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Over our more than two decades in business, we’ve sometimes chosen to retire less popular products. Learn even more with our full article about retired apps. Below, you can see screenshots of several different apps which are no longer in development. Of course, to se
Visit Rogue Amoeba’s Historic Screenshot Archive to see many more images of our apps over time.
Detour, first unveiled on July 3, 2003, was our initial attempt at an audio control utility. While a useful tool for adjusting per-app volume and output devices, there were an assortment of hardware-related issues outside our control, and selling a third-party System Preference was also difficult. Detour had a short lifespan, and was retired in late 2005.
Today, the functionality Detour provided (and much more) can be found in SoundSource.
Intermission was built as a DVR for audio on the Mac. It ran at all times, keeping a recording of audio which enabled rewinding. Though a fascinating concept, it did not prove to be a financial success.
Today, some of the functionality Intermission provided can be found in the “Time Shift” block in Audio Hijack.
LineIn was a very simply freebie, built to replicate a feature from Mac OS 9 that was lost in the move to OS X: the ability to play microphone audio through to the Mac’s speakers. From its 1.0 release, LineIn was used by Audio Hijack to record from input devices. Eventually, that functionality was built right in to Audio Hijack, but the play-thru functionality proved helpful for other assorted uses as well.
MakeiPhoneRingtone’s name pretty much says it all. It was a tool to take brief audio clips and turn them into ringtones (and text tones) for the iPhone. This functionality was eventually merged into our audio editor Fission.
MemoryCell was a simple MenuExtra for OS X that shows memory being used by open applications, right in the menu bar. In the early days of OS X, this was, unfortunately, very useful.
For nearly 15 years, Nicecast made it possible Mac users to create internet radio stations with a minimum of setup. Changes in the marketplace eventually led us to retire Nicecast, but the ability to broadcast an MP3 (or AAC!) stream lives on in Audio Hijack, via the “Broadcast” block.
PongSaver is a Mac screensaver which plays a game of Pong against itself. It doubles as a clock, by using the score display to show the current time. It’s no longer distributed by Rogue Amoeba, but its original developer (and former Rogue Amoeba employee) Mike Ash does maintain it.
To this day, Pulsar remains the very best way ever created to listen to SiriusXM content on the Mac. Unfortunately, a lack of an official API from SiriusXM meant Pulsar was built on a series of clever hacks. Ultimately, it became clear that this was not viable for the long-term.
Radioshift was an audio recording tool aimed at a major pre-podcast use case: recording streamed internet radio, for later listening. It included a powerful guide licensed from a company called RadioTime (now TuneIn), which listed tens of thousands of internet radio streams available for listening. Issues with streaming protocols (Windows Media Audio and RealPlayer streams) as well as difficulty with the radio guide led to Radioshift’s retirement at the end of 2011. Because the radio guide is no longer functional, the images below don’t do the app proper justice.