July 21, 2014 in Music and Recording (E)
[prMac.com] Cologne, Germany - tagtraum industries today is proud to announce beaTunes 4, a major update to their popular music library management utility for Mac OS X and Windows. beaTunes excels at fixing ID3 tags and automatically calculating musical key and tempo - features valued by music enthusiasts, DJs, and athletes alike.
Version 4 features not only completely revised algorithms and an overhauled user interface, but also a sophisticated new music player, capable of exploiting automatic song segmentation and similarity, thus allowing easy intra-song navigation.
"Many modern pop songs follow a very rigid structure. beaTunes can detect this structure and visualize it for the listener," says Hendrik Schreiber, founder of tagtraum industries. "With this information available, instead of jumping in predefined 10sec steps or randomly searching with a slider, you can jump to the next song segment or even a similar sounding part. I like to call this 'semantic navigation'. If all you want, is to find the chorus, this is gold."
Furthermore, by analyzing songs, beaTunes is capable of building playlists of similar sounding music. It can detect various types of metadata, such as beats-per-minute (BPM), missing artist or album information, identify song segments, detect language of the lyrics, musical key, as well as song color. Besides automatic playlist generation, all of this data also supports users when building playlists manually. In its new song transition column for example, beaTunes provides visual clues for potentially bad song transitions.
Naturally, this works better with consistent tags. beaTunes' inspection feature makes it quick and easy to find metadata inconsistencies in music libraries, ensuring that artist names are always spelled the same way, artwork is embedded in audio files, compilations are marked appropriately, rarely used genre names are replaced, etc. Of course beaTunes can also identify duplicates. Unlike many other dupe finders, version 4 does not only identify duplicates based on textual tags, but can also take acoustic fingerprints into account. This allows for identification of songs that sound the same, even if their names are completely different.
beaTunes is a must for the serious audiophile who wants to be in charge of fixing his collection's metadata. At the same time, beaTunes is invaluable for any athlete who wants to select music based on tempo. Aerobics, spinning, running are just a few of the possible applications.
Feature Highlights Include:
* Musical key detection (incl. tuning)
* Automatic BPM detection (beats-per-minute)
* Automatic segmentation suitable for pop songs
* Sophisticated library inspection
* Customizable track suggestion system
* Dupe finder
* ReplayGain calculation
* Playlist generator
* Mood tagging
* Seamless iTunes integration, if desired
* Plugin API
Most Important Improvements and Additions:
* Semantic music player
* Completely rewritten BPM, key, and color algorithms
* Acoustic dupe detection (requires prior calculation of fingerprints)
* Configurable playlist visualization
* Last.fm scrobbling, tag import, and mood inference
* Playlist import
* Completely overhauled UI
* Find and replace in textual metadata
* Improved scalability
* 64-bit support for Windows
* U.S. English, German, French, and Spanish
* 64-bit processor
* 4GB RAM
* iTunes 11, if iTunes integration is desired
* OS X 10.7.5, 10.8.3, 10.9.4
* Windows 7, 8, 8.1
Pricing and Availability:
beaTunes 4 is available for $34.95 (USD). An upgrade license for beaTunes 3.x users is offered for $11.95 (USD).
A 14 day trial demo is available. The trial version does not allow users to apply one-click solutions to inspection issues. NFR licenses are available for media reviewers.
tagtraum industries incorporated is an indy software shop founded in 2004 by Hendrik Schreiber in Raleigh, North Carolina. Its main focus lies on Mac software, Java-based solutions, architecture, implementation and optimization. tagtraum's operational base is Cologne, Germany. Copyright (C) 2014 tagtraum industries incorporated. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo and Mac OS X platforms are trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.