beaTunes News

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Non-DRM songs now on iTunes

iTunes logoWith the new iTunes 7.2 out today, Apple starts to sell non-DRM music provided by EMI. As mentioned earlier, the songs are sold for $1.29 a piece. Apple dubbed the new offering iTunes Plus.

By the way, as Erica Sadun has been quick to point out, just like the DRM-cousins, non-DRM files purchased from iTunes have the buyer's account name embedded...

In another press release Apple also announced iTunes U, offering lectures from leading US universities for free.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

beaTunes 1.1.5 is out

beaTunes LogoWe have just released beaTunes 1.1.5. The newest version of the top iTunes library management tool features several bugfixes and enhancements:

  • We adapted the blogging code to recent changes in
  • The characters &<>!@, are now automatically dropped from labels/tags sent to, since blogger does not support them.
  • To improve inspection, we added natural language single digit expansion to albumtypo-inspector and artisttypo-inspector. This means, that beaTunes will now recognize, that e.g. "four" and "4" mean the same thing. Note that this feature is limited to the numbers 0 to 9 of most major languages.
  • Other minor usability improvements.


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Saturday, May 12, 2007

beaTunes top tool for managing iTunes

beaTunes LogobeaTunes has just been named top tool for managing iTunes libraries on the Mac by tech writer Ryan Faas.

In his article he describes the beaTunes inspection feature extensively. Then he concludes:

Its capability to identify major errors in the way songs are tagged—as well as to help you find new ways of looking at your music and its capability to automate the creation of playlists—make beaTunes an great iTunes helper.