Whatever happened to radio? Motion pictures didn’t kill radio. Television didn’t kill radio. Even the internet, iPod, iPhone, and streaming music hasn’t killed radio. Yet.
Radio seems to be reborn about every year. Radio stations have moved to streaming their wares over the internet. Even Pandora has gone mainstream and now there’s a new app called Muse which brings my favorite online station right to the Mac’s screen.
Muse looks like Pandora in a browser window, complete with controls to rate music. Controls? Muse even uses keyboard shortcuts so you can play, pause, skip and rate from the keyboard while music plays in the background.
Close the Muse window and music continues to play. It even works with AirPlay, AirPort Express, and Apple TV to stream Pandora music elsewhere in your home.
Growl notification is built in so you get a quick look at what’s playing on Pandora. Song information can be sent to Last.fm. There’s not much to Muse and that’s what makes it attractive (besides the nominal price). It’s not cluttered, not cumbersome, and totally usable. Just enter your Pandora account and listen.