Independent developer Tibor Andre has announced Tune-Instructor 3.2 for Mac OS X, his menu bar application that provides a variety of options for organizing iTunes files, plus convenient playback controls. The menu bar controller is always present and permits navigation and playback without opening iTunes. The controller also launches an optional Track Info window, which can display song information and scrolling lyrics. The app's most important feature is that it allows custom editing of ID3 tags, which contains all the metadata of iTunes MP3 files, so that users can organize their song libraries, titles, lyrics, artwork, files, and folders however they wish.
Advanced audio players and ID3 editors are called taggers, and permit batch tagging other utility functions. Tune-Instructor offers Search & Replace functionality across all the following categories: Name, Artist, Album, Album Artist, Composer, Show, Sort Name, Sort Artist, Sort Album, Sort Album Artist, Sort Composer, Sort Show, Genre, Comment, Grouping, Lyrics, and Episode ID. Search parameters include: Tag-Text Contains, Tag-Text Starts With, Tag-Text Ends With, Tag-Text Is Equal, Word Contains, Word Starts With, Word Ends With, and Word is Equal. Additional Tag operations, applicable to any of the 17 previously mentioned categories include: Upper/Lower Case set or reset; Copy, Swap, or Overwrite; Cut Numbers or Characters; Expand or Add Numbers or Characters; and Auto-Delete Tags or Unnecessary Spaces.
* iTunes Controller on menu bar
* Control Back/Forward, Play/Pause, Navigation Menu
* Navigation Menu accesses Last.fm functionality
* Navigation Menu accesses Lyrics Window, Organize Library, Preferences, Help, etc.
* Track Info Window shows track information in Info Mode or rating in User Mode, un/love tracks for Last.fm
* Lyrics Window scrolls lyrics automatically and remains the topmost window
* Edit ID3 Tags of iTunes songs
* Organize any iTunes Library according to customized criteria
Additional organizational features permit syncing of File Names and ID3 Tags; setting Folder Names according to ID3 Tags; searching, extracting, scaling, and syncing Album Artwork; searching for and extracting Lyrics from the ID3 Tag; and syncing the Library with the Media folder. A comprehensive Application Preferences window permits the user to set whether or not to have the app appear in the menu bar, and which windows and applications to launch automatically. Also under user control from the Preferences are the: Track Information Window, Lyrics Window, Controller Design and Visibility, Application Keyboard Shortcuts, Ratings, and Last.fm interconnectivity. Last.fm allows the user to keep a record of what they listen to, and receive recommendations based on their tastes.
"Most people who listen to music on iTunes don't realize how customizable their Library is," stated Developer Tibor Andre. "Tune-Instructor 3.2 let's you organize your music any way you like, and play music without opening the iTunes application."
* US English and German
Pricing and Availability:
Tune-Instructor 3.2 is free donationware and available now.
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