Yes, iTunes plays music, but it’s a cumbersome process to get there and you won’t find any Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, Google Play, or SoundCloud controls anywhere. To expand your music horizons requires a gaggle of websites (not sure that’s a word that fits for multiple websites but it works), a bunch of third party apps, or Musicality.
One App, Much Music
Musicality is the Mac music app whose claim to fame is that it’s the antithesis of iTunes. Where the latter is gargantuan and cumbersome and only gives you what Apple wants you to listen to, the former is a music player that works with nearly everything else.
What you get for a nominal fee is AirPlay audio streaming for any music service website, plus built in controls for north of 15 different music services. That means a single location for all the best music that is not Apple (and not Amazon, either).
Musicality has keyboard shortcuts, works with the Mac’s media keys, plays music in the background, of course, and even has an iOS remote control so you can listen to music and not fiddle with your Mac.
What kind of music services can be managed in Musicality? The official list:
- 8tracks and Beats Music
- Deezer and Google Play Music
- Jango and Last.fm
- MixCloud and Pandora
- Rdio and Rhapsody
- Seeburg 1000 and Slacker Radio
- Songza and SoundCloud
- Spotify and TuneIn Radio
Note that Rdio was acquired by Pandora and shut down. Beats Music was acquired by Apple and rolled into Apple Music.
The Musicality Remote for iOS turns your iPhone into an AirPlay streaming music remote control.
As noted, Musicality is what Mac users use if they’re not into iTunes and unwilling to shell out for Apple Music’s lifetime subscription plan. If diversity is your game, Musicality is the name. The app has a trial version so you get to see before you buy, gets updated regularly, and even though it’s not much more than a browser window within an app, does give you access to multiple steaming music services that are not named Apple.