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I just installed the new 1.0 update; all is running perfectly so far.  The new version preserved all of my settings from the previous version, which was nice.  I went through the new manual, and made some changes, setting BitPerfect to all the recommended settings.  

 

I've not had any problems with any previous versions, probably due to the fact that I use a Mac Mini dedicated only for iTunes music playback, and it has 8GB of RAM.  I've never had any of the often mentioned track stuttering or skipping, or any glitches at all.  

 

I use the Wyred4Sound DAC-2, which doesn't support integer mode, so I have that disabled; I plan on experimenting with the I/O Procedure Duration and Thread Priority sliders a bit; I've already tried moving them one notch to the left each.  I'm not sure I notice an improvement, but maybe . . . As the manual states, this might take some experimentation with a lot of different tracks.

 

I also like the option for minimizing iTunes interaction; it stops iTunes from actually playing the track silently along with BitPerfect.  This, according to the manual, should minimize HD and CPU activity even more.  

 

The manual is very well written, and covers all of the new features well.  I'm impressed with this new version so far.  It looks like new purchasers of BitPerfect will have to lay out the grand sum of $10.00 for all of this (a huge bargain, I think) but updating from earlier versions is free.  

 

The only other player I've used is Pure Music, and BitPerfect easily matches it in sound quality, and improves greatly on Pure Music's awkward interface by having only its dismissible preference panes.  

 

I'm listening to Steely Dan's "The Last Mall" from "Everything Must Go" right now--the difference in sound when toggling BitPerfect on and off is very evident with this track.

 

My wish list now would be to add some kind of plug-in capability for version 1.??? . . .

post #542 of 742
Thread Starter 

I'm glad you're liking the new version :)

 

A little correction, the new pricing, $10, takes effect on April 1st.

 

Once I've decided what features to work on for the next version I'll post a roadmap. I'm hoping to release updates more regularly now.

post #543 of 742

I just did the update but have had no time to "play" nor set it up as per the manual. More to come, thanks.

post #544 of 742

Where can I find the manual?  I've just updated to 1.0    

post #545 of 742
Thread Starter 

The manual is on the blog, here's the link.

post #546 of 742
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The manual is on the blog, here's the link.



Thanks.  I subscribed to the RSS also.

post #547 of 742

Thanks, just downloaded the 1.0 and liking what I'm hearing - will continue to evaluate, but it sounds good.

post #548 of 742

Great! I'm happy that the new version is out!

 

I bought it but I'm having issues with my internet connection.

I had to stop the download (it wasn't working anyway) and now the app in the App Store appears to be installed even if it isn't.

I hope I'll solve the problem asap!


Edited by Chrono251 - 2/4/12 at 4:25am
post #549 of 742

First a consideration: I can't stand Mac App Store.

The download was indicating "0 bytes completed" and then suddenly it changed status to "installed".

BitPerfect is not in my App folder, it shows "installed" in the App Store and it won't let me re-download it.

I pressed the X next to the "Installed" button in "my purchases" and then the App appeared to be hidden in my Cloud.

I pushed "unhide" and I tried to reinstall it again. Same stuff: 0 bytes completed, then suddenly "installed" with no application in the App folder and now it also shows that I have to buy it again in the BitPerfect page! (but they kept the 4.99$).

What do I have to do?!?

post #550 of 742

Cool, I solved it! I manually modified a .plist file in the AppStore folder and selected the flag "fail" for BitPerfect, so the next time I opened the AppStore the download restarted automatically. It took just 30 min for a 2.7MB program... not bad (there's a problem over the cell network).

 

Program works and it I could also activate "integer mod"e with the DAC Magic Pro (very unstable with the old version of BetterSound I was trying).

I experienced a couple of "stalls" (I don't know how to define them): the song suddenly stopped playing even if the time was running in iTunes. To have the sound back I had to manually stop and restart the song.

post #551 of 742
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Originally Posted by Chrono251 View Post

Program works and it I could also activate "integer mod"e with the DAC Magic Pro (very unstable with the old version of BetterSound I was trying).

I experienced a couple of "stalls" (I don't know how to define them): the song suddenly stopped playing even if the time was running in iTunes. To have the sound back I had to manually stop and restart the song.



Hi Chrono,

 

If you can send me the Console log (via e-mail) when this stalling happens, I'll look into it.

post #552 of 742
I also updated to the new 1.0 version and like it so far. I noticed an improvement in the sound check over the last version, now it is the same volume as the original iTunes setting. One major letdown is the fact that once in a few songs instead of playing the song there is just some really loud scratching noise. If I disable sound check the song plays as it is supposed to play.
If it was fixed it would be awesome :-)
post #553 of 742

I notice that at the end of the songs as it stops it plays a section of a song played previously (two places behind the one that is ending) and then the next one starts. Weird, wonder why? perhaps the console log file would provide a hint.


Edited by mrarroyo - 2/5/12 at 8:21am
post #554 of 742
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Originally Posted by mrarroyo View Post

I notice that at the end of the songs as it stops it plays a section of a song played previously (two places behind the one that is ending) and then the next one starts. Weird, wonder why? perhaps the console log file would provide a hint.


This is pretty much always caused by iTunes "lying" to BitPerfect about the order of the playlist it is playing. If you look in the Console log, you'll see BitPerfect play, for example, "Track 5", then queue "Track 3", when obviously it should be queuing "Track 6". Then, at the end of "Track 5" you'll hear a little of "Track 3" before BitPerfect realizes iTunes' lie and starts on "Track 6".

 

There are some potential workarounds for this, check out the "fixedindexing" section of the manual.

post #555 of 742
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Originally Posted by Mikae View Post

I also updated to the new 1.0 version and like it so far. I noticed an improvement in the sound check over the last version, now it is the same volume as the original iTunes setting. One major letdown is the fact that once in a few songs instead of playing the song there is just some really loud scratching noise. If I disable sound check the song plays as it is supposed to play.
If it was fixed it would be awesome :-)


Would it be possible for you to send me one of the affected songs via e-mail?

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