Review: Monitor copyright of your original songs with TuneSmith for Mac

Track artists and copyright information for your original songs using TuneSmith for Mac.

Musicians who create their own songs may need an application to track their collaborations. TuneSmith for Mac allows these users to monitor copyright, deadlines, and submissions of their original songs, but it lacks additional capabilities that would be welcome with this type of application.

Installation of this freeware program was complicated because the downloaded folder had several files that could be installed, although it eventually loaded quickly once the proper one was selected. A formal tutorial would have been a good addition, since TuneSmith for Mac's menus were difficult to interpret. The three main menus divide the program according to talent, songs, and what is called a "pitch journal." In the talent area, users can enter the names and contact information of musicians with which they are working on original songs. The song catalog area allows for entry of track information, as well as the role each contributor is playing in its creation. Audio can also be included in this section. The pitch journal also allows for notations and deadlines for following up. The menus have good graphics and function well. The program would be a great addition to a recording or editing program, but as a standalone application, it feels incomplete.

TuneSmith for Mac is bug-free and performs well. Certain users who need to track their music compositions will find it useful, although other users will probably find its usefulness limited.

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