ArtistInfo Release Notes

ArtistInfo for iOS V1.8 (Released October 25, 2016)

  • iMessage extension to send artist portraits as message
  • Today extension that presents recommendation on famous musicians and bands
  • Enhanced compatibility with iOS 10
  • Improved user interaction

ArtistInfo for iOS V1.7 (Released September 19, 2016)

Improvements

  • Compatibility with iOS 10
  • Sync with Apple Music fixed

ArtistInfo for iOS V1.6 (Released September 10, 2016)

Improvements

  • Local index with more than 300 thousand artists
  • Remote access to more than 2 Mio. artists
  • Improved integration of information about artists on albums
  • Find artists in iOS Spotlight search with direct link to ArtistInfo
  • Support of Universal Links to artists and albums
  • Several bug fixes

Known Issues

  • iOS 10: access to Apple Music (sync and play back) is broken. Will be fixed in next release.  

ArtistInfo for Mac V2.7 (Released September 9, 2016)

Improvements

  • Local index with more than 300 thousand artists
  • Remote access to more than 2 Mio. artists
  • Improved integration of information about albums and artists
  • Drag&drop of portrait images and album covers (e.g., to add missing covers in iTunes)
  • Open artist or album as Universal Link in Safari
  • Several bug fixes

Known Issues

  • macOS 10.12: when "Sync on selection in iTunes" (see Preferences) is on, iTunes will crash when Podcasts are selected. Work-around: Temporarily turn off sync with iTunes.

ArtistInfo for iOS V1.4 (Released November 30, 2015)

Improvements

  • Multitasking support: run ArtistInfo with other apps in parallel using slide over or split view
  • Find artists in iOS Spotlight search with direct link to ArtistInfo
  • Recommendations with Universal Links (your friends without ArtistInfo will get content as Web page)
  • Improved handling of synonym names
  • Artists with "also known as" (a.k.a.) names
  • Handoff between your iOS and Mac devices

ArtistInfo for Mac V2.6 (Released November 30, 2015)

Improvements

  • Improved user interface
  • Split Screen support: use Apple Music and ArtistInfo side by side
  • Recommendations with Universal Links (your friends without ArtistInfo will get content as Web page)
  • Improved handling of synonym names
  • Artists with "also known as" (a.k.a.) names
  • Presentation mode: Animated display of artists you are listening to (use AirPlay to present on Apple TV)
  • Handoff between your iOS and Mac devices

ArtistInfo for iOS V1.3 (Released September 26, 2015)

First official release of ArtistInfo for iOS on App Store available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

ArtistInfo for Mac V2.5 (Released August 25, 2015)

Improvements

  • Support of Apple Music (synchronisation, playback of discovered songs)
  • Synchronize on selection (request by Stefan Heynes) and/or on playback in iTunes and Apple Music 
  • Manage liked artists and albums in ‘My Favorites’
  • Share ‘My Favorites’ with your other iOS and OS X devices via iCloud
  • Share favorites with your friends via email, social media, and AirDrop
  • Playback of discovered songs in iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Rdio, or Youtube
  • Customise functionality of ArtistInfo in preference panel
  • Look-ahead proposals of artists in search field (request by Lukas Gadola) 
  • Improved feedback in user interface
  • Printing support
  • Go directly (without popup) to artists and albums when arrow symbol is clicked (request by Wolfgang Reszel)
  • Zoom and auto-zoom of ArtistNet window (request by Wolfgang Reszel)

Known Issues

  • Beats 1 does not update currently playing song (only on start)
  • Hint: OS X 10.7 and 10.8 are no longer supported

V2.4 (Released May 7, 2015 for Mac App Store)

Improvements

  • Mapping of songs played by iTunes Internet Radio to corresponding albums
  • Synchronisation with the desktop versions of Spotify and Rdio
  • Highlighting of currently playing song in album 
  • Playback of discovered albums and tracks in iTunes, Spotify or Youtube
  • Performance improvements

Bugs Fixed

  • Crash on OS X 10.9 fixed (was due to a call of an unsupported function)
  • Hint: OS X 10.7 and 10.8 are no longer supported

V2.3 (Released March 10, 2015 for Mac App Store)

