beaTunes
beaTunes
5.2.0

4.1

beaTunes free download for Mac

beaTunes

5.2.0
05 October 2019

Organize your music collection.

Overview

beaTunes is a full-featured music player and organizational tool for music collections.

How well organized is your music library? Are your artists always spelled the same way? Any R.E.M. vs REM? beaTunes can easily fix this and other problems with its unique inspection feature (license required for applying one-click solutions). Could your last mix CD's song order use some improvement? Let beaTunes re-arrange your playlist for you! Always wondered how you could take advantage of the BPM (beats per minute) field? Let beaTunes fill in the blanks and help you while DJ'ing at your next party.

Here are some more examples of what you can do with beaTunes:

  • 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

What's new in beaTunes

Version 5.2.0:
Added:
  • Ability to delete fingerprints from database (to reduce size)
  • Support for macOS 10.15 (Catalina) Music.app
  • Support for Beatport during metadata import
  • Ability to force synchronization
Other:
  • Removed some annoying tooltips
  • Reduced database size
  • Changed keyboard shortcut for zero rating (Windows only)
  • Updated built-in Discogs database
  • Dropped support for old macOS versions, because of notarization
  • Fixed love/dislike propagation to iTunes (macOS only)

45 beaTunes Reviews

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Donmontalvo
03 June 2014

Most helpful

I'm sorry, but in today's world, Java and Flash are dirty words. BeaTunes, I love you, but, well...bye. Don
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Version 3.5.19
RogerKatz
26 March 2018
MacUpdate says its compatible with macOS X 10.7.5 to macOS 10.13.2 - what about macOS 10.13.3??
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Version 5.1.2
MacUpdate-Ishaq
18 November 2015
BeaTunes is approachable as a general music playback app while remaining a robust and novel DJ library management utility that is initially unassuming for the novice but still expansive and delightful for the veteran. Its interface has a distinctly Apple vibe with its familiar 3-pane setup making it easy to navigate, but it’s dotted tastefully with with helpful, colorful information throughout. The hallmark feature of beaTunes is its ability to analyze your music and display BPM, musical key, and ‘color’, which is analogous to the mood of the song. Songs of the same or similar color sound great together; very different colors will be more jarring when played back to back. These are the most basic bits of analysis that you can have performed on your music, but for the true audiophile that wants to emphasize the particulars, there is a world of granularity lying just under the surface. Your first launch of beaTunes will be the most time-intensive one as it scans your library and analyzes each track with an ear for a series of information. beaTunes is an all-in-one master of your library, able to edit and update metadata as easily as it offers a semantic breakdown of a song’s structure. For the perfectionist DJ, volume levels are at hand to avoid any jarring volume transitions, song key is at hand to ensure a harmonious set, and color is made obvious to keep the mood going in the right direction. And for a user just trying to make an action or event specific playlist, beaTunes is the perfect option as it takes all the guesswork out of playlist creation, offering up great suggestions and crucial information to give you variety that works beautifully and seamlessly. Whether you need an iTunes library helper or a full-featured DJ library utility, beaTunes is poised to help just about anyone.
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Version 4.5.6
Maclover1-1
04 October 2015
Please get rid of the front/back animation of covers, it is useless, very laggy and brings nothing except beachballing heartache. We live in the age of flat design not creepy make-believe 3D shadow land.
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Version 4.5.4
1 answer(s)
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
09 January 2016
Why you posting that here instead of contacting the developer?
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pcharles
11 September 2015
The more I use this software, the more frustrated I get. When I first downloaded it, I thought it was a really fresh way of looking at my music. What I needed was a way to look at the bpm and time signature of the tracks for Ice Dance. In an email exchange with the company, it turns out that the time signature algorithm does not work for most songs. It was not even working on tracks that were so obviously 3/4.

The other problem I have is how laggy it is. I am running this on a 4GHz Quad Core i7 with 16GB RAM and a 3TB Fusion drive. So it should be smooth. The problem is that when the software is running anything, the music controls grind to a halt. So, for example, I am currently looking for a roughly 100 bpm Christmas track for a skating number. I set the system to analyze a selection of holiday songs, and then tried to start listening to them as they BPM values filled in. You click the play button and then you have to wait for it to start. To go to the next track you have to click pause and wait longer for it to stop. It is so slow. If you want to change the volume you have to try and turn the microdot in the top right corner! Who could possible think that was a good idea!!! SLIDERS are the way to go!

On to matching! I wanted the software to match tracks from my holiday library to Blue Christmas (95bpm). So, I set up the matching and nothing happened. So I switched to the whole library and it was fine. So I added the "Holiday" Genre and all the songs went away. In the end I went to iTunes, selected Smart Playlist (Genre and BPM Range) and I was done in seconds.

