Tagtraum Industries has released beaTunes 2.0, the latest version of its iTunes library management tool. Version 2.0 features a completely rewritten internal database, lower memory consumption, the ability to recognize multiple iTunes libraries, faster analysis on Windows machines, tonal key detection, a second BPM detection algorithm, addition inspections for fixing metadata, an updated UI, and more. BeaTunes 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later, or Windows XP/Vista, iTunes 8.0.2 or later, and sells for $32; a free 14 trial is also available, along with a $12 upgrade for version 1.x users.
Elgato has announced its new 2009 EyeTV Hybrid USB TV Tuner Stick for North America and version 3.1 of its EyeTV software. The 2009 model of the EyeTV Hybrid improves upon the previous model with a new enclosure, built-in FM radio tuner, and better reception. It also includes EyeTV 3.1, the latest version of the TV watching and recording software. Version 3.1 offers the TV Guide electronic programming guide for North American users, new Smart Series Guides for recording all episodes of favorite shows, the ability to search the guide by genre, and advanced Parental Controls. The new 2009 EyeTV Hybrid USB TV Tuner Stick is available immediately and priced at $150; the EyeTV 3.1 upgrade will be a free download for all EyeTV 3 users later this month.
TuneUp Media has announced that its popular iTunes plug-in TuneUp is now available for Mac OS X. Previously available for Windows, TuneUp helps users by automatically fixing mislabeled song information and finding missing cover art without having to leave the iTunes interface. TuneUp takes an “audio fingerprint” of mislabeled tracks, and then uses Gracenote’s Global Media Database of more than 90 million songs to fill in missing or mislabeled information, all from within a sidebar designed to compliment iTunes. Following the cleaning of the user’s library, TuneUp provides contextual content such as upcoming local concerts for artists in the user’s collection, and YouTube videos, Google news and Wikipedia biographies related to the currently playing track. The unlimited version of TuneUp, TuneUp Gold, is available for Mac OS X and Windows and sells for a one-time fee of $20 or an annual subscription of $12; a limited free version is also available.
Equinux has announced the release of CoverScout 3, the latest version of its iTunes album art manager for Mac. CoverScout searches multiple music archives such as Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Google Images simultaneously to find album art for tracks within an iTunes library currently missing their art. In addition, it boasts a Cover Flow-inspired interface, an integrated cover editor, letting the user rotate, scale, crop, and adjust colors if needed, along with the ability to photograph rare album art using the iSight webcam built-in to many Mac computers. CoverScout 3 is available now in German, English and French for $40, and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
KennettNet Software has released Music Rescue 4.0, the latest update to its iPod media recovery tool. Announced in May, Music Rescue 4.0 adds new features such as QuickRecover, a way to easily rebuild an iTunes library, support for the iPhone and iPod touch, a revamped user interface, Smart Playlist support, an improved media player, and faster, smoother copying. To thank iLounge readers for their help in beta testing, KennettNet Software is offering all iLounge readers a half-price discount voucher for purchases of Music Rescue 4.0, valid until August 8th, 2008. To claim the discount, use the coupon code ILOUNGE during checkout on the company’s online store. Music Rescue 4.0 is available now and sells for £10 (roughly $20).
Ambrosia Software has released iToner 1.0.8, the latest update to its iPhone custom ringtone tool. iToner lets users easily transfer their own MP3, AAC, WAVE, and AIFF audio files to the iPhone as custom ringtones. The latest version, iToner 1.0.8, provides fixes for iTunes 7.7 and iPhone Software 2.0 compatibility, as well as Japanese localization. iToner requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later and sells for $15; a free trial download is also available.
