I've been hinting about it on Twitter and Facebook, today I am happy to announce Industrious One's first product: Musicality! You can read more about it on the new product page, but in a nutshell Musicality is a Mac OS X desktop client for the Pandora and Last.fm music streaming services. I designed it for people who, like me, love to listen to music while they work. Take all of the great music and features these services offer, liberate them from the browser and give them a proper desktop window, then add in super conveniences like keyboard shortcuts, Growl notifications, and the Apple remote. The result is remarkable: the music becomes something that helps you work, instead of being the work. Training a new Pandora station is fun!
I should mention that Musicality is for the Mac. It uses a few of the latest and greatest features so you'll need Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later. And of course, you'll need an account (which you can get for free) on the Pandora and Last.fm websites in order to use their services. If that sounds like you, read more about Musicality here or download it immediately from here. This preview is free to use, without restrictions.
What's a public preview?
This public preview release is a way to get Musicality into your hands sooner. It is still missing some features and there will be bugs that need fixing along the way. But despite these rough edges we're using it every day ourselves, and really enjoying it. We hope you do too, and would love to hear your thoughts on it. Which of the missing features are most important to you? What confuses you or doesn't work quite right? Send us your feedback and help shape Musicality 1.0.
While the preview lasts, we're knocking 25% off the price in recognition of your early adopter support. You'll get the final 1.0 when it becomes available, as well as all the 1.x updates that follow, for a nice discount.
So what's missing?
Here are some of the features we're thinking about. Not all of these will make it into the 1.0 release; your feedback will help determine which ones make the cut.
Easier navigation: We're working on ways to make it faster and easier to switch between songs, stations, and playlists across services, including iTunes.
Mini-player: A iTunes-style mini-player, providing song information and basic controls in a much smaller view.
Last.fm scrobbling: "scrobbling" is Last.fm's term for automatically sending songs you listen to on your Mac to their service. Last.fm can then recommend new music you might like, help you find people with similar tastes, or generate nifty charts and graphs of your listening history. You can read more about Last.fm here.
Support for more services: we'd love to support more streaming services; let us know if there is one you can't live without.
Here are some of the rough edges we know about. We'll be working to smooth these out before we reach the 1.0 release.
Better notifications and feedback: Sometimes you might press one of your keyboard shortcuts or a button on the remote and not know if Musicality heard you. We'll improve the feedback Musicality provides so you never feel ignored.
Launch on login could be easier: Musicality works best when it is sitting in the background, letting you know what is playing and listening for your commands. You can set up your own OS X login item, but we can make it easier.
More polishing: There is still some ugly in there. We'll work to get things all pretty, polished, and shiny before we put the 1.0 sticker on it.
Try it now!
So there you have it! You can read the splashy product page or just go get it and try it out for free. If you're already using Pandora or Last.fm, you should definitely take a look. If you aren't, give them a try! They are both great services, and totally free. Either way, we hope you enjoy Musicality as much we do. And be sure to let us know what you think.