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Tagtraum releases beaTunes version 2.0

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.

Xplay 3.1 adds iPhone, iPod touch drive access

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Mediafour has released Xplay 3.1, the latest version of its iPod utility software for Windows. Version 3.1 adds the ability to access the iPhone and iPod touch directly, mounted as external drives, making it easy to access and backup music stored on the device, and enabling the device to function as a portable drive. In addition to drive letter access, the new version offers improved control over photos, and allows direct copying from one iPod to another. XPlay 3 is available now and runs $30 for a single license, or $40 for a two computer license. Previous owners of XPlay can upgrade to the new version for $15 ($25 for 2-pack upgrade).

Music Rescue 4.0 offers QuickRecover, iPhone, iPod touch support

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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).

CopyTrans releases CopyTrans Photo transfer tool

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CopyTrans, makers of the iPod backup and recovery software of the same, has released CopyTrans Photo, a new photo transfer and backup tool for the iPod and iPhone. The new software, designed for Windows XP and Vista, allows for drag-and-drop photo transfers to and from iPods/iPhones and PCs, in-application navigation and browsing of photos stored on the iPod or iPhone, photo backup, the ability to view photos stored on the device as a slideshow, and the ability to create, delete, rename, and edit iPod and iPhone photo albums. CopyTrans Photo is compatible with all photo-capable iPods and iPhones, and is available now for $30.

Windows version of Missing Sync for iPhone now available

Mark/Space has announced that a Windows version of its data transfer software, The Missing Sync for iPhone, is now available. The Missing Sync for iPhone supports migration from most BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian OS, and Palm OS devices, providing a step-by-step Migration Assistant to aid in the transferring of contacts and calendars, including those stored using Outlook 2003 or 2007. The program also collects and archives all iPhone SMS messages, keeps a log of all incoming, outgoing and missed calls from the phone, and can transfer notes from the iPhone, which can then be read using the included Mark/Space Notebook. The Missing Sync for iPhone is available as an electronic download from the Mark/Space online store for $40, and requires a PC running Windows XP or Windows Vista.

SuperSync iTunes library tool updated to version 2.4

SuperSync, a iTunes library synchronization and management tool, has been updated to version 2.4. SuperSync lets users synchronize their music libraries between multiple computers over the internet. The latest version adds a dozen new features, including a new look for the user interface, support for .m4r ringtone files and Ogg Vorbis audio files, the ability to copy user-generated metadata such as volume adjustment, grouping, EQ settings, ratings, played counts and beats-per-minute, and an advanced iPod reader to aid in the downloading of music, video, and playlist content from an iPod. SuperSync 2.4 is available now for Mac OS X and Windows, and is priced at $29 for a 2-machine license. A demo version is also available.

KennettNet announces Music Rescue 4.0, testers wanted

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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.

Handbrake 0.9.2 adds video, audio improvements

Popular open-source DVD to MPEG-4 converter Handbrake has been updated to version 0.9.2, adding support for Dolby Digital 5.1 (AC3) surround sound in MP4 files and iPhone-compatible anamorphic video. In addition, it includes multi-track audio support, more flexible anamorphic video, dynamic range compression for encoding from AC3 audio, numerous bug fixes, and more. Handbrake 0.9.2 is available as a free download for Mac OS X (10.5 Leopard required), Windows, and Linux.

MediaFour ships XPlay 3 iPod utility software

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MediaFour has announced the release of XPlay 3, the latest version of its iPod utility software for Windows. Announced in November, XPlay 3 offers many new features and improvements, including the ability to copy music, playlists, pictures and video to and from an iPod, the ability to use an iPod with Windows Explorer, Media Player and Media Center, lost song recovery, automatic conversion of unprotected WMA files, and the ability to auto-sync music and pictures from Windows Media Player. Also, XPlay 3 works with both Mac and Windows iPods, and allows Mac iPods to work with iTunes for Windows. XPlay 3 is available now and runs $30 for a single license,  or $40 for a two computer license. Previous owners of XPlay can upgrade to the new version for $15 ($25 for 2-pack upgrade).

SuperSync 2.0 offers speed, setup, transfer improvements

SuperSync has announced the release of its SuperSync 2.0 personal music library synchronization software. SuperSync lets users synchronize their music libraries between multiple computers over the internet. The latest version of the software allows up to five simultaneous track uploads and downloads, making synchronization faster, and features a completely redesigned file transfer interface, support for automatic Universal Plug and Play router setup, improved iTunes integration, and more. SuperSync 2.0 is available now for Mac OS X and Windows, and is priced at $29 for a 2-machine license. A demo version is also available.

CopyTrans 2.0 offers new interface, features

Wind Solutions has introduced its CopyTrans 2.0 iPod backup and recovery tool. The release, which the company describes as the “most important revamp” in the program’s three-year history, offers direct importing of iPod videos and podcasts into iTunes, a revamped interface, a simplified backup sequence, more flexible renaming options, and more. CopyTrans 2.0 is available now as a free demo for Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003 or Vista; the full version sells for $20.