PocketMac has introduced its new RingtoneStudio for iPhone software for Mac. RingtoneStudio for iPhone allows users to create iPhone-compatible ringtones up to 30 seconds in length from “practically any” unprotected video or audio file. The program offers drag-and-drop ringtone creation from files 30 seconds or less in length, lets the user choose the 30 second ringtone clip if the media file is longer than 30 seconds, and automatically adds the ringtones to the iTunes Ringtones list upon completion. PocketMac’s RingtoneStudio for iPhone requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and 10MB of free disk space, and sells for $15.
crispSofties has released iPod.iTunes 4.0, the latest version of its synchronization software for Mac OS X. iPod.iTunes synchronizes songs, videos, playlist and meta data in both directions between iPods and iTunes libraries. New in version 4.0 is support for jailbroken iPhones and iPod touches, auto sync suppression to keep iTunes from deleting songs on the iPod that the user plans to transfer back into iTunes, and the ability to eject an attached iPod or iPhone from within the application. iPod.iTunes 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, and is priced at 24.90 Euro (about $39) for a single user license. A demo version is also available.
Ambrosia Software has released iToner 1.0.7, the latest update to its iPhone ringtone creation software. iToner lets users easily transfer their own MP3, AAC, WAVE, and AIFF audio files to the iPhone as custom ringtones. New in iToner 1.0.7 is support for iPhone OS X 1.1.4 and a fix for an iTunes compatibility issue, along with other bug fixes and improvements. iToner requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later and sells for $15; a free trial download is also available.
Rogue Amoeba has released Airfoil 3.2, the latest update to its Airport Express streaming audio utility for Mac OS X. Airfoil allows users to send audio from any application to an Airport Express or Apple TV, and can also send audio to multiple AirTunes units simultaneously. New in version 3.2 is improved support for the 802.11n Airport Express, including full password support and better synchronization, as well as support for remote control of iTunes or QuickTime Player when transmitted via AirFoil. Users can control the applications using the Apple Remote through an Apple TV, or the Keyspan Express Remote through an Airport Express. Airfoil 3.2 is available now and is a free update for Airfoil 3 users; a full license runs $25.
KennettNet Software has announced Music Rescue 4.0, the latest upgrade to the popular iPod recovery tool. Music Rescue 4.0 adds new features such as QuickRecover, a way to easily rebuild an iTunes library, support for the iPhone and iPod touch, a revamped user interface, Smart Playlist support, an improved media player, and faster, smoother copying. Following a complete rewrite for both Mac and PC, version 4.0 is currently in the final stages of development. The company is now seeking beta testers, and has offered any reader who’d like to help test Music Rescue 4.0 a discount coupon worth 50% off the price of the new version. In addition, users who purchase Music Rescue 3.x (which sells for £10) now will get a free upgrade to version 4.0 when it is released by the end of June.
Sci-Fi Hi-Fi software has announced PodWorks 2.9.3, the latest update to its iPod song transfer application for Mac. According to the company, PodWorks 2.9.3 “includes a large number of changes aimed at increasing the performance, reliability, and ease of use of the application’s existing iTunes integration, as well as a new “metadata only” transfer feature that can set a song’s play count, last played date, star rating, and other attributes based on its counterpart on an iPod or iPhone.” PodWorks 2.9.2 is available for $8 and requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later.
Rogue Amoeba has released Airfoil 3.1, the latest version of its Airport Express streaming audio utility for Mac OS X. Airfoil allows users to send audio from any application to an Airport Express, and can also send audio to multiple Airport Express units simultaneously. New features in version 3.1 include support for the Apple TV’s new AirTunes feature, which allows Airfoil to stream audio to the set-top box, and support for Airfoil Speakers for Windows. The release also fixes a DVD playback issue with Mac OS X 10.5.2, and includes various other fixes and improvements. Airfoil 3.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and sells for $25; users of Airfoil 2 can upgrade for $10. In addition to the Mac version, Rogue Amoeba also offers Airfoil 2.5 for Windows; it sells for $25 as well.
