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Tangerine for Mac approaches the hassle of playlist creation from a curious perspective: Choosing which songs go well together based not on genre but on tempo. The results can be quite impressive -- a short, intense workout playlist or a long, relaxing one excellent for a lazy afternoon.
Easy yet powerful playlist creation: With just two sliders and a few other fields, Tangerine easily enables you to create a playlist that matches your specified duration, tempo range, song preference, and beat pattern.
Tight iTunes integration: While creating a new playlist, Tangerine can read the rating of each song and add high-rated songs more often. Also, it can update the play count when used as a music player.
Extensive exclusion rules: If you have audio files other than music in your iTunes library, Tangerine lets you set exclusion rules that eliminate matches based on duration, genre, album, artist, kind, rating, title, and so on.
iTunes tie-in: Upon launch, the app searches the iTunes Media folder for music, so you must manage your music library with iTunes to use Tangerine. If you don't use iTunes, this app has little to offer you.
Song list doesn't update live: The list of songs presented updates only once -- at the start of the app. If you make any changes to your library in iTunes, be sure to restart the app to see them reflected.
Outdated visual design: The software was made to look like a companion to iTunes, but since it has not been visually updated for some time, it still resembles iTunes 9. Needless to say, that look feels jarring when you use any of the newer versions of OS X.
Tangerine for Mac may not be much to look at, but it works well. It runs smoothly, and the song scanning takes just 2 seconds per track on average. However, the look is dated, and Tangerine won't be useful if you're not managing your songs through iTunes.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Tangerine for Mac 1.4.1.
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From Karelia Software:
Tangerine! lets you easily create playlists of upbeat music, or playlists for relaxing. It works by analyzing the BPM and the beat intensity of your music. Spend your time listening to music, not making playlists.
What's new in this version:
Fixes a bug where saving a playlist to iTunes 12.0.1 would fail
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Tangerine is a great concept... but for the steep price IÃ¢??d expect better analyzing capabilities and better AI (or shall we call it common sense?). I had Eric SerraÃ¢??s Ã¢??Deep Blue DreamÃ¢?? from the soundtrack for Ã¢??The Big BlueÃ¢?? mixed together with Elvis PresleyÃ¢??s Ã¢??Heartbreak Hotel.Ã¢?? Come again??
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. The addition of presets in the playlists, which allows for selection by genres of music, iTunes playlists etc. makes for a greatly improved and more useful app. Now it's fun to tinker around with the slick UI. The playlist view is very polished, sort of like the clip viewer in iMovie, but as an album artwork bar chart.
It was a little irritating that I wasn't able to change the value of the checkboxes on previously saved presets (such as "Do not allow duplicate songs" etc.) without invoking a new custom preset, but this is a minor issue.
Upcoming releases are supposed to improve on the music analysis, which is needed at this point; the BPM algorithm made several mistake with my iTunes library, which were not multiple of 2 errors, and therefore not remedied by the option of doubling or halving the counts. Luckily there's a BPM calculator that allows for manual fine tuning and corrections.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. =can't select within iTunes playlists. can't easily select from certain genres of music.
For example, if I want to create a playlist within Tangerine that selects just House and Techno (leaving out all else), the only way to do this is to create rules in the preferences. Because the rules are exclusionary only, I end up having to do the following: "match ALL the following conditions", "genre IS NOT House", "genre IS NOT Techno". THIS is the way to get Tangerine! to select from my iTunes library only House and Techno...
Well, maybe part of the appeal for some is to end up with Coltrane crammed in there between Orbital and Kelis... Not for me, thanks.