Don't-Miss Audio Stories
Today's Mac Gems review covers two simple add-ons for iTunes. One is an update to a previous Gem, and the other is new for Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8).
TuneIn Radio Pro offers users nearly unmatched power to create an individualized listening experience, which is both different and better than many other streaming radio apps available.
Matching has come to Amazon Cloud Player, making it a worthy competitor to Apple's iTunes Match. But how worthy is it, really? We compare and contrast.
If you're an audio pro, you've surely got multiple programs with powerful audio-editing features (and, likely, steep learning curves). For the rest of us, Fission makes it easy to perform the most common kinds of audio-file edits, including trimming songs, splicing tracks, editing voice recordings, fading tracks in or out, and creating ringtones.
This Instapaper client converts your saved Instapaper articles into podcasts with iTunes.
Internet radio stations are easy to access via iTunes, but no so on iOS devices. These apps might be just what you're looking for.
No matter how hard you try to keep your iTunes library tidy, sooner or later you’ll find cobwebs growing in its corners. TrackSift deletes non-existant files, isolates tracks that lack album art, consolidates genres, and more.
BeQuiet ensures that your Mac's external speakers stay muted, which is especially helpful when working in a quiet environment.
Audio Essentials from SRS Labs aims to coax more, better sound from your Mac through software magic. Despite numerous flaws, the effect may be worth a listen.
Choose the days and times you want your iTunes playlists to start playing—Daypart works with regular, Smart, or Genius playlists.
Enqueue is a full-fledged music playback application, similar in look and feel to iTunes. In fact, it can read and play the contents of your iTunes library as well--in addition to FLAC, Enqueue can play MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, AIFF, and Musepack audio files.
Configure Streambox to use the media keys (previous track, play/pause, next track) on your keyboard or, if you prefer, assign keyboard shortcuts to those actions and more.
iTunes has a good number of hidden settings that affect how the program works and what options are available to you. Change Hidden iTunes Preferences presents the settings in an easy-to-use interface.
Looking for a certain song that matches the mood you're in? These iOS app promise to pull together music that's appropriate for your current mindset.
Mac audio pros will appreciate Audition's support for control surfaces, clip grouping, and Redbook CD burning. Longtime Windows Audition users will be pleased with the return of features they loved.