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Pause and rewind live audio

Turn back time? Yes! Intermission lets you pause and rewind live audio on your computer. Streaming audio will never be the same!

With Intermission, you can jump back and replay something you missed, then resume live playback. Use it to pause any audio while you take a call, answer the door, or use the restroom. You can even pause streaming audio on services like Pandora, iTunes Radio, or Spotify to build a buffer, then skip right past the ads and songs you don't want to hear!

Intermission 1.1.3
Released June 15, 2015
For Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
Read the release notes

Free Download


Before purchase, noise is overlaid after ten minutes of buffered playback.
Purchase a license key at the special introductory price of just $19.


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Newest Features

  1. Big Improvements Intermission now works better with higher-end mixers & multi-channel audio devices, in addition to adding no latency in live playback.
  2. Energy Efficient Intermission has been heavily optimized to reduce energy usage. That's good for everyone except the power company.

Key Features

  1. Pause Icon Pause Live Audio Pause streaming content to take a quick break (or a long one).
  1. Jump Back Icon Jump Back Just miss something? Quickly jump back 10 seconds to hear it again.
  1. Hours Icon Three Hours of Buffering Create a buffer of content, then jump past songs, ads, or anything else you don't want to hear.

Designed for You

  1. Ready Icon Always at the Ready Intermission runs unobtrusively in the background, buffering hours of audio until you need it.
  2. Sound Effects icon Sound FX Pass Through Pausing new mail alerts and IM noises would be confusing, so sound effects always play live through your speakers.
    [Requires Mac OS X 10.8]
  1. Menu Bar Icon Fast Access Intermission lives in your menu bar, so you can pause and jump back with just two clicks.
  1. Cursor Icon Even Faster Access If even quick clicking in the menu bar isn't fast enough, Intermission also offers global keyboard shortcuts for its controls.

What Can Intermission Buffer?

  1. Apps icon Spotify, iTunes Radio, Pandora and More Great streaming audio services are even better with Intermission.
  2. SiriusXM icon SiriusXM If you stream audio from, you'll love using it with Intermission.
  3. Any Audio icon Any Audio! Whatever audio you're playing on your Mac, you can use Intermission to get full control.
  1. Sports icon Live Sports If you listen to sports online, you'll love the ability to pause and jump back.
  2. Teleconference icon Teleconferences Never miss a word on teleconferences - just rewind and hear it again.
  1. Talk Radio icon Talk Radio Talk radio listeners will love the ability to take a break, then pick right back up.
  2. LineIn icon Even Microphone Audio Pair it with our free LineIn to give real life a replay button, or record Skype conversations after the fact. Learn more here.

User Quotes

Reading about Intermission just blew my mind :-D I've wanted to control audio like that on my Mac forever. Awesome work.

—Tyler H.

This sounds awesome. No pun intended. I already use/love Audio Hijack and Airfoil often.

Matthew B.

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Goes Great With...

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Rewind audio with Intermission, then record it with Audio Hijack! Never miss a thing again.