen to be using the KeyToComment plugin with beaTunes 4, please update to version 3.0.2 via the plugin preferences pane. Should you be interested in hacking the plugin, the project sources can be downloaded from the site.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

beaTunes 4.0.10: Now with AV framework du jour

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I just released beaTunes 4.0.10, a minor maintenance update. If you have experienced crashes while analyzing Album Replay Gain on Windows, this update is the one you don't want to skip. On OS X, the move from the QTKit-based player to an AVFoundation-based one should not be noticeable. The reason for the move is not technical, but rather an attempt to use Apple's AV framework du jour.

You can download the software from the download section of the website.

Most important changes in 4.0.10

  • Moved from QTKit to AVFoundation on OS X.
  • Fixed possible crash when analyzing AlbumReplayGain on Windows.


A nasty little bug snuck into the original release of 4.0.10 for 64-bit Windows (OS X and 32-Bit Windows are fine). You can easily tell whether this is of concern to you, as most analysis tasks crash right away rather unceremoniously. I have replaced the 4.0.10 release with a fixed version. If you are having problems, please simply download and install 4.0.10 again. Thank you.

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