Thanks to iTunes dominance there isn’t much of a market for music players on the Mac. If you are as averse to iTunes as the Miller Folk, then you will appreciate options that do some of what iTunes does not. First on my list is a nifty app called beaTunes.
It’s not that there is anything really truly deeply wrong with using iTunes. It’s just that iTunes is such a beast. It’s far more of a media mall these days than it is a music player as it was back in the day. beaTunes brings the focus back to your music and your playlists.
No, beaTunes isn’t so much iTunes 2017 as it is iTunes around the turn of the century, back with focus was music and playlists. beaTunes analyzes your playlists and gives you options you didn’t have with iTunes. It helps to correct misnamed music, displays artist and album, plus time, beats per minute, and even the key. That makes it easier to build playlists based on the tempo of your music collection.
Yes, beaTunes helps integrate music from disparate sources, including online downloads, CDs, Napster collections, and more. It’s smart enough to analyze your music library and create special Matchlists which gather similar songs. That alone makes it worth the price of admission.
beaTunes analysis also digs into the data for each song, and recommends or corrects audio tags and inconsistencies– complete with recommended solutions. A few examples:
- Navigate in songs semantically (i.e., segment to segment)
- Automatically determine BPM (beats per minute)
- Automatically determine the musical key your songs are in
- Sort existing playlists so that matching songs succeed each other
- Create matchlists (i.e., playlists based on one or more sample songs)
- Browse songs from your music collection that match the currently selected song
- Find all songs iTunes marks with an exclamation mark and remove them from the library
- Find duplicates via acoustic fingerprinting
That said, this is one of those dear Mac apps that harkens back to yesteryear and needs to be tried to appreciate so there is a built-in try-before-you-buy trial of two weeks. beaTunes runs on Mac and Windows. I can’t speak for the Windows version but the Mac version requires good old fashioned hardware because the analysis takes CPU cycles away from other apps. That said, you’ll end up with an excellent library of playlists.