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The Alarm Music Selection List

Sleepytime allows you to select what music to play as the alarm. It does so through a simple list popup in the alarm options area:

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What Music Is Available

Because different players offer different capabilities, what's available in the alarm music list varies for each player. Because Sleepytime depends on the player's AppleScript support, the fact that a player offers access to playlists in its interface doesn't necessarily mean that these will be accessible to Sleepytime.

If you would like Sleepytime to be able to access playlists or other music sources within your favourite player, please make a feature request to the player's developer and mention Sleepytime.

The following table summarizes the available alarm music sources for each player:

Player Music Sources
iTunes
  • Playlists
  • What's currently playing
  • Built-in Sleepytime music
  • Built-in Sleepytime sounds
Ecoute
  • What's currently playing
  • Built-in Sleepytime music
  • Built-in Sleepytime sounds
Pulsar
  • What's currently playing
  • Built-in Sleepytime music
  • Built-in Sleepytime sounds
Rdio
  • What's currently playing
  • Built-in Sleepytime music
  • Built-in Sleepytime sounds
Spotify
  • What's currently playing
  • Built-in Sleepytime music
  • Built-in Sleepytime sounds

The built-in Sleepytime music and sounds are always available for each player; those are bundled right into the app and play independently of the selected player.

"What's currently playing" simply resumes playing whatever was playing (or paused) in the active player when you went to sleep. This option is always available because as long as Sleepytime can control a player it can make it resume playing whatever was previously playing when the time comes to wake you up.

Selecting Podcasts, Internet Radio Stations and More

If your favorite player supports playlists (such as iTunes, as shown in the table above), having podcasts or Internet radio stations play as an alarm is as simple as creating a new playlist in your player and adding the podcasts or radio station to it. Then, simply select that newly created playlist in Sleepytime's alarm options.

Backup Alarm

Sleepytime's backup alarm exists to make sure you wake up on time even if for some reason the player you chose to use with Sleepytime fails to play music when Sleepytime asks it to.

The backup alarm can be triggered by the following conditions, among other possibilities:

Depending on the player you choose to use and how you set it up, there may be other conditions that cause a player to fail playing music. The backup alarm is smart enough to catch most of those other cases as well.