TV was supposed to kill off movies and radio, but never did. Internet radio is thriving and expanding and there are more choices for music than ever. If only one app could manage them all…
Not Quite All-in-One
If you thought Apple’s iTunes app was the be all, end all of music sources, then look around. Music is popping up everywhere online and taming the sources is a new cottage industry.
Musicality bills itself as the all-in-one Mac music player that puts you in control of our music sources.
The app is very useful and shows great promise, but all-in-one? Uh uh. It’s more like three-in-one.
Musicality lets you choose Pandora, Last.fm, or Grooveshark, and displays music and options in a browser window-like app with simple controls and plenty of information.
Sign into the service you prefer (or, all three), receive notifications on what’s playing, stream music wirelessly from your Mac to Apple TV, and use keyboard shortcuts to navigate controls.
Whatever station you select is loaded into Musicality’s browser-like window, direct from the station’s website.
That makes it easy to browse a station for music, artist information, and more. Music controls are built-in so they’re easy to manage, right from the keyboard.
As nice as Musicality is, it’s not a free app, despite the simplicity of setup and operation.
Instead of a drop down menu of Pandora, Last.fm, and Grooveshark, tabs would be a welcome relief to switch from one source to another.
The holy grail of music apps would be one that controls every music source. Even iTunes doesn’t do that, and it’s free to use for more music sources.