Someday, somewhere, a clever app developer is going to create an iPhone and iPad app that does what Intermission has been doing for the Mac for years.
Intermission lets you pause and rewind live audio while you listen. It’s like an audio time machine; like being able to back up time to listen again, or to stop time. Whatever you’re listening to can be rewound, paused, then played again. Think of the possibilities?
Pause, Reverse, Fast Forward
I like to think of Intermission as a mini DVR for live audio on my Mac. Instead of recording programs or selections to be played back later, it records audio in the background, but makes it available instantly.
While you’re listening to audio, click Pause. The audio stops but Intermission keeps recording, waiting for you to hit the Play button again.
When you click Play, the audio picks up where it was paused. That makes it perfect for bathroom breaks, phone call interruptions, a nap, or anything else that would interfere with a live audio stream. OK, now think of what that can do to anyone who listens to live audio streams from Pandora, iTunes Radio, Spotify, or other online streaming audio services.
Use Intermission to create a recording buffer, then skip over commercials or songs you’d rather not hear. Intermission resides in the Menubar so it’s available from within any Mac app.
That’s a very cool option. You can pause live audio, jump back 10 seconds to hear it again, and Intermission stores up to three hours of audio (the buffering feature). If you listen to live talk radio over iTunes, this is the right way to take a break, go to lunch, answer the phone, or do whatever, but have the live streaming of talk radio available with a click.
Intermission works with a Mac stream of audio from SiriusXM, the satellite radio. If you’re on a teleconference or audio call you’re required to hear, Intermission makes it available as a rewind option.
Preferences are nominal and straightforward giving you options for the Jump Back and Jump Forward, as well as customized keyboard shortcuts.
Whatever audio is playing on your Mac is subject to the controls of Intermission. The trial version is limited to 10 minutes of buffered playback before noise sets in, but that’s enough time to see how it works and where you can use it.
I’d really like something similar to Intermission for my iPhone– an app that records a continuous stream of audio but gives me options to playback or save the past, say, two minutes of recording. I’d pay for that, too.