Mediafour announces XPlay 3 iPod add-on for Windows

Mediafour has announced the upcoming release of the latest version of XPlay, its iPod add-on software for Windows. XPlay 3 offers many new features and improvements, including the ability to copy music, playlists, pictures and video to and from an iPod, the ability to use an iPod with Windows Explorer, Media Player and Media Center, lost song recovery, automatic conversion of unprotected WMA files, and the ability to auto-sync music and pictures from Windows Media Player. Also, XPlay 3 works with both Mac and Windows iPods, and allows Mac iPods to work with iTunes for Windows. Designed for Windows XP and Vista, XPlay 3 works with all iPod models except for iPod touch and iPhone. XPlay 3 will be available on February 4, 2008 for $30, and upgrades from previous versions will run $15. Any purchase of XPlay 2 on or after November 1 qualifies for a free upgrade to XPlay 3.

Dot.Tunes offers iTunes library streaming to iPhone, iPod touch

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Dot.Tunes, a media library streaming application for Mac OS X and Windows, has announced plug-ins for the iPhone and iPod touch. These plug-ins allow Dot.Tunes users to access and stream media from their iTunes libraries to their iPhone or iPod touch over the internet, through a customized interface. Dot.Tunes version 4 is a free download; the iPhone and iPod touch plug-ins sell for $20 each. Also, for a limited time, Dot.Tunes is offering a 25% discount to iLounge visitors. For a demonstration of the software, visit dottunes.net.

HandBrake 0.9.0 brings iPhone compatibility, more

HandBrake, a popular DVD to MPEG-4 video conversion utility for Mac, Linux, and Windows, has been updated to version 0.9.0. This new release includes a myriad of improvements, such as a newly-envisioned interface on the Mac, a totally re-developed Windows interface, improved picture quality, new high-quality presets, improved multi-threaded encoding for the iPod, new presets for devices including the iPhone and PSP, and support for DTS as an audio source. HandBrake 0.9.0 is available now as a free download.

WindSolutions intros CopyTrans Doctor iPod repair tool

WindSolutions has introduced its CopyTrans Doctor iPod repair tool. The software, which is still in Beta, is able to find errors on the iPod’s disk and fix them, find songs listed in the iPod’s library but not on its disk, and vice versa. In addition, WindSolutions plans on adding the ability to recover accidentally deleted songs from the iPod in the coming days. CopyTrans Doctor v0.95 is available to Windows users as a free download from the company’s website.

Windows Vista update fixes iPod/iTunes woes

Microsoft has released a Windows Vista update to fix iPod compatibility problems. “The release is for users worldwide and works with the latest version of Apple iTunes to correct an issue that caused some iPods to become corrupted when ejecting them using Windows Explorer or the ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ function in the System Tray,” reports Microsoft’s Windows Vista Team Blog. “The long and short of it is this:  Apple and Windows have partnered together to ensure a great experience in using Windows Vista with iTunes and the iPod, and both companies recommend you download this update.”

Soundflavor DJ spins iTunes

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Soundflavor today released Soundflavor DJ, digital music software that helps iTunes users create playlists, rediscover the songs in their library, and discover new music based on songs that they already like. Soundflavor DJ is powered by the Music Recommendation Engine and song recommendations are based on more than six years of research that includes the analysis of hundreds of thousands of songs, spanning nearly every genre of music. Soundflavor DJ works as a companion to iTunes and is available for free to Windows XP users. A Mac version, as well as support for additional digital music software such as Windows Media Player, is planned.

MojoPac puts personal computer on an iPod

RingCube Technologies has released MojoPac, new software that allows users to mirror a computer’s personal settings and files on a portable storage device such as an iPod or USB flash drive. “To use MojoPac, consumers simply install the MojoPac software on their favorite device, install their applications and copy their files, select their settings and environment preferences, and then take it with them wherever they go,” explains the developer. “Whenever they plug their MojoPac enabled device into a Windows XP based PC, they can launch MojoPac, turning the host PC into a customized and private computing environment that recreates the same computing experience the consumer enjoys at home or work.” MojoPac sells for $30.

Avanquest releases iGadget software for iPods

Avanquest Software has announced the release of iGadget, new software which the company calls the “ultimate tool and companion for your iPod.” The $30 software allows users to move iPod music files and playlists to and from any PC, as well as download Outlook e-mails, contacts and appointments, RSS news feeds, Podcasts, driving directions, weather forecasts, horoscopes, movie showtimes and more to an iPod for on-the-go viewing. iGadget works with Windows 98/2000/XP and requires Outlook 2002/Office XP or later for Outlook integration. The company said the software is compatible with all iPod models in the marketplace.

iPresent It for Windows released

ZappTek has announced the release of iPresent It for Windows. Like the original Mac OS X version, iPresent It for Windows allows you to convert PowerPoint or PDF presentations into slideshows that are synced with your iPod. The software sells for $18. “Never carry a laptop into a presentation again; it’s all on your iPod,” says the developer.

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