Shrink your Database
For certain features like acoustic duplicate detection or lookup of metadata for files with no metadata whatsoever, audio fingerprints are a great feature. However, when you've fixed all your metadata and are not hunting for duplicates, they take up a lot of space in beaTunes' internal database. That's why beaTunes 5.2.0 introduced a new feature that I believe is very handy, if you have a large library. It allows you to quickly delete all fingerprints from the database, which can substantially shrink the database file. Why is this a good thing? The more the database grows, the more disk I/O may happen, and the slower everything becomes. So if beaTunes feels sluggish, you have a large library, and you don't need those fingerprints anymore—just get rid of them, by opening the
Tools menu and choosing
Delete Fingerprints. This will delete all fingerprints currently in your internal beaTunes database. Note that for this to take full effect, you will need to restart beaTunes, as database compression always happens on shutdown. Depending on the size of your database, it might even be beneficial to restart beaTunes a couple of times.
Can the Fingerprints be recreated?
You can always re-analyze your library. Starting with v5.2.1., if the fingerprints are embedded in your files, you can also re-import them using Refresh From File (File menu).
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