6 Alarm Clock Apps for OS X

I’m sure many of you have been let down by your trusty alarm clock at one time or another – don’t you wish there was a better way? Fortunately, there is! It’s easy to leverage the power of your Mac to help you be more punctual and productive.

Depending upon your budget and requirements, there are plenty of applications which function as feature-rich and good looking alarm clocks. All of the following programs have free trials, so you can try them out to see what features you need in your perfect alarm clock application.

Awaken

Awaken

Awaken

Awaken is the whole package, great interface, fully featured, and free updates for life. The alarm can be set to wake you, either with music from your iTunes library or one of the build in sounds. Awaken has the ability to wake your Mac from sleep. Fullscreen mode allows you to view your alarm, even from across the room. Awaken also comes with an egg timer, great for a quick nap or help around the kitchen.

Price: $15.00
Requires: Mac OS 10.4 or later
Developer: Embraceware

Aurora

Aurora

Aurora

While most other applications are only available in English, Aurora is available in English, German, French, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian and Chinese. Aurora also has built in EyeTV support, you can wake up to your favorite television program. Also, if you decide you do not want to wake up you can snooze your alarm using the Apple remote.

Price: $15.00 EUR ~ $19.46
Requires: Mac OS 10.5 or later
Developer: Metaquark

Alarm Clock Pro

Alarm Clock Pro

Alarm Clock Pro

Alarm Clock Pro, while the most expensive, has the most features. In addition to the regular features, Alarm Clock offers some very unique ones such as the ability to take a screenshot, open a website, compose an email, open an application, and 27 more options with the ability to combo one or more of them together. Alarm Clock Pro proves alarms are good for more than just waking you up.

Price: $19.95
Requires: Mac OS 10.4 or later
Developer: Koingosw Software

iRooster

iRooster

iRooster

iRooster is the most gentle of all the alarm clock applications, it has a volume fade-in system, which allows you to wake up slowly and peacefully. iRooster has Lullaby mode, where you can fall gently asleep while listening to your favorite music and an innovative snooze system which can be controlled via the Apple remote.

Price: $9.95
Requires: Mac OS 10.4 or later
Developer: Chimp Software

Alarm Clock 2

Alarm Clock 2

Alarm Clock 2

Alarm Clock 2 has many features in common with the other alarm clock applications such as a volume fade-in alarm, the ability to wake your Mac from sleep, built in Apple remote support, and the ability to wake up to songs from your iTunes library, but for free. Alarm Clock 2 is the perfect solution for someone who does not need a bunch of added features.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS 10.4 or later
Developer: Robbie Hanson

Red Alarm Clock

Red Alarm Clock

Red Alarm Clock

Red Alarm Clock is the perfect solution if you crave simplicity, it is easy to set up and install. Red Alarm Clock is a dashboard widget that offers a single alarm that wakes you up with tunes from your iTunes library.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS 10.4 or later
Developer: Boki Seles

Conclusion

As you can see, there are numerous alarm clock applications available for your Mac. The applications range from a super simple dashboard widget to a fully featured desktop application. You just need to determine what features are most beneficial to you.

If any of you use a different application, please do let us know so we can give it a try!