What’s so special about iTunes? It’s that gargantuan beast of an app that does everything. It’s so all encompassing that the best thing it does is take your money and let you buy stuff.
What iTunes can’t do but should is schedule itself to play music when you want it to play. For that, you’ll need Daypart, a Mac app that lets you control iTunes playlists and schedule them to play.
How To Schedule Your Music To Play
Daypart’s claim to fame, other than doing something that other apps don’t do, is that it’s from Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes.
It’s also customizable, which means you can schedule iTunes to play a specific playlist when you want it to play.
Think about it for a moment. You select the playlist from iTunes, and Daypart plays it when you schedule it to play.
Now, think about the possibilities. Daypart can play rousing music early in the morning, or soft and dream strings in the evening when you’re about the turn in for the day.
Daypart can be scheduled to play something new for you at lunch, dance music in the early evening, or something somber and depressing when you’re feeling the blues.
How Daypart works couldn’t be much easier. Select a New Event from the Toolbar. Give it a name. Select the time and day of the week for the playlist to start and stop.
Even set it up so music fades, shuffles, or repeats. Once you’ve created a number of playlists Daypart will play them on schedule.
That means you get different music to play whenever you want, whatever the time, whatever the day of the week.
A playlist of songs can play for however long you want– minutes to hours– in order or in shuffle mode with a repeat as needed.
As good as Daypart is, it would be even better with an iPhone app which gives you similar controls and remote control capability with your Mac via Wi-Fi. Daypart also won’t play movies in a playlist, and with Apple TV becoming more popular than ever, that would be a welcome feature.