For example, how often would you use an app that finds and deletes duplicate photos in iPhoto? Once a year? Here’s the tale of beaTunes, a clever Mac app that organizes your music collection in ways you never thought of– but once it’s done, it’s done, right?
Not One And Done
Right up front let me tell you that beaTunes is a pretty cool Mac app, despite the price tag, because it does to your music what iTunes does not.
beaTunes listens to your music collection, and analyzes metadata; key, temp, color, loudness, similarities, and those all important acoustical fingerprints (everyone has ’em).
That background analysis comes in handy because beaTunes is a whiz at creating music playlists.
Wait! There’s more!
beaTunes does to your music collection what we all hate to do. It cleans up the mess. I have music from the free MP3 days, from CD collections, from vinyl albums, plus, Amazon, Google, and iTunes downloads.
This clever app spellchecks audio tags in your music and suggests changes and makes them for you.
beaTunes has this nifty playlist maker function which starts with a song of your choice and then suggests songs to match and repeats that process until you’ve built a custom playlist.
Everything about using beaTunes is good except you may not use it often once you’ve cleaned up your playlists and created new ones for different locales or settings or moods, so justifying the price tag requires some consideration. There’s also a Windows version, but both Mac and Windows beaTunes require Java, which may be a non-starter for some users given Java’s constant stream of security issues.