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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Featuring: Savable Matchlists

beaTunes LogoYes, it's time again for a beaTunes Early Access release - this one's number 9.

The biggest new item is the ability to save Matchlists. Yep, that's right - you can now create Matchlists and re-run the same rules, seeds etc. to update the already created playlist. This is particularly useful, when you added a bunch of songs to your library since you created the Matchlist. Or you fine-tuned the used ruleset and want to apply these changes. Or... well, I guess you got the idea. To update a Matchlist, just CTRL/Right-click on the list icon and choose Update Matchlist.

Another major improvement for Matchlists is the selection of multiple seed songs. You don't anymore have to select all seed songs before you create the Matchlist. You can start with some easily selectable songs, open the Matchlist dialog, and then add some more songs, by simply dragging them into the dialog.

I also tried to undo the damage done to the user interface by Apple's Java 1.5.0_16 update, which left most button margins/insets in a rather unattractive state.

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 versions (even though we make a reasonable effort)
  • This version will cease to function 2 weeks after its release
  • You cannot buy this version

Just so that there is no doubt about it: EA9 isn't even a beta version.

And here are the download links:

Note for EA8 users

There will be some updates to the database.

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Blogger beaTunes said...

Unfortunately something went wrong in the database update code. So it is unlikely that this release will work for people who are updating from a previous EA release. If you are comfortable with losing all your beaTunes specific data, you may simply delete the database folder (located in ~/Library/Application Support/beaTunes or C:\Documents and Settings\username\.beaTunes) and the database will be recreated the next time you start beaTunes. That said, I hope that I am able to fix the update code so that the next EA release will correctly update EA 8 as well as EA 9 databases.

October 7, 2008 at 9:15:00 AM EST  

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