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BeatGauge is an app that is so clever at listening to your music, it will calculate the beats per minute on every song you have on your iTunes listing. Using the app is intuitive, fast and easy. Simply drag the song you love and want to know the beats per minute and drop it into BeatGauge. Job done.
Many songs do not have a BPM readout, so add the song into BeatGauge and it will calculate the sum for you. What you will love about this app is its speed, professional look and sorting process.
But why would one need to know the BPM of a song? Well, ask any DJ for starters and also keen fitness freaks. Disc jockeys will want to speed up the song when there appears to be a lack of energy on the dancefloor, they may also want to slow down the tempo when the energy and excitements levels could do with some relief.
It is all-important information to the DJ that they can find quickly the song that needs to be next up on the decks. Knowing the BPM of a song and rapidly being able to access it is key to the profession. Joggers love music to listen to when going out on their morning run, so knowing which tracks to play must help them run faster. Obviously a track with a high BPM will make you jog faster but interval trainers may wish to have a fast song followed by a slower one, and so on when they select the music to go onto the iPod Touch.
Other beat-orientated workouts include skipping and aerobics. Even cyclists might want to choose a nice fast piece of music if they are speed cycling but a cyclist going out on a family pedal in the country may want to select tracks with a low BPM to keep the mood relaxed and easy.
BeatGauge does not pull those tracks off the iCloud, which we found disappointing, however, a simple download back into your iTunes library soon fixes this. And don’t expect BeatGauge to access any song which is DRM-protected either.
Some of the readings are not accurate but the BPM readings are never off by more than a factor of two or three. BeatGauge is an app with a very professional look and feel about it and the price you pay to download the app can seem annoyingly high but where else can you discover the hard-to-find information of beat counts on your iTunes library tracks?