Keeping time in iTunes
Question : Is there a way to get the "beats per minute" information
for a song automatically filled in for iTunes tracks ?
The iTunes program is a little database and can display information like
the track's title, artiste and album information, as well as the tempo (
beats per minute ) and other details.
If you want to see the text and
art embedded with a song, select the track in the iTunes window. Go to
the File menu and select the Get Info option to see several tabs worth
of data on that particular song. The beats-per-minute field --
abbreviated as "BPM" -- is on the Info tab.
Having the beats per
minute field filled in can be helpful, say, if you want to round up a
bunch of fast songs in your library to make a playlist for a cardio
workout at the gym.
While iTunes can display the beats-per-minute
information, it doesn't actually calculate a song's tempo itself. If you
have a large library and don't want to sit there tapping the table so
you can type in the beats yourself, you can have software handle the
For example, the US$25 beaTunes program (
www.beatunes.com; free one-week
trial version available ) for Windows and Mac OS X systems has an
automatic BPM detection feature that can analyse the tempo of all the
tracks in your iTunes library and fill in the BPM field for you. ( The
program does more than just count beats -- you can also use it to scan
and fix typos and inconsistencies in song tags, as well as other library
maintenance chores. )
You can find a list of other programs, widgets
and plug-ins for calculating beats per minute in your iTunes or Winamp
music library on the BPM Detection page at
the beats-per-minute rating is not showing up as a column in your list
of songs in iTunes, you can get it by going to the View menu, selecting
"View Options" and checking the box next to "BPM."