Beets and An Unwavering Band of Light
Yesterday, I asked people to send me free software I’d not heard of. The first suggestion was a program called beets, which bills itself as “the media library management system for obsessive-compulsive music geeks.” — sounds good to me.
Today, I got an email with a download code for the new Jenny Owen Youngs album, An Unwavering Band of Light — one of the good things coming as a result of the Kickstarter from last year.
A perfect opportunity to test beets and ensure all my scrobbles to Libre.fm of the new record are spiffy and correct…
First, install beets.
Installing beets is as simple as typing “
pip install beets” — but installing pip itself might be harder. I was able to type apt-get install python-pip — but if you’re on Windows or a Mac, you might have a harder time. Installation instructions for pip might help you out.
Next, download your new music.
Buy your copy of An Unwavering Band of Light — I opted for the FLAC version, but the procedure is the same for virtually any format. When it arrives, unzip it into a folder, doesn’t really matter which.
Stand back, here’s the magic.
I have all my music in a folder called “Music” — you probably do as well. I fired up a terminal, typed ‘beet -d Music imp’ and then dragged the unzipped folder into the Terminal.
Ta-da, magic. Now I had to agree to the changes beet was going to make — renaming a few of the files slightly — I just hit Enter to accept all the changes.
That’s it. The music is now in my Music player.
Now to listen to the album. Go buy it 🙂
One Reply to “Beets and An Unwavering Band of Light”
FWIW, the people running Debian Wheezy/Sid can install beets directly from the official repositories.
Also, if your music directory really is ~/Music, you can omit the -d option, since it is the default value :-).
Other than that, this blog post remarquably demonstrates how easy it is to use beets. Nicely done!