Cadence Desktop Pro


Current Version: 2.2.2

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 2.2 MB - Download


Use Cadence™ Desktop Pro to quickly analyze your iTunes music library for each song's BPM, and export each song's BPM value into iTunes. Then use iTunes to make great tempo specific playlists.

Cadence Desktop has its own unique BPM detection magic wand developed from the ground up.


Quick BPM detection of Mp3, WAV, AAC, Apple Lossless and AIFF formatted songs.

Export the detected or manually tapped results to your iTunes library.

Select just the playlist in iTunes you want to find BPM's for.

Use the integrated Tapping button to fine tune results. Just tap along to the song and the BPM will be shown to you.

Use any iTunes library located anywhere , local hard drive or an external drive. Both your library file and your media must exist in the same location however.

Optionally use multiple cores for speedy analyzation.

Latest Highlight:

"This is the App to get if you want BPM info in your iTunes tracks." Mac Life , June 2011.
Featured in 20 Killer Apps under $20 - Rated 4 out of 5 Stars.

"To that end, the folks at Cadence just released a cheap, but brilliant BPM calculating program. I’d fully expected it to have the same limitations of every other one I’ve tested. But, I put in a few of the hardest, most frequently inaccurate songs–and it got every one of them correct."

- Feb '11


Sandboxing requires that both your library file and your media folder exist in the same location. It should mimic iTunes default folder structure.

If you use iTunes match , your songs must exist on your machine for Cadence Desktop to analyze them. You should pull down from iCloud the songs you wish to analyze.

Your iTunes music library must be created in English, German, Italian, Danish, French, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese or Dutch for it to work with Cadence Desktop. If it is not, your music will not show up.

DRM protected music can not be analyzed. If you upgrade your iTunes music to iTunes Plus they will analyze just fine however.

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Release Notes:

Fix for finding the default iTunes library.
Fix for filtering DRM music and showing and hiding songs with existing BPM values.
New error handling and specific error problem feedback is now available per song.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.2.7
Review by Jonathan Ashcraft

What more could you ask for? - Seriously!? It's so worth the $6.99 for what it CAN do. Don't worry about the little bit that it can't do. I have 2,900 song. I deceded to analyze existing playlists first since those are the songs I listen to all the time anyway. Who cares about the ones I don't listen to all that much. I've been analyzing between 100 and 200 songs at a time. I have to go in and tap a few out here and there, BUT IT'S NO BIG DEAL. I have songs with long intros and it does fine with those too. OK, there were a few "no-brainers"... songs that we obviously NOT 120 bpm were actually around 60 bpm. Most of the time if Cadance gets it wrong, just devide by 2 nd you get pretty close to the actual bpm's or viceversa, multiply by two and again, you get pretty close. Besides who is going to care if the song is 122 bpm and Cadance label's it as 120 bpm?!?! Don't sweat the small stuff. I'm talking about an average of around 5% margine of error :/ THIS APP WILL SAVE YOU SO MUCH TIME! THANKS TREKOCLINICS!

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 2.2.2
Review by sleahy511

Horrible, keeps crashing - I keep getting crashes as it trys to analyze my database of songs. I am getting very frustrated and want my money back if they are not going to get an update. I have had it for over a month and nothing is happening with updates. WHAT IS GOING ON?!

Found helpful by 10 out of 11 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.2.2
Review by Rusty1962

Buy If You Like Wasting $3.99 - Look, I'm not some kind of "power user" or anything. Just a guy that wants to organize an iTunes playlist by cadence to help me with my running. It seems like that's the way Cadence Desktop Pro is advertised. But like so many other reviewers: I start it, it crashes. I start it again, it crashes. I reinstall it, it crashes. I run Disk Utility to verify and repair permissions, it crashes. This is April 2013, and there are complaints about this over a year old. Caveat Emptor, right? Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. I just moved Cadence Desktop Pro to the Trash. And that's where it's going to stay.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
Version 2.2.2
Review by mpachucki

Come on, too much negativity... - I have to admit that I bought the app without reading the reviews, which at the time I'm writing, are all 1-star. Had I read them, I honestly wouldn't have bought the app – but I clicked "purchase" at the recommendation of an online article (runners world? macworld? i forget). So I'm mainly writing to give the company some props – I don't doubt that others have had difficulties, but I'll speak for myself, I'm very satisfied. Maybe my experience was idiosyncratic, but the only hangup I had was that (as the help-file/support page clearly says) the itunes library file has to be in the same physical file path as the media folder. Initially, mine wasn't, and CDP couldn't find any of the tracks. Once I fixed that, the bpm-analyzing worked fine – and it was overall pretty accurate, to within 5bpm or so for the tunes I've run with so far. I'm not sure how it works, whether a proprietary algorithm, or whether it references a CDP server somewhere, but I was surprised that for me at least, it did great with pop/rock/hiphop, fairly good with jazz. I should note that at someone's online review here I decided to exclude any spoken word, in fear of it hanging. I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because of the file-path fix needed, and also because of the slow speed to catalog everything. But I also have an old machine, so I'm not sure I can fault the program for that. For an 11,000-track library on a 2007 mac mini, it took about 45 minutes to inventory the tracks, and then about 2.5 hours. So if you have the time to let it run in the background or overnight, I'd recommend that.

Found helpful by 6 out of 8 people
Version 2.2.2
Review by BW234

Still just doesn't work - Supposedly they fixed the bug where it doesn't work if your iTunes library is on an external disk. But it still won't process the library, gets hung up after 22xxx songs. On my desktop, where the library is in the standard place, it will process for hours, come up with BPM, then fail and crash when trying to export to the library. Plus it ends up slowing the machine down to crawling and taking up 4 GB of memory. So essentially, it doesn't work for me, has never worked, on three different machines, three different music libraries, and several different versions, including the pre-App store version. Can I get a refund?

Found helpful by 5 out of 6 people
Version 2.2.2
Review by Khåymaan

Starts, then dies after soon after - Loading my library takes almost 2 hours and when it finally starts to analyze it barely makes it past 100 songs before crashing… and then it is back to loading the library again. Don't waste your time or money on this version… I am still hopeful they will get this working, but according to my magic 8 ball "outlook not so good"

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people
Version 2.2.2
Review by jacques111111

Does not even start! - This app is very very bad. The first you load it "syncs" your library. Well, the whole app just hangs on that stage. Its now hung 10 times in a row so I guess its a non-starter.

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people