December 01 2009
My iTunes collection was a shambles until I was introduced to this amazing software on a train to Paris by Ricardo Franassovici, owner of Absolute Sounds. Years of neglect, computer meltdowns and mislabelling had left me with about 100 anonymous songs called Track 01, 02 etc, hundreds of tracks with no name at all plus all kinds of things that were just wrongly attributed from when I spent about two years digitising my LPs while working and got confused.
TuneUp, Ricardo said, would sort it all out with proper names. The next morning, in a little hotel outside Paris with little by way of running water but, remarkably, scorching-hot Wi-Fi, I forewent breakfast in my excitement to try TuneUp.
It works. It successfully named some 3,000 lost tracks and found cover art for 630 albums. It’s still not absolutely perfect, but the improvement is incredible.
Lord only knows how it works. Its greatest moment was finding the cover art for an album so obscure that when I tracked down the artist once, even she didn’t have it and could barely remember making the record. From what deepest depths of the internet did TuneUp dredge that? The software also sometimes goes bananas; it labelled a Martin Jarvis PG Wodehouse reading as “Beginner’s Arabic” and another as “French in Pictures”. But 98 per cent a triumph. Wonderful.