Mark/Space has released The Missing Sync for iPhone 1.0.1, the latest verison of its iPhone synchronization software. The Missing Sync offers users data migration of contacts, tasks, events, and photos from Palm OS, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry smartphones, as well as the ability to archive, browse, and search iPhone call logs, SMS text messages, and notes. The latest version adds German and French localization, allows users to delete individual or selected calls from the call archive, and the SMS Log application now supports deleting all incoming and outgoing messages for a single contact. The Missing Sync for iPhone requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later and sells for $40; a crossgrade from qualifying Mark/Space products costs $25.
Ecamm Network has announced the release of MegaPhone 1.5. Formerly called iPhoneDrive, the Mac application allows iPhone and iPod touch users access to iTunes media, photos, notes, and other data stored on the device, as well as the ability to copy files and folders to the device for data storage and file transfer. Version 1.5 adds the ability to add and edit notes, including the ability to add text, PDF, and other files to the Notes application for reading and editing on the go. “We can now finally use the iPhone notepad to store important information,” explains Ken Aspeslagh, Ecamm Network’s iPhone specialist. “With MegaPhone, moving notes back and forth between the Mac and the iPhone is as simple as dragging in and out of the MegaPhone window.” MegaPhone 1.5 requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later, and sells for $20.
ZappTek has announced the release of iPDA 4.1, the latest version of its iPod companion software for Mac. iPDA can transfer Word, PDF, Apple Pages, RTF or text documents to the iPod for portable viewing, and can also download RSS feeds, weather forecasts, driving directions and news headlines directly to the iPod. In addition, it supports the transfer of information from Entourage, Stickies, Mail, Address Book and iCal to the iPod. iPDA 4.1 adds support for Entourage 2008, allows both Gmail and local mail messages to be on the iPod simultaneously, and also includes a number of bug fixes. iPDA 4.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 of later, and sells for $20.
Findley Designs has released iPod Access v4.2, the latest version of its iPod music and video transfer application. iPod Access allows users to browse and copy music and audio files from an iPod or iPhone back to the computer or to an external hard drive. New features in version 4.2 include support for the iPod touch, a new iPhone and iPod touch engine, improved iTunes duplicate checking, and improved playlist cloning. Findley Designs iPod Access v4.2 is available now for both Windows and Mac, and sells for $20.
Rogue Amoeba has released Airfoil 3, the latest version of the company’s Airport Express streaming audio utility for Mac OS X. Airfoil allows users to send audio from any application to an Airport Express, and can also send audio to multiple Airport Express units simultaneously. Version 3’s new features include “perfect” synchronization for multiple Airport Express units, Airfoil Speakers functionality that allows users to create a “virtual Airport Express” on other Macs on the local network, the Airfoil Video Player, and full support for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Airfoil 3 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and sells for $25; users of Airfoil 2 can upgrade for $10. In addition to the Mac version, Rogue Amoeba also offers Airfoil 2 for Windows; it also sells for $25.
Mark/Space has officially released its The Missing Sync for iPhone software. The Missing Sync offers users data migration of contacts, tasks, events, and photos from Palm OS, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry smartphones, as well as the ability to archive, browse, and search iPhone call logs, SMS text messages, and notes. Brian Hall, Mark/Space president and CEO, said, “Prospective iPhone customers want to know that they can take their existing smartphone data with them, and Missing Sync for iPhone is designed to meet that need. Existing and prospective iPhone customers alike will benefit from enhanced access to their Call Log, SMS text messages and Notes.” The Missing Sync for iPhone requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later and sells for $40; a crossgrade from qualifying Mark/Space products costs $25.
Findley Designs has released iPod Access Photo v1.3, the latest version of its photo utility for iPod. iPod Access Photo allows users to select individual photos and albums on their iPods and move them back onto their computer or external hard drive. New in version 1.3 is support for the iPhone and iPod touch, improved support for the iPod classic and iPod nano (with video), and support for Mac OS X 10.5. Other features include the ability to view photos by album, automatic use of the highest resolution image available, and the ability to copy all photos with one click. iPod Access Photo v1.3 is available now for Windows and Mac OS X.