Too long ago back in the day to admit to, I bought my music. Albums, cassette tapes, CDs, and iTunes Music Store downloads. Then along came streaming music in the form of Pandora and, over time, I didn’t buy so much music anymore. Muse is one of the reasons.
21st Century Radio
Think of Muse as little more than a Pandora Radio app, a music play that is simple to use, offers a few new controls, works well but doesn’t do it all up in your face.
It’s almost as if Muse is a simple wrapper for Pandora Radio in your Mac’s browser. Muse has familiar controls to like or not like, pause, play, skip, look for new stations, and more.
More. Muse displays lyrics, information about the artist, a list of similar artists, and when you close Muse from the Mac’s screen, music continues to play.
What’s not to like?
Muse has a bunch of keyboard shortcuts so navigating and the like can be handled without switching to the app. Songs can be shared to Apple TV, or to Last.fm.
And, yes, Muse understands Notification Center so you get details on what’s playing and by whom without messing up the Mac’s screen which is already too cluttered with open app windows.
Muse supports Pandora One, too, so you’ll still need a Pandora account to stream stations (to your Mac, Airport Express, or Apple TV), and the keyboard shortcuts are a good way to display artist and song information.
Muse is nicely done, better to use than a browser window and has more options, but still costs a few dollars. If you’re into Pandora, it’s worth it.