beaTunes News

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Why beaTunes does not embed numeric keys

beaTunes2 logoI get asked this again and again: Why doesn't beaTunes write some numeric key to the TKEY id3 tag? The short answer is pretty simple: It's against the id3 specs.

The long answer is a little more complicated. I recently posted it here.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Increasing Fingerprint Lookup Performance

beaTunes2 logoSome of you might have noticed that anything to do with online services has been a little slow recently. Let me assure you, I'm aware of the problem and am working on it.

As a first step to improve the situation, I added two brand-new fingerprint lookup server today. They will take some of the (read-only) load of the main processing server and hopefully lead to much faster fingerprint lookups. In essence, this should accelerate both the initial metadata-based lookup, which happens when beaTunes shows that little progress dialog ("looking up data"), and the fingerprint-based lookup, which is part of an analysis step in the task queue. To further increase throughput, I'm planning to also upgrade the main processing server, probably in November.

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