Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
For the past few iterations of OS X, Apple has included their own command line-based utility for playing audio files on the Mac. This program called "afplay" is a great way to preview audio files right from the Terminal without having to open another application on your Mac. And, because this tool uses Core Audio to play files, it can play MP3, AIFF, WAV, M4A, and other audio types (almost any audio that could be played from within QuickTime Player).
It's unlikely that the newly redesigned TuneWiki is going to replace your iOS music player or service of choice. There are any number of apps out there that are slicker and more innovative with better features and discovery tools. But if you need to know what Taylor Swift is really saying in the chorus of "Red," you'll at least want to give it a shot.
Once you’ve played out the instruments and effects built into Apple’s GarageBand software, you’re be delighted to know that you’ve got lots of other sonic options that can easily be added to your Mac, and many of them won’t even cost you a dime. Read on to find out what cool new sounds you can add to your band without breaking (or even entering) the bank.