Amua: cool, minimal Last.fm player for Mac

Posted on March 6, 2009. Filed under: Music | Tags: , , , |

By Jay Hathaway, Downloadsquad.com

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I went looking for a Last.fm client for my Mac recently, and discovered that Amua is well worth considering. It passes the basic tests for a good Last.fm app: it scrobbles tracks, it lets you skip, love and ban songs, and provides access to artist, user and tag stations. It also stays out of the way in a menubar icon, and only shows its small, discreet current track display when you tell it to.

I didn’t realize it at first, but Amua uses iTunes to stream songs from Last.fm. Not a big deal to me, since I have iTunes open 90% of the time I’m on my Mac. If iTunes is a dealbreaker for you, then you might need to find yourself a different player. There are reasons to stick with Amua: it hardly uses any system resources, and it supports Growl. The main improvement I’d like to see would be hotkeys for the play/pause/skip functions. The iTunes hotkeys will stop Amua, but won’t get it going again or skip to the next track on Last.fm.

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