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JohnQ

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Hi, I'm new here though I've been lurking and gleaning some useful info on several threads.

 

I've a new mini and using iTunes so thought I might try BitPerfect. It sounds nice enough to be satisfied for the time being but I'm having a bit of trouble getting the settings to play nice with iTunes, 11.2.1.

 

The biggest of which is the spinning beach ball whenever the mouse pointer is in the iTunes window making all selections impossible after which iTunes must be forced to close. Another issue is when in shuffle mode bits of song play at the beginning of each song advance and songs become stuck in a loop where it goes back to the beginning halfway through.

 

I've recently emailed Doug Stewart, the developer, but have not heard back. To be fair it hasn't been long, I'll give it more time. I believe he used to post on CA but his last was in July of this year.

 

I'd really like to figure out these issues, if anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated.

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Well it doesn't bode well for purchasers of BitPerfect.

 

I've attempted to get support several times using the email address, [email protected]. I was able to get one reply so someone is monitoring. I asked: Are you supporting the program, BitPerfect? The answer was one word: Yes.

 

That is one word more than I got from Apple when I asked for my money back.

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...BitPerfect. It sounds nice enough to be satisfied for the time being but I'm having a bit of trouble getting the settings to play nice with iTunes, 11.2.1.

 

The biggest of which is the spinning beach ball whenever the mouse pointer is in the iTunes window making all selections impossible after which iTunes must be forced to close. Another issue is when in shuffle mode bits of song play at the beginning of each song advance and songs become stuck in a loop where it goes back to the beginning halfway through.

 

 

I use Yosemite 10.10.2 and BitPerfect 2.0.1 on a 5 years old iMac and have not experienced these problems.

Does iTunes without BitPerfect works as expected? I see "the spinning beach ball" sometimes and it started after my library went over 1.5Tb, ~1.2Tb was still fine

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iTunes works perfectly without BitPerfect. It is interesting that you're experiencing the spinning beach ball after growing the library. I also have at least that size and the ball spins until iTunes is forced to close. Unfortunately it appears the developer has abandoned the ship.

 

I'm giving Audirvana Plus a try in integrated mode and it's works fine.

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I do not think he abandoned it. His blog seems to get entries: BitPerfect

It is possible he's been busy or as they say - something.

 

As to my beach ball, I'll try to get to the bottom of it. Will be replacing an internal drive with an SSD this week, but my iTunes library sits on external raid. Interesting if SSD will help. Bitperfect and Audirvana+ do the same thing by trying to do their own processing of a signal instead of iTunes. Most of the time I use iTunes as I'm very happy with it, but sometimes when I have some extra good recording or just for the kicks I'll use something else and pretend I'm doing hi-fi reference session ;-)

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Yes - I use it and and think it's really good. However, since upgrading to Mountain Lion, I've lost integer mode.

Supposedly there's an update in the works that will bring integer mode to ML. The developer posts on the computer audiophile forum.

 

Sound quality - same improvement as pure music, bypassing OSX's mixer, filters, etc.

To my ears Bitperfect, Pure Music, and Audirvana all make about the same level of improvement.

Subtle, but noticeable. A slightly "cleaner" sound. Best w/ integer mode.

I don't upsample, but it's an option. (either core audio or SoX)

 

Ease of use - a little easier than PM for me. They aim to make it super simple, just use itunes with it enabled. "hog mode" by default, so you have to disable it it you want to send anything other than itunes to your stereo system. If you like pure music, I think Bitperfect is worth trying. You may end up liking it better.

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Yes - I use it and and think it's really good. However, since upgrading to Mountain Lion, I've lost integer mode.

Supposedly there's an update in the works that will bring integer mode to ML. The developer posts on the computer audiophile forum.

 

If you want integer mode, you will need to update to Mavericks or Yosemite.

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BitPerfect Support did contact me with some suggestions to try however I had received a refund from Apple and the program had been deleted from the computer. I could have been more patient or they could have responded more quickly.

 

It's a moot point since I've decided to stick with my old standby, an XP PC with foobar2000 that I built from scratch.

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