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Instinctiv lets you enjoy your music effortlessly, with features including mood-based smart shuffle, device synchronization and cover art fetching.

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Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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shherr Member IconReview+1
shherr
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Been using instinctiv for a while. It’s gotten less minimal over time though. I dig the idea of the cloud syncing to my android phone. Speaking of which, if you didn’t disable syncing that could be a reason for some of those connections. Also, the old version would give concert/tour dates to artists in your library… so maybe that had some effect as well.

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Version 0.9.14167
GeoProf Member IconReview+241
GeoProf
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Why does this connect with so many other websites? For the last 6 months I've been using Hands Off! to alert me whenever a program tries to make a connection over the Internet to some other site, and I've never had any program connect to more than 4 or 5 other sites. But Instinctiv wanted to make like 40 or more connections! The first time I ran it, I sat there for nearly 15 minutes constantly approving each new connection it tried to make one after another, but after 40 or 50 connections, I just couldn't take it anymore, so I tried to quit. But it was still trying to connect to more sites, so I had to force quit it! I can't think of any legitimate reason for a music program to talk to so many other computers, especially since I never got a chance to play any music because I was so busy approving all its crazy connections with Hands Off! Does anyone know what its doing? I'm so freaked out by this that I want to uninstall it, but I'm worried that Instinctiv might have set up my Mac as a slave spambot or something. Should I erase my hard drive and reinstall everything instead?

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Version 0.9.14103
Fontgoddess
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It's getting album art. You can probably turn that feature off, or just choose "deny all connections" or whatever Hands Off!'s equivalent feature is and not worry about it.

GeoProf
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Fontgoddess, I am aware of how Hands Off! operates. I'm also able to read the many other responses here that, like yours, entirely miss the main point raised by the likes of Neal, Porkpiehat, Formica and myself. We're all saying that we can't think of any legitimate reason for a "music player" to establish connections with more than around 10 or 11 other Internet entities. Are there even that many album art resources available on the web? Much more importantly, there is no believable, noncriminal or at least non-scummy rationale for any "music player" to call out to MORE THAN 50 (FIFTY!) different Internet entities in several different countries, as Instinctiv does, unless it is doing something substantially more than just playing music or scrobbling. And since Instinctiv's developers make absolutely no mention of it and, in fact, go to lengths to HIDE the utterly bizarre amount of callouts it makes so constantly to so many undocumented, unacknowledged websites with NO NAMES, NO HOMEPAGES, NO PHYSICAL ADDRESSES and NO NAMED OWNERS in Russia, China and other virtually lawless countries with well-documented reputations in both unorganized and organized crime, isn't it reasonable to assume that its users would not approve of whatever it's doing if they found out? Please keep in mind that we don't actually know how many callouts Instinctiv truly makes because no one has yet had the patience to catalog more than 50 connections to different Internet entities before getting a cramp in their writing hand or simply giving up due to exhaustion, anger, frustration, or the simple belief that 50+ callouts is more than enough to prove that Instinctiv is up to no good! And Fontgoddess, one last thing: Instinctiv does NOT allow you to turn off its callouts, as you suggested. Such a preference is probably verboten because it would nullify whatever shady, hidden money-making purpose that Instinctiv serves. For those who think I and the others mentioned here are just paranoid conspiracy theorists, can you come up with any reasonable rationale for Instinctiv to call out to more than 50 different Internet entities, at least half of which refuse to reveal their identities? Maybe you should be the ones to catalog all of its callouts beyond the first 50 that are already known. Perhaps callouts #51 to #150 will prove that it really is just an innocuous but dogged collector of album art!

