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WWDC Demo: Mashduo compares iTunes libraries


When traveling, I am always amused to see other iTunes libraries appear in my iTunes as we all glom on to the same wireless network. "Oh, hello there, Sandy's MacBook, I didn't realize you were such a Hootie and the Blowfish fan." If you're constantly asking your friends about their iTunes libraries (excessively, perhaps?) you might want to check out Mashduo -- an OS X application that allows you to drag and drop library files for comparison. Finally you'll know who has the larger ABBA collection, or who never quite understood The Dead Milkmen (hint: they only song they own is "Bitchin' Camaro" or "Punk Rock GIrl").

As you can see in the video, Mashduo is pretty fast for what it does: collating and analyzing all that iTunes data. I cut about 22 seconds out as Mashduo did its thing to over 14,000 songs in those libraries. So yeah, it's fast. It is also a limited use piece of software, yes, but it is open source, so you can monkey around with it to your heart's content. First feature request: it would be lovely to have it work with those mystery iTunes shares over the network.
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Victor's introduction to technology was the Apple ][ his dad bought in late 1978. Since then he's used Amiga's, Commodore's, Tandy's, even a PC and a Mac or two. Victor's background includes 3d animation and filmmaking, a bit of web development and programming. He taught multimedia and game design for 5 years at a technical college. His favorite artifact: a cassette tape with Applesoft BASIC on it, copyright 1979, by Microsoft.