Set beats-per-minute in iTunes

So I’m in deep with my Mac. I’ve turned my back on Mozilla and Camino and am loving Safari; I’m slowly turning to the bubblesome cuteness of iChat over Fire; I’m loving iTunes 4 and new improvedness; I’ve just gone wireless; my ageing PowerBook seems faster than ever; I’m drinking Steve’s Kool Aid in huge splashy gulps.

One of the many tiny unadvertised features in the new iTunes is the ability to set beats-per-minute (BPM) for each track in its info. At least, I think this is new. Could be handy, I thought, for automatically creating playlists of similar tempo songs. But how, Steve, how do I work out what a song’s BPM is? A quick search on VersionTracker and voila! The fabulous iTunes-BPM Inspector. Just tap along to the current song and it works out, and sets, the BPM for you. It’s insane, but wonderfully so.

Comments

  • Whoa!
    Thanks SOOOO much for that! I’ve been wracking my brain with how to do it and was *blanches* using Excel to keep a file of the info when I had “guesstimated” it… It’s kinda important when figuring out what to load to listen to at the gym…
    Yay!

    Thanks again!

  • that’s good - BUT - I have over 7,000 tunes in my library and I would like a tool that can do the BPM counting for me and enter the BPM count for every song in the right filed in iTunes. It needs to work on Windows XP too because I’m not a Mac user.

    Any chance of some guidance on this? It would be fantastic if you could help.

    Many thanks

  • A BPM counter that updates the iTunes record for WinXP is exactly what I’m looking for, too…

  • check
    www.meanspeed.com
    www.meanspeed.blogspot.com

    this will get you a start.

    bets to you,
    Ian Schneider
    www.meanspeed.com

  • Check out beaTunes at http://www.beatunes.com/
    It automatically measures the BPM of your whole music collection.

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    Hendrik Schreiber at 3 Aug 2006, 8:22pm. Permalink

    Check out beaTunes at http://www.beatunes.com/
    It automatically measures the BPM of your whole music collection.
    Checked it: pure garbage.
    Why is all the BPM-ware shareware??? because IT CANNOT WORK—unless, maybe, it’s a Justin Timberlake-esque “song” with nothing but repetitive industrial noises at a steady frequency.

    Yup, BPM-ware is shareware because it is worthless.

    Ian Schneider
    www.meanspeed.com

  • Does anyone know of a good bpm finder that can find the bpm of all of your itunes songs? It needs to work on Windows, not Mac.

  • I used this one:
    http://www.tucows.com/preview/371806
    It’s been handy.

  • I can attest that tangerine does this quickly and accurately. It’s $25, but has a free 15-day trial with some export features neutered. Using the trial software, tangerine will tabulate all your tunes’.BPM and report that data within the tangerine interface. Then you can manually harvest the tangerine data to make bpm-based playlists, which isn;t that hard. I made 20 song playlists for all bpm from 105 to 170 bpm.

    Later, I can harvest fro those lists to make custom lists. It has been a boon to my workouts so far.

  • Im sorry but Tangerine SUCKS ASS. It cant even detect a simple house beat and will label a 120BPM song as 60BPM, forcing you to go in and manually override its foolish mistakes. Pure garbage!

  • Finally! Easy download and then just click in the little window in rhythm to the song and the number turns blue and then click set. Done! Only thing is, you have to do it for each song; but I have a few playlists already set up near like what I want.
    3000 songs to go! (it’s better than nothing :)

  • MixMeister BPM Analyzer is pretty good AND it’s free! All you do is open program, drag songs you want to get BPMs for and let it analyze. Then when you play the song again in iTunes, the BPM shows up. Works for most file types.

  • I downloaded the MixMeister BPM Analyzer but cannot get it to pull in my iTunes songs. It got my podcasts but not my songs. Any suggestions?

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