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Thursday, January 29, 2015

The quickest way to scan through a new album

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A little while ago somebody requested a scan feature in the forum. Something that would play 10-20s of the most important part of a song and then move on to the next one. Ideal for quickly listening through a bunch of newly purchased songs to get a first impression. Back then I decided to quickly code a small beaTlet in Groovy to make it happen.

Today, I made the hack from back then a little bit more official. By that I mean, that you can now install the Scan Playlist plugin via the Plugins pane of the beaTunes preferences (v4.0.17 or later required). Simply click on the Plus button to install, restart beaTunes and you will find a new Scan control in the Controls menu. Admittedly, the plugin is still somewhat of a hack—after the first use, it's recommended to restart beaTunes again so some settings can take effect (in essence, the cover panel is turned off). Also, once scanning has started, you must stop it by using the same menu item (Stop Scan). Just pausing or using any other controls for controlling playback won't stop the scanning.

I hope this is useful for you. Enjoy!

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