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Breakaway free download for Mac


Version 3.1.0

The essential music utility.

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Breakaway overview

Breakaway is your essential sidekick for music control. Unplugging headphones automatically pauses your music, so you won't miss a beat to your favorite song, or accidentally blast your tunes in a quiet room (again). And reconnecting headphones conveniently resumes your music automatically, smoothly and seamlessly picking up right where you left off. Breakaway also works when you mute and unmute the system audio, giving you another powerful handle to control your music.

Essential Music Control
  • Disconnect headphones to automatically pause your music, reconnect to resume
  • Mute the system audio to automatically pause your music, unmute to resume
  • Customize what events play and pause your tunes
  • Supports your favorite apps, like Spotify and Apple's Music
Easy to Use
  • Many popular music apps supported straight out of the box
  • Default settings designed to "just do the right thing"
  • Switch between different apps and Breakaway seamlessly follows you
  • Undo unintended actions right from the notification
  • Easily disable entire app for one-off situations
  • Get answers quickly with the fully integrated contextual help system
Safari App Extension
  • Browse popular websites with Breakaway at your side
  • Automatically pause and resume videos with headphones/mute
  • Works with many websites that have video playback, including YouTube and Twitch
Beautiful Interface
  • Clean and clear menu bar extra shows your headphone jack status
  • Icon smoothly and fluidly animates on state changes
  • Full dark mode support
Powerful Customization
  • Tweak how your music is controlled
  • Choose from one of five built-in actions, or make your own
  • Add your own custom actions to run AppleScripts, shell scripts, and Automator workflows
  • Fine-tune audio fade-in duration on music resumes
  • Adjust what notifications you want reported
  • Disable or enable the menu bar extra and Dock icon
Compatible Music Apps
  • iTunes
  • Music
  • TV
  • Spotify
Compatible Websites*
  • YouTube
  • Netflix
  • Twitch
  • Facebook
  • Reddit
  • Vimeo
  • CNN
  • BBC
  • Yahoo
  • Baidu
  • Niconico
  • and many more!
  • Breakaway currently does not support the Apple Podcast app (added in macOS 10.15 Catalina)
  • Due to rapidly changing web technology, some websites may become unsupported by Breakaway

What’s new in version 3.1.0

Updated on May 24 2022

  • Adds native support for M1 Macs
  • Adds headphone detection support for M1 Macs
  • Adds QuickTime Player support
  • Adds VLC support
  • Adds VOX support
  • Adds Swinsian support
  • Updates iconography to match latest macOS look and feel
  • Fixes abnormally long audio fades and animations on M1 Macs
  • Fixes abnormally short trial period





3.1 MB



App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.13.6 or later
  • Safari (for website integration)
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