If God had invented stereo music and headphones we would have exactly what we have now. Two channels of music, and a headphone with two cans to match up with our two ears. That’s the natural order of things.
If necessity is the mother of invention and laws can be broken then that’s the best explanation I have for the SplitTunes app on the Mac, a headphone utility which boldly goes where no cans have gone before.
Simply put, SplitTunes (rhymes with spittoon) lets you share earphones or earbuds with a friend; one of you can listen to one song in the left earbud, while the other can listen to a different song in the right earbud. That’s right. Two different songs playing at the same time, one in the left, and one in the right.
What could go wrong with that?
Social anxiety aside, SplitTunes has some merit, a few quirks, but shows some definite thought went into sharing an earbud or half of your headphones with someone else so they can listen to something you’d rather not hear at the moment.
SplitTunes works much like an iPod and you can import playlists as favorites. Even better, because two people can use SplitTunes at the same time, ostensibly listening to two different songs at the same time, the app has dual controls; one for one side, one for the other.
SplitTunes is kinda sorta mostly like having a dual interface in iTunes with similar controls, but one for the left side of the stereo channel, and one for the right side. Obviously, the music emanating from either earbud or headphone side is not in stereo, but SplitTunes fixes that by jamming both stereo channels into one channel.
That means you can share libraries from your Mac to a close friend and have them listen to a song on a different playlist than you’re listening to. Obviously, SplitTunes isn’t for everyone, but you can see the value if you’re on a train, bus, airplane, or stuck in a classroom where the instructor is full on blah, blah, blah.
Did I mention that SplitTunes is free?