iTunes, despite the media mall behemoth it has become (it’s a store, it’s a music player, it’s an app store, it’s internet radio, blah blah) is missing one thing I like but here’s the way to get it on your Mac.
Scheduled playlists. Yes, it’s easy enough to find an app that can launch iTunes, and even play a selected playlists, but what I would like is an iTunes scheduler that plays specific playlists at different times during the course of the day. How cool is that? Well, now you can.
Playlist, Meet Scheduler
All you need to get iTunes to play specific playlists at certain times during the day or on whatever day you want and whenever you want, is the little app called Daypart.
All Daypart does is exactly what I stated and what I really wanted. Scheduled playlists in iTunes to play according to a schedule. The way Daypart works is crazy simple. Open the app. Select a playlist from the topdown menu. Then select when you want that playlist to play. Set it for weekdays, everyday, or selected days (even alternating days).
Then select the start time and stop time (which is an optional toggle, so the playlist can loop forever). Create as many scheduled playlists as you need.
Obviously, Daypart makes a great alarm clock which can play a different iTunes playlist at different times and days throughout the week. It’s also good for a workplace environment where morning music is different from afternoon which is different from evening.
Daypart’s only problem, and it’s minor but worth mentioning, is that there’s no option to play a playlist only once on a particular date (vs. day) in the future. It’s Sun through Sat only. Still, it works great and I don’t know of another Mac app that does what Daypart does as easily as it does it.
Once you use it, and I recommend you try the trial version which only limits the number of schedules (1), playlists (3), and time (90-minutes).