beaTunes News

Sunday, January 27, 2008

The right music makes you faster!

beaTunes LogoThe right music can motivate you to perform significantly better in your daily workout routine and even in competition. That's the gist of a number of recent articles in The New York Times, the British Telegraph and other reputable publications. They all quote the work of Dr. Costas Karageorghis, reader in Sports Psychology at Brunel University. According to his studies, six factors contribute most to the motivational properties of music:

  • rhythm
  • genre
  • melody (tune)
  • tempo (BPM)
  • sound of the instruments
  • beat

Together, these six factors can be measured with the Brunel Music Rating Inventory (BMRI-2).

According to the NYT article, Dr. Karageorghis found that one of the most important elements is a song’s tempo, which should be between 120 and 140 beats-per-minute, or BPM.

Since beaTunes lets iTunes users measure the BPM of their songs, it is an ideal tool to help people improve their workout playlists. Furthermore, with its configurable Matchlist feature it actively supports users in considering more than just one factor when building playlist.

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Amazon MP3 starts going global this year

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According to an official press release, Amazon MP3 will begin to offer its service globally this year. The company claims to be responding to thousands of emails from international customers, asking when the DRM-free MP3 store will open in their country.

While the press release states, that Amazon will start the international rollout this year, it does not give dates for individual countries, nor does it list the countries in which a store will actually open.

So even though the press release is somewhat preemptive - in the sense that it really only promises that at least one non-US store will open this year - this is very promising news for Amazon's international customers.

Since beaTunes can only analyze DRM-free music, this is also great news for beaTunes users.

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Happy New Year! (with beaTunes 1.2.7)

beaTunes LogoWe hope you all made it safely into the new year and wish you all the best for 2008. Fresh from the bits'n'bytes press we just uploaded a new release of beaTunes to our servers. It addresses some minor usability issues, problems with empty blog labels/terms and problems with private blogs. It also finally provides Windows folks - who don't have Windows Scripting Host (WSH) installed - with a better error message.


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