What you need to know
- Popular iPhone and iPad music player Doppler now has a Mac app.
- Music fans can listen to local FLAC and MP3 files — and more!
- Files can be transferred between devices over cable and Wi-Fi.
As Apple continues to focus on Apple Music it's fair to say that some fans of listening to locally-saved files are feeling left out. Doppler has long been a great app for listening to music files on iPhone and iPad — and now there's a Mac app, too.
Created as a native app — there is no Catalyst here — Doppler for Mac looks like it belongs on Apple's computers. That isn't something that can always be said about iPhone apps that make the switch to the Mac, of course, but Doppler feels right at home. As you'd expect, the Mac version of the app boasts many of the same features that the iPhone app was so popular for and users can move files between devices via either a cable or Wi-Fi connection. You'll always have your files with you!
In terms of which files will work with Doppler, I'm told that MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, and more are supported and adding music to Doppler is a simple drag-and-drop affair. Merging discs into single albums, searching for artwork, and full library search are all features that are included, too. Support for full library syncing is also in the works for an update that should arrive before the end of the year, too.
Whether you're listening on high-end headphones or the EarPods that came with your iPhone, there's a definite case to be made for using local files instead of streaming. Want to get the most out of those files? Check out our list of the best AirPods Max deals and treat yourself!
If you'd rather buy and own your music than stream it, Doppler is a great option for you. It's available for free for seven days with a one-time $25 purchase required after that. You can learn more about this update, and where Doppler is going next, over on the announcement blog post, too.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.