Ambiance vs aSleep

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by kwjohns, Aug 20, 2008.


Pick One

  1. Own Both - Prefer Ambiance

  2. Own Both - Prefer aSleep

  3. Own Ambiance - Like It

  4. Own Ambiance - Don't Like It

  5. Own aSleep - Like It

  6. Own aSleep - Don't Like It

    0 vote(s)
  7. Don't Own Either

  1. kwjohns macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2007
    I haven't tried either but both updated their apps recently and I'm interested. Has anyone tried both and if so, which do you find better and why? If you don't have both, which one do you have and how do you like it?
  2. BikeRanger macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2008
    Don't own either

    Have some ambient nature sounds (ocean, river, etc.) in iTunes, set to repeat. Like that solution better because the tracks can be used from my iPhone or MBP.
  3. TimothyB macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2008
    Considering both are a $1, I can hardly complain.

    I recently bought Ambiance and a Sony docking Alarm Clock just for it.

    The sounds seem basic. Ocean didn't thrill me, too hard on white noise than soothing. The fan and machine are nice and different from sound machines I've had. Rain, simple, but good. Creek, sounds good, but haven't used it, with like something a little slower and suddle. Waterfall, sounds like a big one.

    One annoyance is all the different white noises, like Pink Noise, Violent Noise, etc, that are scattered throughout. So if you want to browse the sounds while play, they are pretty startling.

    Though, update doubles the amount of sounds and haven't tried it yet. But for the cost, buying both apps would be a no brainer.

    Also, there's this 3rd app that just came out. But until Apple releases their 1.1 update, the sounds have a noticeable hick-up when they repeat.
  4. EvanLugh macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2007
    Developer land
    I like aSleep. Lots of options at only 59p. I was looking for a thread like this last night, I wasn't sure which one to buy ;)
  5. Roller macrumors 68020

    Jun 25, 2003
    Both apps are good, though I like Ambience's better. They were also both just updated to add sounds. The downside is that they're large (aSleep is now 172MB, Ambience 56MB) so they take a lot of time to install/update. I'd like to see them provide a way to permanently delete sounds that I know I'm never going to use to save space.
  6. TwiceNightly macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2008
    I own both and prefer aSleep.

    aSleep seems to have more natural sounding noises to me, and the update yesterday just added lots more to it.
  7. tofupancake macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2008
    Has anyone tried iChillOut? Too early to trust the very positive reviews in the iStore, but it looks better than both of those.
  8. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    This is an understatement! I bought aSleep last night because I couldn't....well....sleep and it took 40 mins to download and install.
  9. EvanLugh macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2007
    Developer land
    Same here, well it took 10 minutes but in the end I fell asleep anway.
  10. thatdude90210 macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2007
    There's a beach in my pocket. :)

    The new "coast" sound in Ambiance is pretty nice, I have it going right now with the timer set. It's kinda funny with people wondering where the bird and ocean sound is coming from.
  11. kwjohns thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2007
    Maybe that's their intention. "Can't sleep? Watch our app install!" :D
  12. rigodamdiculous macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2008
    Bought Both

    I prefer Ambiance's interface, though for this type of app, it's not that important.
    They both have the same features.

    aSleep has a larger selection/variety of sounds (including some music and meditation), some of which seem...well...non-sleepy to me, but that's subjective.
    Both are of very high quality.
    It really comes down to what you find relaxing and I'm not sure but I don't think either developer has samples available.

    I pretended they were one app that cost two bucks - less than I pay for a cup of coffee to wake myself up, love all the options, feel it was totally worth it.
    Taking both recent updates into consideration, aSleep currently has the edge for the variety.
    Here's hoping they keep trying to one-up each other for a while!
  13. thetoothfairy macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2008
    I own both but like aSleep much better.... my reason is because I like the look and feel of aSleep better than the other one.... matter of fact I took off the other one and just have aSleep on my phone now...
  14. kwjohns thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2007
  15. noisebleed macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    i own both, since i require white noise ( noise with no rhythm basically like a fan or rain ) to sleep.

    ambience sucks.

    asleep's sounds are a lot more crisp, louder and better...

    the rain and thunder ones are the best.

    i use the rain everyday now... works like a charm.
  16. kwjohns thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2007
    I decided to get aSleep since everyone who owns both thinks aSleep is better. I sent an email to the developer this morning suggesting a keyboard tapping sound added to the next version and he responded within a couple hours that it would be in the next version. Nice!
  17. lesliegolf macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2008
    Southern California
    I fly about 125k miles a year and was really happy to see both these apps hit the store. I purchased both. Perfect for covering up crying kids, whining kids, whining adults, etc.

    As someone mentioned, aSleep has really clear sounds. Also, the sounds do not sound they are repeating as quickly as ambiance. Sometimes I cannot figure out where the repeat even is.

    IMHO aSleep is considerably better than Ambiance.
  18. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    I own ambiance, but I think I might get aSleep as well after reading the good reviews here. The downsize is that the app itself takes up more space than all works by most artists that I have.
  19. Lucca macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2008
    I have ambiance and really like it, but your good reviews of asleep convinced me to purchase it. It's currently downloading and installing now.

    I mean, since both are 1 buck a pop, what do I have to lose? :) (well, besides 1 buck but still.)
  20. iblastoff macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2008
    confused as to why anyone would pay for these apps. you do know your iphone/ipod can PLAY mp3s right? its just like all the people buying up those crappy restaurant tip apps. um hello calculator?
  21. Lucca macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2008
    Well, yes, but most likely you still have to pay for those mp3s. It's probably the fact that the apps themselves are rather cheap that make them appealing. I know I would not be buying them if they were more than a buck.
  22. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    i love to listen to the "beach" on aSleep when i'm outside trying to tan, it makes me feel like i'm actual at the beach lol (the birds r kinda annoying tho)
  23. noisebleed macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    please find me a decent nature album. i can't find them on itunes nor torrents nor google.

    also please find me a nature album that is 99 cents.

    ( downloading mp3s is legal in canada, sorry americans if you can't talk about it )

    either way, there is none!
  24. SFC Archer macrumors 68000

    SFC Archer

    Nov 9, 2007
    Troy, MT
    Try Nature Sound Series or Sounds of the Earth. I downloaded from iTunes and have them on my iPhone at all times. I love the Loons and Campfire Night the best. If you have Simplify Media...let me know your screen name and I will accept you so that you can at least listen or use them at your desire.

    SN: rngrtristan

  25. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    bc it looks nice and is less work for lazy ppl like me lol

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