That explains why a Mac’s sound output is stereo from a single audio source. We listen to music in stereo on earbuds or headphones and most music is stereo with sound coming out both sides of the headphones at the same time. Who would want to mess with that time honored music listening methodology? Someone did.
Music Here, Music There
Yesterday I downloaded a new Mac music utility called SplitTunes. Not iTunes. Not SpitTunes. Split-Tunes. As in music that is split. What it does is completely unlike anything I’ve seen on a Mac before, and I can see a good use for it on an iPhone or iPad, too (not likely to happen, though).
SplitTunes splits music so that one side of the headphones gets one song, and the other side gets a different song. At the same time. If you share music with someone else from your Mac you could use a simple audio splitter and connect two headphones, but both people listening would be forced to listen to the same song at the same time.
SplitTunes splits the stereo output so one channel– one side of the headphone gets one song– while the other channel gets a different song. Two different songs, one set of headphones.
How does it work?
Simple, actually. Because there are two people listening to two different songs as the same time, SplitTunes has dual interfaces. One for one side of the headphones or earbuds, and one for the other side. Controls are standard, too.
There’s Play and Pause, Skip, and Play previous Track. You’ll have to setup a default playlist first, but once started each person has control over the music they want to hear. Think about the advantages when you’re traveling in a car, train, bus, or airplane. One Mac, multiple songs at the same time, one for each person listening.
Caveats? You won’t find SplitTunes in the Mac App Store, and it’s unlikely there will be an iPhone version anytime soon, though I would buy one in a heart beat. The music isn’t stereo, either. What you’re listening to is the stereo connection being split– left side for one music source, right side for another music source. You’re sharing the headphones or earbuds, but not the same song.
It’s a clever idea well implemented.