Well, I can manually make lists, skip around, skip to the next, etc. with iTunes.
Beatunes of course can automate some of this. I think it would be good to have some list, then start playing something like a minute of a song, then skip to the next song. One could listen to these songs in the background without having to stay right in front of the computer clicking things. Peek is good because many song's have a long introduction before they get to the main part; so it is good to skip thru a list and see how the songs work in the list.
I don't think Beatunes is scriptable. Peek next is not too different that just sitting at the keyboard and clicking--one less down arrow click.
hendrik on 10 Dec, 2014 10:51 AM
OK - I think I now understood what you want.
Please turn off the cover panel as described in
this article, then install the attached beaTlet plugin.
This article describes how that is done: You pretty much simply
place the file in the plugin directory and restart beaTunes.
There will be a new menu item in the Controls menu
called Scan that more or less does what you want.
Please note, that this is a hack.
It's not localized to any language and it might behave in
unexpected ways. In particular: Once scanning has started, you must
stop it by using the same menu item (Stop Scan). Just
pausing or using any other controls for controlling playback won't
stop the scanning. Scan can also be invoked with the shortcut ⌘-Y
(or CTRL-Y on Windows).
The script is written in Groovy and fairly simple. If you want
to change the playback period (currently set to 10s), simply open
the file in TextEdit.app, look for the value
10000 (specified in ms) and change it to something
else. Then save the file, make sure it keeps the same extension
(.groovy) and restart beaTunes for the change to take
This is a great way to quickly scan through a list of songs. I did change it to play 20 seconds instead of 10. I thought it would be difficult to hack into the UI, but apparently not.
What are you selling? Convenience ! Most of the things that beatunes does can be done manually; however, it's just too time-consuming. This feature, peak and scan through a list, seems to my mind the quickest, easiest way to preview a bunch of songs for a playlist.
Thanks, and who knew that groovy was so groovy? Maybe something like this would make a into the official features of beaTunes.
I also found out that it is best to turn the "synchronize on window activation" preference off, as the match list seems to disappear on window activation if that preferences checked.
I also found out that it is best to turn the "synchronize on
window activation" preference off, as the match list seems to
disappear on window activation if that preferences checked.
Switching automatic sync off definitely takes some load off of
beaTunes. However, remember to manually sync every now and then
using File -> Synchronize. Otherwise
you won't see changes that happened to your collection from outside
of beaTunes (like new songs added to iTunes).