Fontgoddess
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Okay. I misinterpreted your review's first paragraph. I use Little Snitch at the moment, and if any program's connections freaked me out like Instinctive has freaked you out, I'd be hitting "Deny All" so I wouldn't be fighting connection warnings as I was trying to quit and delete the program. I most definitely think that the purposes of each connection should be more transparent, but that's something I'd like to see in Little Snitch and Hands Off! rather than in whatever individual program is attempting to make these connections, especially if I'm not inclined to trust the individual program. Instinctiv could make a lot of people a lot more comfortable by letting them approve image sources in the preferences, but anyone who's ever tried to find cover art for obscure music knows that you end up getting to some pretty exotic places, digitally, to find them — especially if you use Google's image search, which I suspect Instinctiv uses (we could probably find out for sure by corresponding with the company and arranging a third-party audit of the callouts and their exact purpose and mechanisms). I am inclined to remain unconcerned about Instinctiv, as they have a spelled-out privacy policy [here: http://www.instinctiv.com/page/privacy-policy ] and are based in the United States so that policy can be legally enforced by US law if it turns out that any of their activity does not follow their described practices. But I'm not paranoid about my music data being aggregated as long as I know who is aggregating it and why. I've been a member of last.fm for a very long time and find mass-data-driven music recommendations interesting, if not yet consistently useful. Considering blue_beetle's new axiom "If you are not paying for it, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold," I think it's important to consider where the money is being made on this. Instinctiv seems to be making its money on selling vast databases of aggregate user music data and also targeting ads to their users at some point in the future, based on the information contained in their privacy policy. Currently, I am okay with this arrangement. If it becomes annoying or creepy in the future, I'll stop using their software and any related services (which, to be honest, I have spent less than 8 hours trying out). Yes, I think it's useful to be somewhat paranoid, especially with free software from the internet. But there are generally ways to evaluate trustworthiness. Your evaluation led you to conclude that you did not trust this software. My evaluation led me to be largely unconcerned. I don't think either of us made an unreasonable decision, although I do hope that erasing your drive was hyperbole rather than a serious consideration. In any event, I wasn't trying to be dismissive or condescending with my comment, although I see now how it could be interpreted that way. I'm sorry I annoyed you, as that was not my intent. It was also not my intent to leave a comment that was ultimately unhelpful, as that's a waste of everyone's time. It would probably be constructive to arrange a privacy/security evaluation of this program, so that the concerns raised in this forum can be confirmed or allayed. Softpedia tested and certified it 10 days ago [ http://mac.softpedia.com/progClean/Instinctiv-Clean-76472.html ], but a more detailed report by a trustworthy party would be helpful for everyone interested in using this program but unsure about what servers it's trying to talk to on the internets.

Kendall Hopkins Member IconReview+3
Kendall Hopkins
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I love the concept. This IMO could easily replace iTunes (or supplement, since we all still need iP(od|hone) syncing. A few things I wish I could change: -The interface is too big for a audio player. (needs something like itunes compact mode) -Get rid of "Tickets" item. I'm sure this is an attempt to make some money off the app, but it's really tacky where it's placed in the UI.

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Version 0.9.4.7
gatovadio Member IconComment+0
gatovadio
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shouldn't this and a lot of other apps state "itunes library" in requirements? my library is my audio files. if an audio player can't play my audio files, then it's not an audio player, it's an itunes plugin. please, i need enlightment on what i'm missing here, thank you.

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Version 0.9.4.7
Easer Member IconComment+282
Easer
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I like this a lot, and the developer is quite responsive. But has anyone else found it to be heavy on the resource use? Seemed like my MBP fans ran really hard and fast, and Activity Monitor suggested it was the #1 user of my CPU. Just curious if anyone else has had this experience.

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Version 0.9.4.7
Neal Member IconReview+32
Neal
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Avoid this appalling trash... Little Snitch almost had a nervous breakdown upon first launch and I force quit it after it tried to make about the 50th dial out to a URL. So, in truth it never actually got to open it's little petals This is like something you'd happily install on Windows OS and think Yippee! Windows bliss... but it certainly isn't fit to be called a Mac app. I only looked at it because iTunes 10 got my goat with bloat...Ping! Genius...not! But this Instinctiv is terrifying. The Instinctiv icon may be of a flower, but I suspect it's a Venus Fly-Trap. KEEP AWAY!

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Version 0.9.4.7
Legitfact
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Littlesnitch doesn't have nervous breakdowns. It quite clearly gives you the option of applying your rules to all, which is simple to do. And as said below, it's sending out for cover art. Guess what? The fact that it's looking for cover art in so many places is a GOOD thing. I've had no problems running this app, and it has become a favorite because of its no-hack flac support.

Acricketer1 Member IconComment-2
Acricketer1
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Instinctiv shuffle doesn't work. Been spinning for 36 hours. No joy.

