December 11, 2008 in iTunes (E)
[prMac.com] San Francisco, Calif - TuneUp, the most popular iTunes plug-in for Windows, arrives today for Apple users just in time for the holidays. Now any iTunes user can automatically fix their mislabeled song information and find missing cover art without having to leave the familiar iTunes interface. By providing correct song information and offering a complementary suite of features, TuneUp empowers users to get the most out of their music collections.
"TuneUp for Mac is a major step toward our goal of delivering the ultimate user experience for all music lovers," says Gabriel Adiv, CEO and founder of TuneUp. "Based on the overwhelmingly positive response we've received from the iTunes community, we're now working hard to expand the program to other major media players."
The product's foundation is a powerful cleaning function that takes an "audio fingerprint" of mislabeled tracks in a user's library, and automatically fills in the missing information using Gracenote(R)'s Global Media Database of more than 90 million songs. No more Track_01s, Unknown Artists or Beatles vs. TheBeatles vs. Beatles,The. Since launch, TuneUp has "cleaned" over 25 million such tracks.
In addition to correcting track information, TuneUp delivers missing cover art for a user's collection, vastly improving the iTunes/iPhone/iPod "cover flow" navigation experience. Additionally, the unique design as a "plug-in" makes all of its features possible within a sidebar that complements iTunes.
Once a user's library has been cleaned, TuneUp provides valuable contextual content. It knowingly displays upcoming local concerts for every artist in a collection, and fetches related YouTube videos, Google news and Wikipedia bios related to any playing track. Best of all, it's done by design, without asking users to fill out extra forms or create lists of favorite artists and albums from scratch.
Pricing and Availability:
For a limited time, a full-featured, free version of TuneUp is available with 500 "cleans" and 50 cover art "finds". "TuneUp Gold" provides unlimited cleans and cover art and can be purchased for a one-time fee of $19.95 (USD) or for an annual subscription of $11.95 (USD). The company plans to expand support to other major media players such as Windows Media Player and AOL's Winamp in 2009. Visit us in the Gracenote Booth at CES (#30333).
TuneUp Media is the company behind the TuneUp Companion, a software plug-in that enhances the digital music experience. It automatically "cleans" mislabeled tracks in a user's library, finds missing cover art, and presents useful contextual information to users, including: concerts, music videos, news and more. TuneUp is currently available for iTunes on Windows and Mac OS X, with support for other major media players planned for the near future. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For additional information please refer to their website. Copyright 2008 TuneUp Media. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, and iTunes are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.