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Thursday, May 26, 2011

beaTunes 3 Early Access 6

beaTunes2 logoToday's release focuses once more on a couple of details. For those who can't decide between MP3 and AAC, beaTunes now offers FLAC and OGG support—at least in directory based libraries. The support is still somewhat limited. E.g. the player in the Get Info dialog is working mostly, but not completely. That said, at this point I'm not aiming at writing yet another music player—there are more than enough of those out there already. And in version 3, beaTunes plays nicely with them. Just click on a song and beaTunes will let you open the song in other suitable applications installed on your computer.

As you can see in the screenshot, the context offers some other new goodies. And no, I'm not talking about Bonaparte—I meant items like Show in Playlist... or Play Next in iTunes DJ.

Other little improvements can be found in Drag and Drop on playlists, number hotkeys in the inspection solutions panel, and a bunch of other little fixes.

As always, there is some more info in the NOTES.txt file.

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 or previous versions (even though I make a reasonable effort)
  • This version will cease to function 1 week after its release
  • You cannot buy this version

And here are the download links:


This EA version changes beaTunes' internal database layout quite a bit, which takes a while. Do not interrupt this process, even if it takes very long! beaTunes 2.x will not be able to use the database anymore, after you ran beaTunes 3.0. If you intend to try 3.0 and then go back to 2.x, make sure you back up the database before you try 3.0 (depending on your OS it's in ~/Library/Application Support/beaTunes/Database, C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\tagtraum industries\beaTunes\database or C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\tagtraum industries\beaTunes\database)! You also might want to check out this article about exporting beaTunes data.

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