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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Here's your chance to win $600 (while helping out science)

Researchers at the Spanish company Telefónica are conducting a study on "online music taste" and are looking for participants. Here's their pitch:

Are you a music listener and user? Are you interested in helping out research while having the chance to win a $600 Amazon gift card? Please help us understand online music tastes by completing a survey that will only take around 15 minutes of your time and might even be fun!

All you need to do to participate is go to and provide your username and a valid email. We will check if you meet the requirements (at least 18 y.o. and 5000 scrobbles on and we will then send you a link to your personalized survey.

Good luck winning that gift certificate!

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Thursday, August 19, 2010


beaTunes2 logoJust a short post to mention that beaTunes 2.1.12 is out. The release focuses mainly on maintenance, fixing a number of minor things. As always, details are in the NOTES.


Monday, August 16, 2010

Importing Metadata from Filename

beaTunes2 logoBefore there was id3 most people organized their music by using folder and filenames. E.g.:

.../U2/How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb/01 Vertigo.mp3

Unfortunately, iTunes ignores folder structures when importing files, so all the valuable metadata is lost. This plugin offers a first step in recovering this information by allowing you to read the folder names and write them as album, artist, title and tracknumber to the iTunes database (and the id3 tags).

After installation, the plugin will show up in your Analysis Options dialog. It offers a couple of pre-defined patterns you can pick from. These patterns should cover about 80% of the typical cases. If your file/folder naming schema does not fit any of these patterns, don't use this plugin!

As always when mass-processing any files, try it out with just a few files and if you are uncertain of the outcome, don't do it or first create a backup that you know how to restore.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

ISMIR 2010 in Utrecht

beaTunes2 logoJust wanted to mention that I'm at ISMIR 2010 in Utrecht - if you happen to be there, too, come chat with me!