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Review: myBeats plays your iTunes library in a different, more stylish setup

Automatically play your iTunes music and share what you're listening to via social media using myBeats.

myBeats offers a more stylish way to play your iTunes library, but it's not better than other, universal media players. It's vulnerable to crashes and doesn't let you import your library your way. It does offer great sound, though. That may be enough if you want something that "just works."

This program looks just like the old Zune layout from Microsoft's MP3 player. It auto-populates your whole iTunes library, but it's not as fast as you might expect. The program creates frequent crashes and slowdowns, too. It crashed several times during testing, including once as it was trying to put tracks into the program's library. If you like sharing your music, socially, myBeats integrates with Facebook and Twitter for easy posting. It doesn't have many ways to change your song's audio, but most songs sound really fantastic. Sadly, you can't manually add files to this program. It only collects music from your iTunes folders. The program comes with a 14-day free trial while the full version costs $2.

If you don't use iTunes exclusively, that's enough to make this program useless to you. However, if iTunes is the only way you get your music, myBeats is a good way to listen to it. It's less of a pain compared to using iTunes, but it still packs just as much style as Apple's music player.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of myBeats 1.0.5.0.

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