There are lots of alarm clock apps out there, but I wrote My Music Alarm to solve a few specific problems that other apps didn't solve:
- Wake to your music: I wanted to wake up to a song selected from my iPod.
Other apps can only play from a playlist, or can only
play a selected song as a paid upgrade. This app doesn't
have built-in alarm sounds or playlist access, but it
lets you quickly select any song from your iPod, and
then plays that song in a loop until you wake up. (Update: This functionality is included in the built-in Clock app in iOS 6 and later.)
- Snooze/off control: I needed more distinction between the Snooze and
Stop buttons when the alarm goes off. Most apps display
two big buttons on the screen, so it's easy to turn the
alarm off before you're really awake. This app makes
the whole screen a Snooze button (easy to press) and
makes the Stop button a two-step process (hard to press
- Progressive volume: The volume of the songs on my iPod varies, and the
background noise around my house also varies, so other
alarms sometimes don't play loudly enough to wake me
up. This app includes a volume test button right on the
main screen, to compensate for different song volumes, and an option to
increase the alarm volume every minute, in case the background
noise in the house is louder when I wake up than it is
when I go to bed.
I also added a few features for convenience:
- Fast time entry: You can enter your alarm time by typing in a number,
which is usually faster than the scrolling wheel that
other alarm clocks use.
- Short snooze: When your alarm is playing, you can tap the screen for
a normal 9-minute snooze, or double-tap it for a 3-minute
"short snooze" -- perfect for those mornings when you
need to get every bit of sleep you can!
- 24-hour time: If your device is set to use 24-hour time, this app will
automatically operate in 24-hour mode as well.
However, I also tried to keep the app simple, without a
lot of extra features that make it difficult to navigate.
So, please send any feedback using the link above, but keep
in mind that the app will probably remain focused on the
main features listed above.
Please read before using
- My Music Alarm will only go off if it's the frontmost app on your device.
Switching to another app makes it inactive -- this is determined by the operating system and is beyond my control. You can leave
your device running (if it's plugged into a power source),
manually lock your device, or let it auto-lock and it
will still go off, as long as you left My Music Alarm
- If you leave your device running, you'll see the snooze and stop controls when the alarm goes off. If you lock your device or let it auto-lock, you'll hear the alarm, but you'll have to unlock your device before you see the snooze and stop controls. Once the alarm has gone off, your device won't auto-lock while it is snoozing.
- If it's not plugged into a power source, My Music Alarm might use up
to half of your battery's charge during a full night's sleep. Please be
sure you have enough power in your battery if you are not able to plug