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Version 0.9.4.7
PorkPieHat Member IconReview+0
PorkPieHat
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DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS CRAPPLICATION -- THESE DEVELOPERS HAVE GONE OFF IN A TERRIBLY, TERRIBLY BAD DIRECTION, AND I FEAR IT'S THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF ALL THE FUN WE'VE HAD UP 'TILL NOW. Instinctiv is pretty, and the interface is slick, BUT IT RUNS YOUR CPU/GPU RAGGED AND CALLS OUT TO AT LEAST 43 DIFFERENT PLACES IN A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT COUNTRIES -- I'M NOT JOKING. After installing Instinctiv on my new Core i5 iMac and year-old Unibody Aluminum MacBook -- both with tons of RAM, are running Mac OS 10.6.3, and have recently been DiskWarrior-ed, etc. (so they were running in top form), EVERY TIME I RAN INSTINCTIV IT CONSTANTLY USED BETWEEN 30% AND 70% OF MY CPU/GPU (plus many, many peaks of 100%), AND LITTLE SNITCH 2.2.3 REPORTED A NEARLY CONSTANT CONNECTION WITH songkick.api.mashery.com AND NONSTOP CALLOUTS TO THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS (it would have called out to many, many more, I'm sure, but after typing the addresses of the following 42 callouts, I began to cry and had to quit). LITTLE SNITCH REPORTED THAT INSTINCTIV CALLED OUT TO: ajax.googleapis.com, api.instinctiv.com, ws.audioscrobbler.com, images.uulyrics.com, static2.last.fm.edgesuite.net, static.rateyourmusic.com, img19.picoodle.com, covers.mp3panda.com, www.thecouchsessions.com, www.beatportal.com, www.canyouseethesunset.com, 1.bp.blogspot.com, pagesperso-orange.fr, toddsplanb.files.wordpress.com, shinlist.com, www.concertsinyourhome.com, i25.tinypic.com, www.israbox.com, www.the-fly.co.uk, www.progarchives.com, pic.ipicture.ru, i.ytimg.com, i11.photobucket.com, api.ning.com.edgesuite.net, www.ilike.com, themusic.fm, www.metalsucks.net, www.beat-boot-ique.co.uk, 2fm.rte.ie, mt4-prod.advance.net.edgesuite.net, verygood.com.au, www.hung-truong.com, c4.ac-images.myspacedn.com.edgesuite.net, www.365albumsayear.com, c3.ac-images.myspacedn.com.edgesuite.net, img524.imageshack.us, www.comfortcomes.com, i307.photobucket.com, www.informatik.uni-hanburg.de, www.pettingzoo.nl, discotecaxaranga.com, www.coversproject.com, blogs.kcrw.com, motortorque.askaprice.com, 211.115.79.143, img.noiset.com and www.chinadaily.cncssr.chinacache.net ....... INSTINCTIV IS NOT AN 'APPLICATION' AS WE HAVE COME TO KNOW THEM. AN APPLICATION IS, FOR THE MOST PART, SELF-CONTAINED AND DOESN'T NEED TO REACH OUT TO A HUNDRED DIFFERENT LOCATIONS TO PULL ITSELF TOGETHER. NO, INSTINCTIV IS AN INTERNET BEHAVIOR AGGLOMERATING, REPORTING AND MARKETING SERVICE. SERIOUSLY, THERE'S NO REASON A MUSIC APP SHOULD CALLOUT TO OVER 42 DIFFERENT PLACES ON THE WEB -- NO REASON! I DON'T MEAN TO SOUND LIKE A PARANOID CONSPIRACY FREAK, BUT IF CORPORATIONS BEGIN TO BELIEVE THAT WE DON'T MIND SHARING WITH THEM EVERY SINGLE DETAIL OF OUR PRIVATE IDENTITIES (in addition to the aspects of self that we've already ceded to them), THEN THE FUN IS OVER.

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Version 0.9.4.7
Inik
+3

The network connections and CPU usage appear to be from gathering album art. It rolls through a number of different providers for images. Sure wouldn't hurt to have documentation on this.

Chas_m
+1

YES I TEND TO BELIEVE EVERYONE WHO TYPES IN ALL CAPS LIKE A CRAZY HOMELESS PERSON. Maybe you've discovered a way to search for album art WITHOUT interfacing with the internet, but I haven't. Take the tinfoil hat off already!

Formica
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Chas_m and Inik, you're being naïve. Did you try Instinctiv for yourself or inspect any of the addresses that PorkPieHat listed before you crapped on his claims? I did, and it did indeed call out to several dozen sites — BEFORE I'd played a single song. If it's only looking for album art, lyrics, band or track info, or anything else pertaining to the music we play, why would it call out to more than 40 addresses before it's even been given anything to play? And what could those several Chinese and Russian websites offer that can't be obtained by American or European sites? What about all those advertising and analytics sites? If you think Instinctiv is just an innocuous music player that does us a service by finding art and info about our music for us, then more power to you. I, however, try to learn and remember things as I go through life, so it's easier for me to see their art and info gathering function for what it really is — BAIT (also known as a 'loss leader') to help them attract fools who think everything they do on the Internet is anonymous and non-fools who just don't care.

Theboyrossy Member IconComment+0
Theboyrossy
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Was looking forward to trying this for the shuffle feature mainly. But as I keep my iTunes library on an external drive I wasn't able as the software doesn't allow me to specify where my library is.

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Version 0.9.4.3
shacklaw Member IconReview+132
shacklaw
+1

This is an interesting music player with lots of potential. What it does, it does beautifully. With the limited (being generous) documentation, I have found the Instinctiv Shuffle (probably its biggest selling point) to be essentially like a Pandora for your iTunes library. It starts out playing anything, and depending on what I skip, it tends to play songs similar to those I did not pass over. The interface is awesome. The only true request I have at this point is a graphic EQ, but the sound quality is not bad as is. I currently look at this is a great companion to iTunes, as it reads the iTunes library flawlessly. It is not by any means and iTunes replacement. Also, the tickets feature seems to work great, finding shows in my area for the groups in my library. Keep up the great, refreshing work!

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Version 0.9.4.2
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elventear
Version 0.9.14167
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endr23
Version 0.9.4.7

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Downloads 7,068
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Date 17 Dec 2011
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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