Transitioning Your Music to Your iPod With Seamless

The app that we are reviewing today is a very unique concept. It’s one of those apps that makes you think, “Wow, that’s cool; but do I really have a use for it?” It’s impressive, and it makes you wonder how it works, but it doesn’t immediately stand out as something that you’ve always been longing for.

It’s called Seamless, and makes it easy for you to transition songs from your Mac to your iPod without losing track of where you were in the song or podcast. Sounds cool, but how well does it work? Let’s take a look.

Getting Started

Seamless

Seamless

This app is brand new – coming out just a week or two ago – and it’s free on the Mac App Store. You do need, however, to buy the companion app for the iOS, which goes for $0.99 (and without it the app doesn’t really do anything).

Once you’re set up with the Mac app and its mobile counterpart, you’ll need to sync them up in order to be able to transition songs from one to the other. Let’s see how that works.

Installation

Installation

Installation

You would expect the installation of this app to be different from any other app, as you have to sync it to your device. I was expecting this to be a fairly long, intricate process – but it’s actually very simple, although you receive almost no guidance through the installation.

After installing the app it will ask you if you want to run it every time you login. After that, it just opens up a little icon on your menu bar. No introduction, no settings, nothing. Even on the menu of the app there isn’t anything particularly helpful. It just says “Ready to transition (song playing)”. Perhaps too simple?

You have to go back to the description of the app in the App Store to understand how it works. There it says that you need to download the iOS app in order for Seamless to work. Oh. I first thought this was going to work without having to open an app in my iPod.

How It Works

Seamless iOS app

Seamless iOS app

After you purchase, download and open the app on your iOS device, you’ll be asked to “Add a Mac”. The app will search for a Mac online and will display its name on your device. Click it, and a message will pop up in your Mac asking you if you want to allow your iPod to connect. Then you are done.

Now, every time you open the app on your iOS device, it will automatically connect to your Mac and check if you are listening to something. If you are, it will show the artwork of whatever is playing, with a button that lets you transition the track to your iPod, or back to your Mac. Everything works nicely and with an amazing speed. It even fades the sound in and out of each device, which is a pretty cool effect.

Limitations

I like to listen to albums. In fact, most of the time I’m listening to either albums or playlists. I never play just one song. I was expecting this app to work with albums, but it just doesn’t.

Whenever you transition a song, the song will play inside the app of Seamless, but if you quit it and go over to the Music app, you’ll notice that when you transition a song, it will play it in a shuffle playlist along with all of the other songs in your library. So, when the song is over, you’ll get a random song from your library.

Update: We want to point out that this functionality has actually been implemented in an update that is currently pending approval by Apple. Album position will be preserved when transitioning music to your iPhone – something that makes this app a whole lot better!

Conclusion

The app works as advertised. In the description of it and in the video that’s on the dev’s web page it says that it’s for when you are playing a song on your computer, but have to leave and don’t want to interrupt the song and go look for it under your mobile device’s library. I get it, it works and I think it’s certainly an impressive concept.

As of now, one of the best uses I find for this app is for podcasts, because they usually are pretty long and it can be annoying scrolling on your iPod to the place where you left off in your Mac.

Despite these initial problems, I am excited to see what the next releases bring. What about you? Would you find Seamless useful in its current state?


Summary

Seamless lets you transition music, podcasts, or audiobooks between your Mac and iPhone (or iPod touch) in a single tap –– without dropping a beat.

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  • ludicos

    Where can I get this Rio-Wallpaper?

    • http://about.me/jorgerdz Jorge Rodriguez

      Good question. I have no idea, it came up on the wallpapers that come with the “Wallpaper Wizard” app that Appstorm gave away a few weeks ago.

  • KT

    Personally, and I feel I might be missing something here, but I can’t imagine who would find this app useful. Why take the time to install Seamless and why bother to purchase it at all when Apple’s FREE “Remote” App will give you access to all your music in iTunes on your Mac?

    8/10 seems a really high rating for this app, particularly when so many shortcomings/limitations were mentioned in the review.

    This may be irrelevant but, the guy in the video on the Seamless video felt really weird too. Like he was on drugs or something. It was such a lethargic video with no excitement whatsoever! If you’re trying to sell a product why be so nonchalant about it? I think the video will put people off rather than motivate people to purchase it. It just felt like a lazy guy sitting around in his nice, big house with more money than sense – like he paid a developer to build Seamless for him – just so he didn’t have to sync his iTunes music with his iPhone. Hopefully this is construed in the manner it’s meant – constructive feedback on how NOT to make a trailer for your app.

    Anyway, it’s great that you’ve reviewed this app because I will be staying totally away from it – I have zero need for it and I think the app will die a cold death. I think many others will feel the same way too when you consider that the firstperson in the comments here was more interested in the background wallpaper than the actual app! :D

    On a positive note, the app and the company’s Website look beautifully designed, really like their site, I would just put their designer to better use by coming up with better ideas for apps.

    • tom

      I don’t understand your reply. Seamless and Remote are two completely different apps. How can you do with the Remote app what Seamless does?

    • http://About.me/jorgerdz Jorge Rodriguez

      Yeah, I don’t think you understand what the app does. The video is pretty clear on it.

      • KT

        Thanks, I’d be glad to clarify further. I know they’re not EXACTLY the same – I know that seamless is about “seamlessly” segueing from one device to another, but it’s fundamentally the same as Remote in that, Remote will let users play the same track (albeit from the start instead of where you left off) from an iPhone or iPad by communicating with your Mac where you were originally listening. What I’m saying is, what’s the point of seamless – developing this app or me buying it – when I can just use Remote to get access to my music library on my other device? It offers very, very little advantages to me over Remote. I hope that clarifies what I mean and again, please let me know why someone might want to use Seamless instead of Remote. Is the “gentle fade in” that Seamless offers really that much quicker or important compared to Remote?

    • http://twitter.com/florianlionel Florian Taltavull

      Give me an answer to this and it’s going to answer itself.
      When you use Remote, do you actually hear music on your iOS device (iPhone, iPod)?
      I suppose you don’t. Seamless let’s you listen to the music you were playing on your Mac on your mac and creates a seamless transition. That’s the deal!
      Remote doesn’t offer that. As soon as you leave your Mac, your music is ‘gone’. Seamless gives you the possibility to continue listening (keeping the flow) when you go somewhere else (outside, to work, jogging, etc. – for instance).

  • Guido Damian Guerrero Contreras

    That app is kinda useless wtf if i get no wifi coverage is f..cked up

    • http://loneplacebo.com Tony

      Agreed. It sucks to be a iPod Touch owner sometimes.

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