My phone is acting up and I don't think I can rely on it to wake me up.

It's important that I wake up on time, and I'm looking for a Mac program that I can rely upon, even when the computer is asleep, unplugged, or with system volume levels uncertain.

I downloaded "Wake Up Time - Alarm Clock" (the first Google result for "alarm clock Mac"), but the UI and documentation are ambiguous. I couldn't even figure out how to set the alarm within 1 minute, much less have confidence that it would work.

I next downloaded "Alarm Clock", which was recommended in a 2012 Meta Filter thread. The app is no longer updated (it seems to have been last modified in 2007), but it reportedly "continues to work with OS X 10.9X." UI is clean (clear prompt to go into preferences if I want it to wake computer from sleep). And easy access to use mp3s avail in iTunes. I'm giving it a try. Fingers crossed.

Anybody have confidence in any other programs?

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"Alarm Clock" by Robbie Hanson has worked flawlessly for me over the past several weeks.

My favorite features:

  • Easily select iTunes songs as alarm sound.
  • Clear guidance on alarm functionality when computer is asleep.

This simple Mac alarm clock does everything I need.

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