Press Release: Danger Cove today released Denied for Mac

September 2014

The Hague, The Netherlands — September 18th 2014 — Danger Cove today released Denied for Mac®. Denied sees what’s playing in the Spotify® desktop app and automatically skips any song that matches customizable rules.

Tracks can be skipped by their artist, title or album, allowing one to enjoy Top 40 playlists, the Christmas season and Spotify® Radio without being confronted with undesirable music.

The flexible rules can also be used to skip over certain types of tracks, such as skits or bonus content on albums. Setting up rules creatively can really improve preprogrammed listening experiences like Spotify® Radio, albums and public playlists.

Denied Features

  • Skip by artist, title or album.
  • Specify match criteria: starts with, ends with, contains or equals to.
  • Optionally show notifications when a song is skipped.
  • Keep track of how often a rule is used.
  • Quickly suppress rules or temporarily stop skipping entirely.

Pricing and Availability

Denied is available on the Mac App Store for just $6.99 / £4.99 / €5,99. Denied is designed for Mac OS X and requires OS X 10.9 or newer.

App Store Link:

A free trial version — limited to three rules — is available from the website.



  • The Spotify desktop app. Support for more music apps and services is planned.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 or newer.
  • A distaste for certain bands, songs or albums.

Additional Information

A limited number of Promotional Codes are available to members of the media. Journalists interested in receiving one should contact Boy van Amstel -

Screenshots, icons and other related media are available for download from here: (Dropbox folder).

About Danger Cove

Danger Cove makes apps that aim to improve productivity, make awesome technology accessible and bring endless joy to everyone who uses them.

Danger Cove has been around since October of 2011 and currently resides in the wonderful city of The Hague in The Netherlands, in an office formerly occupied by a soap vendor. The studio is known to contain Space Invaders and smell very nice.

Danger Cove is run by Boy van Amstel. He posts on Twitter as @boyvanamstel.

Boy van Amstel, Founder
Danger Cove

Twitter: @dangercove

Denied, skip terrible music

September 2014

The wait is over! No longer do you need to listen to artists you can’t stand on Spotify. And even better: you can automatically skip those annoying skits and bonus tracks on otherwise great albums.

Denied for Mac is now available!

Get your copy through the website or the Mac App Store and enjoy Top 40 playlists, the Christmas season and Spotify radio without the songs that you dislike.

Enjoy and let me know what you think on Twitter: @deniedapp.

Denied rules overview

Reign in your Bonjour bookmarks

August 2014

A new version of Reign just came out. Yes, really. And it even has a few cool new features (not a new theme though, sorry). I want talk one of them here: having Reign show up in Safari’s Bonjour Bookmarks or Favorites.

/Reign servers on the network automatically show up!

There’s a magic menu in Safari, disabled per default, that will automatically show websites that announce themselves over [Bonjour]( Bonjour is basically “a group of technologies that includes service discovery, address assignment, and hostname resolution”. In short: it will let your Reign server show up in anyone’s Safari, without needing to install Reign! Here’s how to set it up.

Open Safari's preferences

First open Safari’s preferences.

Click Advanced and then enable Bonjour Favorites

Click Advanced and then enable Bonjour Favorites.

Enable the Favorites bar

Enable the Favorites bar.

Reign servers on the network automatically show up!

Use Shazam's Mac app through Porthole to match songs without recording every sound in the room

July 2014

Shazam, the amazing music recognizing service, released a Mac app today. It listens for audio around your Mac and tries to match it to music and tv series. Pretty awesome!

I don’t particularly like the idea of having an app listening to every sound in my office/home though. So I did some testing and it seems it selects the default audio device for recording. Normally this is your microphone, which obviously picks up any sound in the room.

Shazam for Mac

If you’re streaming to AirPlay speakers with Porthole however, the default recording device is Soundflower. Soundflower only records all the audio that would normally come out of your Mac’s speakers. This feels a lot more private and comfortable to me.

Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Download Shazam;
  2. Quit Shazam if it’s already running (important, don’t skip this!);
  3. Download Porthole;
  4. Start streaming with Porthole;
  5. Launch Shazam.

If you stop streaming, Shazam will still be listening to Soundflower’s output, which outputs nothing. As an added bonus, because the sound comes in crystal clear, Shazam might be able to match it a little faster ;).

Do note that Shazam might change this behavior in the future and force it to use the microphone, but for now this seems to be a more private way to use Shazam on your Mac. Also remember that if you restart Shazam (or run it at login) it will default to using the microphone.

Porthole is now scriptable

June 2014

Porthole version 1.7.0 came out two days ago. It introduces scripting, a feature that’s been requested more than once.

Being able to use AppleScript to control Porthole means that you can automate and toggle certain functions of Porthole without going through the interface. Which is pretty awesome!

Script Porthole using AppleScript

Update to the latest version from within the app, or download a fresh copy from the website. Then read the tutorial on scripting to get started.