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Aurora for Mac is an alarm clock system that allows you to set up numerous custom alarms, wake-up times, snooze options, and more from your Mac. Because it can manage the waking up and turning off of your computer to perform these functions, it is a viable alarm clock, and it goes a step further than your phone by integrating with your events and calendar so you can instantly see what's on tap for the day when you wake up.

Installation of Aurora is fairly straightforward and once you are done the interface clearly shows you what to do next and how to do it. You'll need to give the app permission to access various bits of information and to make changes to your computer, but once that's done it runs fairly smoothly. You can set alarms, choose playlists from your iTunes library, adjust the volume of that alarm, set a label, and choose to run a piece of software when the alarm goes off. It can be a useful tool for application management as well as waking up and there are tools for turning on and off the computer, waking it up at the appropriate time and more. Combined with Mac sleep control, playback control options, and a built-in iCloud calendar display, there are a number of useful tools for both waking and sleeping.

If you need a calendar/alarm app that will work equally well for managing your applications, startup time, and sleep time for the computer, then Aurora is a solid option. It is free to try and for those that use it frequently enough, well worth the paid upgrade to get more features.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Aurora for Mac 5.0.3.

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3 stars

"A disappointing release"

March 02, 2008  |  By paulmbullock_dotmac

2008-03-02 13:36:38  |  By paulmbullock_dotmac

 |  Version: Aurora 4.0.8


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I used to use Aurora as my default alarm clock, but everything I liked about it then is now missing.
I don't take my Mac to bed with me so it was great to be able set the alarm and for AirTunes to direct the music to the speakers by my bed. In this release you can no longer do that. All output comes out of the Mac no matter what set of external speakers I use. So it seems that Aurora is bypassing AirTunes.
The other backward step is that Aurora seems to no longer pick up the playlists on your iPod if it's connected to iTunes. I manually manage my music so invariably my most important music is on the iPod because I listen to that more than iTunes.

So now the search is on for some better software. Bad move on the part of the developers.

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4 stars

"Aurora is the best sleeper/alarm we've tried!!"

May 11, 2007  |  By leftblank-:o)

2007-05-11 07:57:32  |  By leftblank-:o)

 |  Version: Aurora 3.3.2 r586


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. . . it doesn't get used regularly, just for the occasional treat .... but it's never failed yet, and is great at playing iTunes while you fall asleep and then sending the Mac to sleep. So .. thanks, Jonas!

Re comments below:
â?¢ yes, there are lots of updates, so turning the autoupdate off and using versiontracker's RSS is the best option for keeping up to date ....
â?¢ err, yes, if Aurora's set to 'wake from sleep', then it pays to send your Mac to sleep! Otherwise, it'd be a bit like arranging to pick the children up from school in the afternoon, and forgetting to send them to school in the morning!

Which reminds me ... I have to go!

Short comment: Aurora is the best iTunes sleeper and alarm that I have ever tried.

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1 stars

"Not a Mission Critical Alarm"

March 04, 2007  |  By Solamnus

2007-03-04 02:14:01  |  By Solamnus

 |  Version: Aurora 3.2.3


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How many times does an alarm have to fail to ring before you throw it out?

Aurora is free - and that's nice. This app, however, sometimes decide to just not go off, thereby totally nullifying its purpose as an alarm. There are three main problems I have encountered:

Auto-update. Aurora wakes from sleep, finds that there is a new update, and instead of playing the music to wake me up AND posting the new update message, the new update message prevents the music from playing = late for work.

Wake from sleep... or not at all. If you set Aurora to wake from sleep, you had better actually put your computer to sleep. If you don't, Aurora won't run. No more overnight downloads.

Random errors. Sometimes I wake up naturally, an hour past the intended time, and find that Aurora just decided it couldn't play such and such a music file in iTunes.

The feature set looks great, the developer seems to be actively improving it due to the large number of updates (which prevented my music from playing... until I turned off autoupdate) but this app fails in the most fundamental area -- wake me up. If these error were fixed, I'd be interested again.