Do not make the same mistake I did. Test the software carefully before you hand over your $35! If I had known the time signature algorithm was little more than a "joke" I would not have bothered. I'm going to try again later when I've calmed down a bit and emailed the company for help, but right now I am very frustrated with it. If I figure out the matching I will post an update!
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Version 4.5.2
4 answer(s)
Meister-Fritz
Meister-Fritz
04 October 2015
Yeah, with that hardware configuration, which is similar to mine, the application should run smoothly.
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hs-1
hs-1
11 November 2015
Sorry you're having such a bad time with beaTunes.

Just one hopefully helpful comment:

> If you want to change the volume you have to try and turn the microdot in the top right corner! Who could possible think that was a good idea!!! SLIDERS are the way to go!

You can actually click anywhere on that knob and move the mouse left or right, exactly like you would with a slider. Just the visualization is a little different.

If you need any more help/advice, please contact me in the support forum at http://help.beatunes.com/
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pcharles
pcharles
11 November 2015
Since posting the original review, there have been a number of updates (currently 4.5.5.) and it seems like the time signature is starting to fill in during analysis, but it still does not seem to recognize waltzes. I would think that is the easiest to spot. It is

I don't agree that the circle and slider are the "same" concept because I find the circle a lot more difficult to use.

The big problem is still the amount of time it takes to start and stop a track while the software is running an analysis. It almost feels like the software is incapable of handling multitasking, or whatever it is called now.

Despite its technical issues, the software is still pretty useful, although it would be nice if the time signature could recognize 3/4 time.
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dbaps2
dbaps2
12 March 2016
If we could just have software that does a file match and keeps the higher bitrate I will be thrilled. Does anything do this now? I can't find it. Sure, software will look inside Itunes to do it, but nothing for just a file structure of music. Oh well...
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Wts
01 September 2015
I have this app and am somewhat disappointed with it.

I still do not understand why this app has to have iTunes start/run in the background. Such a waste of CPU resources.

Also you can not apply AU plug-ins to enhance the tracks and give the audio tracks your own sound.

Still prefer Fidelia because it does not run iTunes in the background and you can apply AU plug-ins.

Also it is a bit pricey for what it really can not do.
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Version 4.5.1
1 answer(s)
hs-1
hs-1
11 November 2015
> I still do not understand why this app has to have iTunes start/run in the background. Such a waste of CPU resources.

One of beaTunes' primary features is to correct and calculate metadata (like name, bpm, etc.) and store this data in either the files, iTunes, or both.

If you are using iTunes at all, and using an iTunes-based library, beaTunes communicates all changes to iTunes, so that the data shown in iTunes is always current. This is done via AppleScript (or COM on Windows). For it to work, iTunes *must* be running (wish it wasn't so).

If you don't care about iTunes at all and can live with it showing outdated data, you can also use a so called folder-based library. In that case, beaTunes does not need iTunes to run.

More info about different kinds of beaTunes libraries can be found at http://blog.beatunes.com/2015/01/different-libraries-for-different-needs.html

> Still prefer Fidelia because it does not run iTunes in the background and you can apply AU plug-ins.

I hardly know the software, but my impression is that it aims at being a great audio player. That, and nothing else.

beaTunes on the other hand tries to be an audio analysis and metadata correction tool, which helps you to build playlists. And yes, it also has an audio player built in—but that's not the primary focus.
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Donmontalvo
26 March 2015
Kudos to the developer for turning around this project. Thanks for bringing the app up to speed, so Java that is embedded is up to date. 4.5 stars, lost .5 stars for waiting to be called out on the problem before addressing. :)
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Version 4.0.22
anandwr
22 November 2014
It has everything I need, but it's too expensive.
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Version 4.0.13
1 answer(s)
Beatunes
Beatunes
17 December 2014
Every now and then beaTunes is on sale on MacUpdate. You might want to check "Email me when discounted" at the top of the page.
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msager
03 August 2014
Fantastic app, helped me organize my sprawling iTunes library quickly and neatly.
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Version 4.0.2
CPWicks10934
01 August 2014
I have been using this App for several years and find it indispensable. My iTunes music library, over 40,000 tunes, would have grown totally out of control without the beaTunes and the great inspection function it has. In addition the Analysis function is key to identifying additional characteristics for each tune and in developing outstanding playlists. Support is very responsive and extremely knowledgable so that you get fast responses and responses that address any issue you might have without a long string of back and forth conversation. Thanks for this great App. Cliff
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Version 4.0.1
Donmontalvo
24 July 2014
Is there a reason beaTunes can't use OS X native Notification Center dialog boxes...instead of fake ones that look...well...fake?
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Version 4.0.1
2 answer(s)
Beatunes
Beatunes
25 July 2014
AFAIK, no program uses OS X Notification Center dialog boxes, when it's in the foreground. That's just the way it is.
When beaTunes is in the background, it uses OS X Notification Center dialog boxes like any other software.
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Donmontalvo
Donmontalvo
06 August 2014
Thanks for clarifying, makes sense.
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4.1

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11.6 or later
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