BPM in iTunes – Conflicting results

Getting beats per minute, or BPM in iTunes is a pain in the butt.

I’ve been playing with different applications and widgets to help me do this, but I’ve had very discouraging results so far.

I’ll give you an example of how screwed up my BPM in iTunes are.

At some point I must’ve ripped the Romeo + Juliet Soundtrack CD twice into my iTunes Library. Not sure how or why, but it’s happened a couple of times so I’m guessing I wasn’t that organised back then. However, the fact that I had 2 identical albums in my Library proved a good test for the software I used to automatically calculate and insert BPM values to my songs.

Well, after running the software to add BPM in iTunes, some songs match exactly, which is what you’d expect given they’re the same song. But some are completely different. It’s just ridiculous.

How can the software calculate different BPM in iTunes for the same song, ripped from the same CD.

For example, Local God (track #2) has a BPM of 111 in one album and 56 on the other one!

Then Little Star (track #12) has a BPM in iTunes of 153 in one album and 77 in the other one. Similar with Pretty Piece of Fish (track #4), with 183 in one and 91 in the other one.

The strange thing is that most of the other songs have exactly the same BPM.

I’ll keep testing different ways of getting the BPM values into iTunes and will post my findings here on the blog.

(UPDATE: I found a better, and free way to add BPM in iTunes)