I know that a lot of people have been waiting for the next release of Picard. Fortunately, I’ve been working on it — unfortunately its taking me a bit of time to get to the next release. In order to get end-to-end UNICODE support in Picard, a number of serious changes were required to the underlying libtunepimp library.
The good news is that these massive changes are nearly done. The bad news is that the application will probably no longer run on Win 9x and Me — the UNICODE support in those two OSes is too weak. And the one thing I want to get right with this release is the UNICODE support. It is exciting to see Picard writing Cyrillic filenames — that’s for sure.
I’m trying to finish up the app in the next few days — stay tuned.
Marco Sola pointed out that there is a new Italian review of the tagger. I saw that it mentioned the pending Picard tagger, but that is about all I understood.
The Washington Post covered the MusicBrainz Tagger in their weekend edition (reg required):
MusicBrainz does this by computing a music file’s digital fingerprint, based on its length and acoustic properties, then seeing if it can find a match in a growing online database of songs. The program will then work its magic, even reporting its confidence in less-than-exact matches. It was right in most of our tests, even when it reported that a song’s fingerprint matched only 55 percent of a title in the database.
Just wait until they see Picard… Speaking of which, I’m supposed to be working on that right now.