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Thursday, 6 February 2014

TuneUp Media ceases trading and Gracenote is sold by Sony

Without any notice TuneUp Media has ceased trading leaving their customers high and dry. Knowing that Tuneup had received venture capital investment my first thought was that the investors had pulled the plug on them because they were not making enough profit. However, it was announced a couple of days later that Gracenote had been sold to Tribune Media Services, more details here. Tuneup used the Gracenote service for its song matching so I suspect that under new ownership Gracenote has decided to withdraw that service.

I would like to try to help Tune Up Media customers by offering SongKong for a 30% discount until the end of March (previously February but now extended to March). Simply make the full price purchase in the normal way then email paultaylor@jthink.net with some proof of your Tuneup media license and I'll refund 30% of the price. There is a free trial available so you can comprehensively try before you buy.

Now I would like to reassure you that the problem that have you have encountered with Tuneup Media will not occur with Jthink software because of the following reasons:

1. Jthink is wholly owned by myself Paul Taylor, so there is no pressure exterted on me by external investors. My priority is to provide high quality, useful software at a fair price. JThink software is available with free upgrades and support, so you only pay once. Because I am the designer and developer there are no messy compromises in the design and I am able to be highly responsive to the specific needs of customers, and adapt products to a customers specific requirements.

Jthink has been in business since 2006, my comprehensive tagger Jaikoz is still actively developed and improved but I think the simplicity of SongKong is a better solution for Tuneup customers.

2. SongKong uses the open source MusicBrainz service rather than the closed Gracenote service. The complete database and web service is freely available and I have my own complete copy. Although I currently use the web service hosted by MusicBrainz I could provide my own Musicbrainz server if necessary so even if MusicBrainz was to die a death I could continue the service. MusicBrainz has its own protections in place to make it highly unlikely this could ever happen.





6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cool gesture Bro!

Anonymous said...

thanks mate. I actually purchased Jaikoz way back in 2008. Best money spent on software ever!!

Nataswon said...

Well, I'll definitely try your demo first (sorry, I am super cheap). In fact, I've been using MP3Tag as my means to edit my music (it's not 100% automatic but it works and was free! LOL). Again, thanks for at least offering an alternative to my now dead TuneUp which couldn't automagically fix itself...

Paul Taylor said...

Nataswon, of course I always recommend you try before you buy when you can.

Scott Van Leeuwen said...

Hi Paul. I have sent you an email with my Tuneup License details. I hope you can offer the 30% discount as I am 1 day late as I am in Australia and it is 5:30am. Perhaps where you are it is still Feb 28th and can get the offer.

Paul Taylor said...

Yes, that was fine - Ive decided to extend the offer until the end of March.

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