Today we are proud to present the first official beta version of Helium Music Manager 8.6.
This version comes with both major and minor improvements (as well as bug-fixes) since the last version was released.
The most important changes are listed below:
With this version of Helium Music Manager we have focused on major improvements related to information downloading. The most noticeable changes apply to the downloading of album and track information as well as artist information.
Under the Download button in the Tag editor, there are now some new download alternatives:
You can also choose to automatically download artist information for all artists from the selected album/files in the same download batch.
The downloaded information will be merged with any possibly existing artist information in your database to ensure that you will get as much information as possible without overwriting existing information.
This function is also fully automated meaning that no additional clicks are necessary!
Of course, all the old download methods where you can choose which download sources you would like to download from is still available.
The edit artist information tools (where you can download artist information for one or more artists) now take advantage of audio fingerprints and multiple download sources (including Last.fm, Amazon and Discogs) to give you as much information back as possible, in the simplest possible way.
Helium Music Manager 8.6 comes with support for multiple genres per track.
When you tag a track you can optionally choose more than one genre.
Multiple genre support applies to all core functions in Helium Music Manager, meaning that it has been transparently integrated into all tools.
An example is that if a track is tagged with "pop" and "rock" as genres, it will be found in searches when you search for either the "pop" or "rock" genre. Multiple genres are read and written to tags using semicolon separated genres, like Genre1;Genre2;Genre3, which means that it will work out of the box if you previously had tags like this.
Apart from the above mentioned fixes we have also completed all tickets reported by users since Helium Music Manager 8.5 was released.
Please note that this version of Helium Music Manager will upgrade your existing database and make it incompatible with Helium Music Manager 8.5.
Therefore we strongly recommend that you to create a backup of your original Helium Music Manager 8.5 database before you use it with Helium Music Manager 8.6.
For those of you that also run the Helium Music Streamer, there is a beta version of next release (1.7) available for this product too, in the Customer Center. Helium Music Streamer 1.7 is only compatible with databases updated to Helium Music Manager 8.6.
All registered users can click here to download these new releases from the Customer Center (Products section)