possible to automate itunes?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Kingsly, Jul 29, 2006.

  1. Kingsly macrumors 68040

    Kingsly

    #1
    I had a thought. Its a crazy one. Really cool too. Here it is:

    So i'm sleeping. Its 7:00 in the morning. iTunes automatically springs to life and begins playing some classical at extremely low volume. Over the next hour it slowly brings it up to a level capable of waking me (preset by me).
    then around 10:30 it switches to another playlist of my choosing (pre-programed, that is)....

    Say around 5:00 it turns on some gotan project or federico aubele. Finally it ends on some oscar peterson or carla bruni as I go to sleep, gently lowering the volume... next morning it all begins again.

    Possible? Please, if it is help me make my dream a reality.
     
  2. Sesshi macrumors G3

    Sesshi

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    #2
    I don't see why not. All of those things are achievable separately but you just need to tie it in. I'll require a bit of work that's all.
     
  3. Greenjeens macrumors regular

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    I think you can immediatley have much of what you want. Not sure about an hour long gradual sound rise. Seems like it should be possible to extend the timers start to full volume setting for the Application. Then just set another alarm and select another playlist!

    A few other people have had Itunes alarm dreams and created more than a few solutions:)

    I use iTaf. It's a free alarm program. The script seems to use a fair amount of system resources, at least on my overburdened G4, since it is a timer running in the background.

    You can set alarms from any itunes songs and adjust the gradual increase in volume to wake up gently.

    Got an idea for a low tech solution! Record a CD, or MP3 or DVD for more time for a long wake up, or to hold several "wake up" programs.
    Then set even a simple timer to turn on the CD/MP3/DVD player. Many modern CD/Disc players have a timer switch, so the player starts when power is switched on at the plug.

    http://itaf.sourceforge.net/
    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/10582

    iTaf Features
    • iTaf is an alarm clock to wake up with iTunes.
    • iTaf allows to schedule the automatic closing of iTunes.
    • iTaf weekly agenda allows to create a collection of alarms during the week.
    • Option to set the level of system volume added.


    And a few other alarm clocks!

    http://www.versiontracker.com/php/s...m+clock&plt[]=macosx&mode=basic&action=search

    iAlarm 1.61
    Alarm clock plays iTunes, speaks news, weather, iCal events...
    776k
    Shareware
    10/01/2003
    14,392
    iTunEcho 1.2
    iTunes sleep or wake timer/alarm
    550k
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    11/06/2004
    13,999
    iTunes Alarm 1.0
    alarm clock for iTunes
    256k
    Freeware
    12/07/2005
    5,455
    AlarmThingy 1.0.0
    simple iTunes playlist alarm clock
    124k
    Freeware
    11/27/2004
    4,639
    Pause 2.1.1
    advanced sleep timer
    203k
    Freeware
    12/06/2005
    1,549
    Alarm Clock 2.3.3
    menu bar alarm clock that integrates with iTunes
    1.2M
    Freeware
    07/13/2006
    1,027
    Aurora 2.3
    alarm clock plays iTunes playlists
    717k
    Freeware
    06/14/2006
    727
    iTuneSleep 2.0.3
    iTunes Alarm Clock & Sleep Timer
    482k
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    06/30/2006
    618
    PowerController 2.1.1
    iTunes alarm clock, wake/sleep scheduler
    584k
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    521
    Awaken 2.6
    digital alarm clock that uses iTunes playlists
    2.0M
    Shareware
    07/12/2006
    466
    Alarm Clock Pro 7.7.9
    itunes alarm clock, stop watch, timer, and more
    6.6M
    Shareware
    07/24/2006
    408
    iRooster 2.2 Beta 9r2
    alarm clock to wake up to iTunes
    797k
    Beta
    06/28/2006
    377
    iSleep 2.6
    sleep timer for iTunes, Whamb & DVD player
    547k
    Shareware
    07/08/2006
    362
    Chronomaniac 1.0
    schedule appointments and wake up your computer

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    Dave
     
  4. Bedawyn macrumors regular

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    iBeez was capable of doing the alarm-clock playlists with the gradual sound-rise three or four years ago, and I swore by it the first year or two I used it. Unfortunately, every point upgrade seemed to make it worse, so I eventually stopped using it. Don't know if more recent versions work any better.
     
  5. TEG macrumors 604

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    I would have to vote for Alarm Clock Pro, which not only can use iTunes, but also WMP, Quicktime, WAVs, or anything else.

    TEG
     
  6. cwedl macrumors 65816

    cwedl

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    I know people on this forum have used iTunes Alarm because I recommended a while back.
     
  7. Killyp macrumors 68040

    Killyp

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    The software Alarm Clock will do everything you want with minimum fuss. It's a little toolbar icon and you can configure repeating alarms (with fades etc...) and single alarms. You can choose whatever music you want to go into the alarm.
     

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