Musicality
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Desktop client for Pandora, Last.fm and Grooveshark.   Demo ($8.00)
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Musicality is a Mac OS X music player for Pandora, Last.fm, and Grooveshark that puts you in control. Use the media keys (F7, F8, F9), your own keyboard shortcuts, or the Apple remote to play, pause, skip, and rate your music. Stream to your AirPort, Apple TV, or any AirPlay-enabled device. Musicality gets your music out of the browser and into its very own window-no more juggling extra browser tabs (or accidentally closing the wrong one). Plus Growl notifications and Last.fm integration -- Musicality makes your music better!
What's New
Version 2.0.9:

  • More AirPlay improvements. Even more fixes for users with static and pops. If you are still experiencing audio issues, be sure to let the dev know.
  • More AppleScript. You can now like and dislike the currently playing song from your AppleScript, as well as check to see if the music is currently playing or not.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Musicality User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Christophergrant reviewed on 22 Feb 2013
PROS: A very nice alternative to having a traditional browser open. Main interface is primarily based on the service's own designs making it easy to know where you're at. Fullscreen support.
CONS: Not many. It was once available on the Swedish store but has since been removed for unknown reasons. About the only con I can think of is perhaps that ads still run within the app causing more cpu usage than you may like (on some services).
VERDICT: I find this to be the best of the service orientated musics apps out there. While it's got a few quirks, they're really minor. App is well worth checking out.
[Version 2.0.6]

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Industrious One LLC (developer) replied on 23 Feb 2013
Hi Christopher—I pulled it from Sweden (and many other regions) because Last.fm stopped working there, and I didn't want to offer a multi-service player with only one working service! I will be adding more services in the near future, and will be back in the store. In the meantime, you can still get updates, and it is still available from my website. Hope that helps explain things!
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Roman_Rogers-@asu reviewed on 03 May 2011
Yes its basically a browser. But the fact that you can control this with Apple Shortcut keys is easily worth the few measly bux the dev is asking. Common people quit being cheap. Great little app. LEt you control multiple accounts at once. And you can control your tunes while your playing games full screen. Props to the dev, this is app is one of a kind. Currently the workaround to control pandora with the mac keys requires way to much modding. This is simple.

My only comment is UI. Could be improved into something more transparent and simple. But honestly I dont spend too much time looking at it and just jam.
[Version 1.2.8]

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Industrious One LLC (developer) replied on 04 May 2011
Thanks for the review! I will be introducing some new UI elements over the next few releases so you won't have to rely on the main window quite so much.
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Jaswetz reviewed on 01 Mar 2011
At first I was dismayed but found the features to be all I needed and nothing more. I could use the UI because I was familiar with each site. I like fluid but it can't scrobble and I have to mess with it too much.

And I could never get PandoraJam to scrobble.

I was considering purchasing it but then it did something weird to my Adobe Fireworks CS4 and I couldn't use it anymore while working. This was a deal breaker and a weird bug.
[Version 1.2.4]

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Industrious One LLC (developer) replied on 04 Mar 2011
Adobe Fireworks mouse selection does stop working working when there is another (non-Apple) app trying to use the media keys. It also happens with Spotify, VLC, and the like. I implemented a workaround into Musicality 1.2.4 that would turn off the media keys if Fireworks was running—is this not working for you?

Thanks for the review!
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Jaswetz replied on 06 Mar 2011
Yeah, downloaded it after writing this and found this issue was fixed. I just might have to get it now. I have been looking for something like musicality for a long, long time. Thanks!
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+128

Shock-J reviewed on 10 Jun 2010
Ok, my initial judgement of this app is kind of conflicted. When I read the description, I really wanted to like it, and I still want to like it, but there's just not a lot to it.

In summary, it's feels like a stripped down web browser dedicated to "surfing"only Pandora and Last.fm. You get practically the identical interface if you visit these sites in Firefox or Safari. A few extra bells and whistles are thrown in to add "convenience" but somewhere deep down I feel like they're just there to disguise the fact that's it really just a mini web browser.

There are 3 advantages of using Musicality over your standard browser...
1. You can close the window and the music continues to play (ok, this is nice).
2. Global keyboard shortcuts (and Apple Remote integration) to control the music outside the application window.
3. Growl song notifications.

