Showcase Media Solutions Inc. is offering customers a special deal on TitleTrack Jukebox, its Mac music management system. The company is offering a discount on the current version with a free upgrade to the OS X version, which is now in development and expected to be released soon.
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TitleTrack Jukebox is a front-end solution that turns your Mac into a CD disc changer control system. It functions with Sony’s line of 200 to 400 disc capacity CD changers. Such devices incorporate serial interfaces that enable them to be externally controlled. Showcase provides the hardware adapters, cables and software needed to get the setup working.
TitleTrack Jukebox recovers artist and track information for the CDs in your collection, making it possible to create playlists and manipulate your CD collection directly from your Mac. The OS X version of the software — now in beta — also can download CD cover art images.
Why bother with this when you can just rip your CD collection to MP3 files? MP3s may have portability and instant access in their favor, but some audiophiles don’t like the MP3 format since it reduces audio quality compared to the original CD source material. When you’re dealing with hundreds of CDs, MP3 files can also occupy large volumes of hard disk storage space. And MP3 players can create significant CPU overheads for the computers that are running them.
Normally US$389, TitleTrack Jukebox is now available for $349 through Showcase Media Solutions’ special offer. The currently shipping version — TitleTrack Jukebox v2 — is compatible only with versions of Mac OS prior to X (and not through “Classic”), though a beta version of the OS X native version will be included with this special. Showcase also noted that customers who take advantage of this offer would get the final release of TitleTrack Jukebox 3.0 when it’s released later this year.