Good Idea or Dumb Idea? #5 – iMixtape

July 11, 2006

Like any good upwardly mobile young man, you’ve got your record collection in iTunes (probably on an external hard drive, because you’ve got way too many tunes to fit on that piddly 60GB drive that Apple shipped the computer with). You also like the idea of making a mixtape for your sweetie (a-la DJ Rob Gordon), but iTunes gives you no option for doing mixing tracks, which is essential to the carefully crafted emotional message you’re trying to convey.

Your options are to shell out hundereds of dollars for something like ProTools (you’re not that upwardly mobile), or hand-crafting your mix in a wave editing program and losing the ability to mark tracks on your CD. This just isn’t good enough.

Enter iMixtape.

This simple application will allow you to grab tracks from iTunes, place them on a grid, fade them in and out of each other and place track markers. iMixtape will then burn it to a CD for you. It’d look something like this:

Those ‘volume envelopes’ indicate the volume of the track. The top of the track indicates 100% volume, the bottom indicates 0% volume. The ‘envelope points’ are the parts that are dragable. There’s always an envelope point at the start and end of each volume envelope. Additional envelope points can be created by clicking on any point of the volume envelope. You can drag these envelope points around inside the track, and the volume envelope will move to create straight lines between them.

Does this make sense? I think I’d buy this application for $20. It would be fun. Would anyone else?Is this a dumb idea or a good idea?


3 Responses to “Good Idea or Dumb Idea? #5 – iMixtape”

  1. Andrew said

    Personally I think iTunes sucks but I would.

    Check our CDWave. This program will let you set track marks and either save as seperate WAV files or create a cue file (for burning the whole WAV file to CDs with track marks).

    Pretty much any wav editing software does everything you want except the track editing bit.

  2. hayso said

    I love iTunes and think that this would make a great add-on and actually surprised someone hasn’t already made some sort of widget/mod for the program

    I would pay a similar price for such an app

  3. bennyp said

    that’s not a bad idea. A person could use audacity or ardour. With audacity you’d have to wait during importing, though, and with ardour, you’d actually have to sit and record the song from iTunes

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