Program lets you schedule times for iTunes to wake you from your slumber, complete with spacebar-activated snooze function.
The worst thing about an alarm aclock, aside from the fact that it heralds the start of each work day with unabashed indifference, is that there’s usually no way to customize what music wakes you from your slumber. Some are at the mercy of a computerized terrestrial radio DJ, and the more sadistic (or lazy) opt for the default pings of the ubiquitous buzzer we’ve all come to know and hate.
But there is an app for that – a PC app anyways. ISnooze (direct download link) is a tiny program for Windows that runs quietly in your system tray and allows you to schedule times for iTunes to wake you up, complete with a spacebar-activated snooze feature.
- Spacebar activated snooze, and configurable snooze time.
- Gradual volume increasing.
- Multiple alarm schedules.
- Playlist selection.
- Temporary pausing when you reach your computer to give you time to shut it off.
Instead of being held hostage to the playlist of some distant radio conglomerate you can wake up to the soothing (or body-thumping) beats of your favorite playlist, artist, album, or podcast; on the weekends you can wake up to your favorite movie or TV show if you want.
When it comes to podcasts you can check out Dark Ambient [iTunes link] and White Noise Lounge [iTunes link] that provide soothing soundscapes for you to download. There’s also several to be found HERE.
Want to create a truly custom nature soundtrack of whatever length you want? Then go to Naturesoundsfor.me. It allows you to mix four different sounds (birds, waterfalls, creek, ocean, snowstorm, thunder, animals, drums, and more) and export to a .MP3 file. The more daring might opt for the sound of Darth Vader (yes, Darth Vader!).
Here’s one I made.
So the next time you wake up wanting to kill your alarm clock, perhaps iSnooze is just what the doctor ordered.
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