That's pretty much it. Now here's where the conflict comes in. Are these 3 conveniences worth $15? Unfortunately I'm gritting my teeth and saying no. They have a launch special of $10, but I'm still hesitant at that price. I just don't see the value in paying double digits for this app. BUT, I do have the solution! :-) I hate suggesting copying the functionality of other program, but if they were to add the ability to record streams and stream wirelessly to my Airport Express (like *coughing* PandoraJam) I would pay $10 for this in a heartbeat! Maybe even $15! :-)

There are also some issues to fix. Why is it that when I click on any action that doesn't involve playing music, it takes me OUT of musicality and into my default browser (which is Chrome at the moment). It shouldn't have to leave the app, particularly since it's a web browser itself, to update my profile, find a song or get HELP. If those buttons aren't integrated with app, then they're kind of pointless.

Also, there's no indication that your Pandora music is being scrobbled to Last.fm. That should be a no-brainer.

I'll continue to play with it some more to see if it grows on me, but I can't imagine this becoming a part of my software collection in it's current incarnation.
[Version 1.0.2]

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Industrious One LLC (developer) replied on 11 Jun 2010
Thanks for taking the time to review.

About the price: it was never my intention to charge the full $15 until more features had landed. But you are right, it gives the wrong impression and so I've removed it until I've got the features to back it up (hey, I'm learning).

About opening links in the browser: I had that same thought, so I tested both versions. The consensus was that opening in a full browser, rather than a stripped down (there's that term again) version, was more useful. You can bookmark, search the page, use your plugins, and so on. That said an window for specific pages such as your profile or Last.fm recommended music might be a good compromise. Thanks for mentioning it.

About scrobbling to Last.fm: already under way.

Musicality is designed to play your music and get out of your way. There are many features I hope to add (I'm a music addict and building this for myself as much as anything), but I hope it always feels like a "stripped down" (I would call it "lean and mean") music browser.

Are the conveniences worth it? Having always-on keyboard shortcuts? Having the F8 key, with that big play/pause symbol stamped on it, actually work? Skipping a song from across the room with the remote? It depends on how you listen to your music. I listen while I work; to me the convenience is invaluable.

It sounds like you like the idea though, and I'm happy for that. Enjoy the free trial, and I'll look forward to your thoughts on the next version.
burypromote
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Shock-J replied on 14 Jun 2010
Hey, thanks for replying.

I hope you don't think I was bashing your product because I wasn't, or at least that wasn't the intent. I was just trying to provide some honest feedback. I like where you're going with it, I just think it falls a bit short at the moment.

And trust me, I understand about convenience. I'm a Mac power user. I can make most users head spin how quickly and efficiently I can move around the OS.

So regarding the opening links in the browser issue. Perhaps you can make it a user option, a checkbox in the prefs. So the user can choose whether or not they want to either stay immersed within the Musicality browser for switch to their default browser. Just my two cents.

If you need a beta tester just let me know. ;-)
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+25

Christophergrant rated on 19 Mar 2012

[Version 2.0]



+1

Killahb308 rated on 27 Sep 2011

[Version 1.4.1]



Hoodsey rated on 14 Sep 2011

[Version 1.4]



+3

Jaswetz rated on 06 Mar 2011

[Version 1.2.4]



+16

Mfabache rated on 12 Jan 2011

[Version 1.2.1]



-1

Olivia255 rated on 05 Dec 2010

[Version 1.2.1]


Downloads:9,793
Version Downloads:829
Type:Home Personal : Music
License:Demo
Date:14 Sep 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $8.00
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Musicality is a Mac OS X music player for Pandora, Last.fm, and Grooveshark that puts you in control. Use the media keys (F7, F8, F9), your own keyboard shortcuts, or the Apple remote to play, pause, skip, and rate your music. Stream to your AirPort, Apple TV, or any AirPlay-enabled device. Musicality gets your music out of the browser and into its very own window-no more juggling extra browser tabs (or accidentally closing the wrong one). Plus Growl notifications and Last.fm integration -- Musicality makes your music better!


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