BPMer

BPMer 1.1.10

Measure beats per minute in iTunes

If you're an aspiring DJ or are holding a party, then it's useful to know the beats per minute (BPM) of your tracks so that you can mix them in a way that doesn't sound terrible. View full description

PROS

  • Instantly calculates BPM for your iTunes tracks
  • Easy to use

CONS

  • Slow at scanning
  • Can be prone to instability when viewing log
  • Doesn't work for all tracks

Good
7

If you're an aspiring DJ or are holding a party, then it's useful to know the beats per minute (BPM) of your tracks so that you can mix them in a way that doesn't sound terrible.

BPMer is a plug-in for iTunes which allows you to do exactly this, so that you can better mix your tracks. BPMer features a completely automatic BPM detector which can process batches of MP3 files or entire iTunes playlists. It can even automatically write the BPM to the metadata of the MP3 file and export the results to iTunes, so glancing through your playlist makes it easy to identify tunes with a similar BPM rating.

While for most MP3 or AAC files BPMer works fine, it does sometimes struggle with certain tracks. If it can't detect the right BPM, it applies a random number, so be careful when mixing for the first time! The other problem is that it does take quite a while to analyze your music. The same goes for showing the progress log, which almost crashed my system.

The big advantage of BPMer is that you don't need to put your music in an external application to calculate their BPM - you can do it directly in iTunes. The disadvantage, as mentioned, is that results may not be entirely accurate and it can be slow.

Note that to see the BPM in your iTunes playlists, you have to select 'View' in iTunes and then 'View Option', and select 'BPM'.

BPMer has plenty of bugs and drawbacks but it is one of the most convenient ways to assess the BPM of your iTunes collection to make your mixes sound more impressive.

BPMer supports the following formats

MP3, AAC
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BPMer 1.1.10

User reviews about BPMer

  • lpt3

    by lpt3

    "This is not the software you're looking for."

    This software bills itself as functional, but is anything but. It will leave your id3 tags a mess, and it won't even cor... More.

    reviewed on May 22, 2012

  • jgn333

    by jgn333

    "They released a script to reset original beginnings and endings"

    Not so bad since I found that they released a script to reset beginnings and endings of songs to their original. They sh... More.

    reviewed on December 31, 2011

  • jgn333

    by jgn333

    "Stay Away. Seriously ! Don't do as I did."

    Be careful if you use the BPMer option to reduce intros. The result is not good at all, even awful, and the app does not... More.

    reviewed on December 20, 2011

  • beemsterman

    by beemsterman

    "Be careful if you're devoted to your cover art"

    I ran a little test with some songs. It added the right BPM to a few tracks but also deletes some of you cover art. So ... More.

    reviewed on August 15, 2010