By Michaël Fortin
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Sleepytime is a slick and functional sleep timer and alarm clock for iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Ecoute and Pulsar. It features a gorgeous animated display showing the current song's title and artist, as well as the time that remains until the music stops and other relevant information. At last a sleep timer and alarm clock that's easy to use!
• Support for Multiple Music Players : Sleepytime 2 introduces support for players other than iTunes. Sleepytime can now control iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Ecoute and Pulsar. When using Sleepytime with iTunes, you can choose any of your iTunes playlists to wake up to in the morning. Your favourite player is not supported? Send in a feature request.
• Sleep Timer : Sleepytime can stop your music after the duration you choose. Have the music fade out over time so it doesn't stop abruptly and wake you up.
• Alarm Clock : Wake up to your music the next morning! Sleepytime guides you through a few simple steps to make sure the volume is just right when you go to sleep and when you wake up. The app can fade in the volume so that you wake up smoothly and refreshed.
• Computer Actions : Have your computer shut down, restart, go to sleep or have Sleepytime log you out of your user account when the music stops playing.
• Local Weather : When you finally get up in the morning to stop the alarm, Sleepytime will show the local weather in a cool animated display. The app can also automatically determine your location (if you allow it to do so) and retrieve the local weather automatically. Take a look at the animations: http://bit.ly/pcq3Sp
• Text-to-Speech : Sleepytime 2 introduces text-to-speech support using any of Mac OS X's built-in voices, including the high quality voices introduced in Mac OS X Lion. Have Sleepytime tell you the time and/or a word or sentence of your choosing when you snooze the alarm.
• Player Controls : New in Sleepytime 2 is a player control bar. This bar, located just below the animated display, enables you to quickly skip tunes, toggle repeat and shuffle, change the volume and more for the active player without requiring you to bring up the player in question.
• Works With Your Apple Remote : Snooze the alarm by pausing iTunes with your Apple Remote or by any other means you're used to. No need to unlock your computer! Note though that Apple Remote snooze support is limited for players other than iTunes.
• Fullscreen : Go to sleep watching a nice and calm animated night sky, or any of the nice built-in fullscreen compositions. The song, artist and remaining time are also displayed in fullscreen mode.
• User-Created Fullscreen Compositions : Sleepytime 2 enables you to create and use your own compositions in fullscreen mode. If you don't want to create one yourself, you can download compositions by other users in the Sleepytime Compositions Gallery.
• Backup Alarm : Make sure you always wake up on time even if your favorite player doesn't start playing. Very useful if, for example, you're using Rdio and your Internet connection is down when the time comes to wake up.
Macworld (May 2011) : "For people who like to go to sleep or wake up to music, Sleepytime is a great little app. […] Sleepytime is a nice, simple app that does its one little thing very well."
MacLife Magazine (Dec. 2010) : "Sleepytime is more than a slumber-inducing tea--it’s also the name of a helpful sleep timer for iTunes. […] It’s perfect for nighttime listening."
Other press mentions include MacPeople (Japan), MacUp (Germany), MacWelt (Germany), SVM Mac (France) and iCreate (Spain).
A note on the alarm feature:
Sleepytime unfortunately cannot start or wake up your computer from sleep. This feature can't be added to the app right now because it requires admin privileges which is not permitted on the Mac App Store. You should not put your computer to sleep manually when using the alarm feature. Sleepytime will prevent your computer from going to sleep automatically.
What's New in Version 2.1
• Added a backup alarm in case the active player doesn't play its alarm music (ex: you are using Rdio and your Internet connection is down when the alarm starts).
• Sleepytime can now shuffle your alarm playlist temporarily to make sure you wake up to a different song every day.
• Better support for Rdio.
• You can now tell Sleepytime to continue playing music when you get up instead of being forced to either snooze or stop the alarm music.
• Fixed: Launch should now be *much* zippier!
• Fixed: Sleepytime sometimes forgot the selected iTunes alarm playlist at launch.
• Fixed: In some cases Sleepytime prevented shutdown by relaunching the active player.
• Fixed: Wrong progress indication when using Rdio.
• Fixed: Non-functional "Play" button when using Rdio.
• Fixed: The volume slider sometimes displayed the wrong value.
• Fixed: The alarm preview button appeared even if the alarm wasn't preview-able.
• Fixed: The active fullscreen composition was reset when entering the Compositions preferences tab.
• Fixed: Much less logging.
• Note: Sleepytime is now 64-bit only.
I've used this alarm for the past year now (freshman year at college) and have never missed a class. Super reliable, just make sure your computer doesn't sleep during the night. I usually just leave my computer screen open, set it to never sleep, set the backlight to turn off in a few minutes, and I wake up whenever I want. You won't be disappointed
Would love to see an integration with Pandora (either web interface or Pandora One Desktop App) in the future. All the same, does what it says it does, and works really well for me!
I have been using this app for at least 3-4 years.
A few weeks ago, I purchased the full version. It is amazing. No complaints.