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4 stars

"Now plays correct channel in EyeTV"

December 16, 2006  |  By TonyBurch

2006-12-16 06:43:28  |  By TonyBurch

 |  Version: Aurora 3.1.5


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Excellent! Bug now fixed so correct channel is played in Eye TV.
This app is just what I've been looking for.

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5 stars

"Great app..."

December 11, 2006  |  By Dietrickm2003

2006-12-11 09:50:07  |  By Dietrickm2003

 |  Version: Aurora 3.1


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Works just perfect for me too..... The ability to start up your computer is great! Easy to use too

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5 stars


September 28, 2006  |  By dstaudigel

2006-09-28 19:55:51  |  By dstaudigel

 |  Version: Aurora 2.3.2


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Works perfectly, basically the best freeware app that I've run across recently.

Thanks so much, just what I was looking for.

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4 stars

"Brilliant! Thankyou ..."

June 28, 2006  |  By leftblank-:o)

2006-06-28 02:29:23  |  By leftblank-:o)

 |  Version: Aurora 2.3


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... for this cool little program, adding simple sleep and wake-up functions to iTunes (that should be part of the program, dear Apple!). I've tried most of the other iTunes alarms, and imho none of them works as easily as this - some are good alarms, a few are good sleepers, none has both functions as well-sorted as Aurora. Well worth a little donation, I think ...

I'd love the interface to be a little smoothed out - sleep and alarm functions in one window would help me ....

Developer seems very responsive to problems, new fixes out quickly ... it's worked on iMac G4, Powerbook G4, eMac, iMac G5, it seems happy with 10.4.7.

NOTE: reviews below relate to older versions ... give 2.3.1 a try!

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4 stars

"Aurora v1.5 seems great to me"

May 02, 2006  |  By lwit--2008

2006-05-02 17:06:18  |  By lwit--2008

 |  Version: Aurora 1.5


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I've been using this other alarm program that is a pain in the ass. this one is sooo simple and so user friendly. I tried setting an alarm and then sleeping my computer and it woke it up and started playing music exactly as i told it to. I think it's my new fav program.

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3 stars

"another poor itunes alarm"

April 19, 2006  |  By dReese78

2006-04-19 11:17:07  |  By dReese78

 |  Version: Aurora 1.4.2


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This app looks pretty cool, and it's free which makes it tempting. But it's the same as all the other "script kiddie" clocks out there: it uses applescript to tell iTunes to play at the right time. Using these kinds of apps for the past several months has taught me one thing: this is a BAD idea. Here are some of the problems I've had
1. Updated iTunes, so alarm didn't go off because it launched iTunes, and iTunes wanted me to accept the license agreement again.
2. iTunes was set to play to airport express speakers, but the speakers weren't available. Didn't wake up again!
3. There was a radio station in my playlist, but it stalled during play, so iTunes stopped.
4. The app was set for a playlist, but that playlist was empty because I was redoing it. iTunes didn't even play anything!

I tested Aurora, and it failed in all the above problems. (except the license agreement thing, which I couldn't test) Also, the first night I tried it, I wanted to wake up to a particular song, so I made a playlist with just that song. It didn't wake me up this morning because the playlist finished before my volume had scaled enough to wake me and iTunes wasn't set to repeat the playlist! Plus, I have an apple remote, and if I hit pause the alarm app doesn't know iTunes stopped.

If you want a dependable alarm clock application, look for one that DOESN'T play through iTunes. I use alarm clock 2 ( ) which passes all my tests, and hasn't let me down since I got it 3 weeks ago. Plus I can hit snooze with my remote from bed!

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.0.3
  • Fixed a problem with the sleep timers
  • Fixed the iCloud Reminders
Publisher One Periodic
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Release Date November 20, 2013
Date Added November 20, 2013
Version 5.0.3
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
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Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.85MB
File Name Aurora
Total Downloads 2,277
Downloads Last Week 2
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $15

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