Muse, Sound Studio, Musicality

updated 12:47 pm EDT, Tue September 4, 2012 | Posted in Apps

Muse 2.0.4 ($8) - Muse is a desktop client for Pandora radio. The app connects directly to the web service, and allows users to control playback with the computers built-in media keys. Version 2.0.4 includes a number of OS X Mountain Lion specific fixes, including improved AirPlay reliability. Issues relating to Retina displays have also been fixed with the update. [Download - 7.2MB]

Sound Studio 4.5.4 ($30) - Sound Studio is a tool for recording and editing digital audio. The software includes multi-track support, as well as basic audio editing tools such as equalizers, compressors, and noise gates. The latest release fixes a bug with missing audio input and output channel selection, as well as a crash that could occur with playback when fast forwarding, rewinding, or right-clicking in the window. A number of others known issues have also been resolved in this release. [Download - 13.7MB]

Musicality 2.0.4 ($12) - Musicality is a desktop interface for Pandora, Last.fm, and Grooveshark. Support for Growl notifications is included, along with the ability to control playback with keyboard shortcuts. A variety of Mountain Lion specific updates are included with the update, as well as fixes for issue related to Retina displays. [Download - 6.9MB]

CourseNotes 3.0.1 ($4) - CourseNotes is a note taking tool that offers support for syncing information between the desktop and iPad apps. The v3.0.1 update fixes a startup crash that could occur for Mac OS X Lion users. [Download - 5MB]

Stock Keeper 1.1.6 ($19) - Stock Keeper is a media organizer that allows users to manager all of their digital assets. The software includes support for all major file formats, and allows users to add tags, notes, and info to each file. The update fixes a bug that could cause problems when making smart folders. [Download - 5MB]

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