Improvements

  • Extended Metason database: 750,000 artists (musicians, bands, composers, ...) and 2 Mio. albums
  • Performance improvements due to local artist index into the remote Metason database 
  • Better responsiveness due to background loading of portrait images 
  • Distinction of more album types: album, single, compilation, live, CD, vinyl, mp3, ... 
  • Increased accuracy in unifying data from different sources (Metason, Wikipedia, MusicBrainz, iTunes)
  • Better coverage of links to external Web pages (Wikipedia, Discogs, artist's homepage, Facebook, ...) 
  • Advanced handling of service quality with more details on connection state

V2.2 (Released February 2, 2015 for Mac App Store)

Improvements

  • Access to information on artists and albums via database run as Metason Web Service
  • Access to images from Discogs via cache run as Metason Web Service 
  • Display of track duration in track popup panel

Bugs Fixed

  • Crash fixed when popup window is open while background process is updating content
  • Display of service status fixed  

V2.1 (Released November 25, 2014 for Mac App Store)

Bugs Fixed

  • Fix in MusicBrainz connector due to changes in data scheme
  • Discogs connector removed due to changed protocol and access restrictions (unfortunately) 

 V2.0 (Released March 31, 2014 for Mac App Store)

Improvements

  • ArtistNet visualisation added for exploring relations among musicians
  • Export of ArtistNet visualisations as stand-alone HTML pages

Bugs Fixed

  • Improved mapping of albums with same title 

V1.7 (Released December 2, 2013 for Mac App Store)

Improvements

  • New panel with recommendations for famous artists and well-reviewed albums
  • Filtering of recommendations by music genre and album release date
  • Sorting of recommendation in table by artist, album title, score, genre and release date
  • Toolbar interface changed according to Apple style guide 

 

V1.6 (Released November 12, 2013 for Mac App Store)

Bugs Fixed

  • Better distinction of artists with same name
  • Handling of unreachable services without blocking app
  • Crash on parsing Discogs data eliminated 

 

 V1.5 (Released June 24, 2013 for Mac App Store)

Improvements

  • Faster feedback due to lazy loading

Bugs Fixed

  • Download of AppleScript for iTunes menu via Metason Web page (instead of direct download) 

Known Issues

  • Help is missing

 

V1.4 (Released June 9, 2013 for External Testing)

Improvements

  • User interface reworked
  • Improved information mashup strategy
  • Albums of artist as sideman are shown as well

Bugs Fixed

  • Closing main window will now close app
  • Missing genre and instrument info in popover window solved

 

 V1.3 (Released May 22, 2013 for External Testing)

Improvements

  • Handling of compilation albums with various artists
  • Link to concert events added
  • Navigation of the search history with back & forth buttons
  • Support for installating iTunes menu to start ArtistInfo

Bugs Fixed

  • Feedback on missing search results
  • Mapping problem with instrument names resolved
  • Crash with special characters in search term fixed
  • Progress indicator added

 

V1.2 (Released May 10, 2013 for Internal Testing)

Improvements

  • More roles of artists added
  • Sync with Internet radios in iTunes
  • Improved scoring & sorting of search results

Bugs Fixed

  • Missing display of liner notes resolved
  • External URLs on albums fixed
  • Various fixes

Known Issues

  • Navigation of the viewing history with back & forth buttons not yet implemented
  • Recalculation of sidebar layout sometimes not correct (redraw problem)
  • Help is missing

NEWS

ArtistInfo for Web visually enhanced
April 2017: New release of ArtistInfo for Web includes visual charts for genres, instruments, band members and discography. Check out music.metason.net 

More content for ArtistInfo
March 2017: Updated Metason database now includes 1.5 Mio artists and 3.8 Mio. albums. 

ArtistInfo for iOS 1.8 with iMessage and Today Extensions
Oct 2016: New release of ArtistInfo for iOS with iMessage extension, Today extension and 3D Touch Quick Actions.  More...

MAIN FEATURES

- Browse musicians & bands
- Check album credits
- Look over famous artists
- Discover artists on albums
- See their discographies
- Find recommended albums
- Explore musical genres
- Visualize artist relations
- Listen to discovered songs
- Manage your favorites
- Share with your friends 
- View videos on YouTube
- View musical instruments
- Find upcoming concerts

ARTISTNET VISUALIZATION

Relations among Musicians
ArtistInfo for Mac provides a new way to explore the network of musicians established by playing together in bands and on albums. 

ARTISTNET AS WEB PAGE

The ArtistNet visualization generated by ArtistInfo for Mac can be exported to stand-alone Web pages. Try out the following examples:

Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny Group
India.Arie
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Metallica
The Brand New Heavies
Peter Erskine
Kenny Wheeler
Michael Bucher
- Michael Gassmann