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Turn Back Time With Our New Product: Intermission

Here at Rogue Amoeba, we’re always hard at work bringing new features and bug fixes alike to your favorite applications. It’s not too often, however, that we get a chance to unveil a brand-new product. In fact, it’s been almost two years since our last true 1.0 release.

So, it’s with no small amount of excitement that we’re releasing a brand-new app today. It’s called Intermission, and it’s going to change the way people listen to audio on their Macs. This is Intermission:

Intermission's main menu

It’s certainly not flashy, is it? However, the simplicity of Intermission’s menu bar interface belies its amazing power. You see, with Intermission, you can stop time, and rewind it too! That’s because Intermission is a tool to let you pause and rewind live audio right on your Mac.

To start, Intermission provides a pause button for all audio playback on your Mac. That means any audio, even streaming content, can be paused while taking a call, answering the door, or using the restroom. Interruptions no longer have to mean missing anything. When you get back, just resume playback, right where you left off.

Intermission also makes it possible to jump back and replay missed audio. The ability to rewind live sports, talk radio, teleconferences and more simply can’t be beat. And after you’ve heard what you missed, one click of “Jump to Live” brings you back to the present again.

Intermission is fantastic for use with streaming music services. It stores up to three hours of content, which means you can pause streaming audio on services like Pandora, iTunes Radio, or Spotify to build a buffer, then skip right past the songs, ads, and anything else you don’t want to hear!

Get It Now

Why not try out Intermission now? Head over to the Intermission page to learn more, and to download the free trial. All you’ll need is Mac OS X 10.7 or higher to get started.

Of course, when you’re ready to purchase the full version of Intermission, you can buy it instantly through our online store at the special introductory price of just $15.

Update (September 8th, 2013): We’ve had a few questions about Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks). Mavericks isn’t out just yet, but when it is, we’ll be there of course. Right now, however, the current version prevents itself from running on 10.9. It has not been fully tested on 10.9 yet, so we’re playing it safe. We’ll have news on updates for Mavericks soon, right here on this blog. You can also check our Status page for in-depth information. For now, we definitely recommend sticking with Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion).

Tell Us About It

While we obviously have some great use cases in mind already, we’re excited to hear about all the ways users will take advantage of the power Intermission provides. After you’ve tried it out, please send us any questions or feedback you have. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Bonus: Recording From the Past as Well

Audio Hijack Pro IconWhile working on Intermission, we realized something very cool: it can even be used to record audio from the past! By pairing up Intermission with our audio recorder Audio Hijack Pro, you can record important conversations or audio streams, minutes or even hours later. Just rewind the audio in Intermission, then hit Record in Audio Hijack, and you’ll be able to archive anything you’ve just heard. Intermission’s manual provides full details on recording from the past.

9 Responses to “Turn Back Time With Our New Product: Intermission”

  1. Steve says:

    Great idea! I almost think it needs a “CatchUp” feature that will play the buffered audio at a faster rate (1.5x maybe) so you don’t have to miss anything (unlike Jump To Live).

  2. Paul Kafasis says:

    Steve: I had just that idea recently – it’s on the list to consider for the future!

  3. John T says:

    Just a thought is this not going to slow systems significantly?

  4. Sean says:

    Excellent! Can’t wait to try it. Although I have Audio Hijack Pro, here is another idea… How about being able to dump out the last X hours of audio to Fission to be able to scan through and edit and save?

  5. Paul Kafasis says:

    John T: It does not slow systems significantly, no. Just try it and see!

    Sean: That’s an idea Ed (who did the backend work) had just a week or two ago! It’s definitely on our list to consider for future versions.

  6. Jay says:

    Looks like something I’m about to add to my Mac. I can use this with web-based training and other stuff where the “what did he just say?” factor comes into play. Cool!

    Will this work with Piezo like it will with Audio Hijack Pro? I have Piezo but not Hijack Pro, hence the Q.

  7. Paul Kafasis says:

    Jay: It will, but remember, Piezo needs to quit and re-launch apps to capture from them. So, you’d need to launch Intermission with Piezo ahead of time, to record from it. Intermission is designed to run all the time, and only Audio Hijack Pro (with its Instant On component) can capture from running apps.

  8. Eytan says:

    I buy Rogue Amoeba products sight unseen. You have proven yourself again and again to be the kings of audio products for the Mac. Already installed and running, thank you!

    yes, please consider variable speed playback, allowing you even to catch up with real-time (for example, set to play 1.5 or 2 times until it catches back up with live)

  9. Paul Kafasis says:

    Eytan: Well, we always encourage folks to give the trial a spin, but thank you for your kind words, and trust! Stay tuned for more to come.

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