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May 3, 2013, 01:33 PM
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The Vox Music Player was originally created as a universal media player in 2007. Its simple design and its support for a wide range of file types led to a surge in popularity, but development stalled and it largely fell out of the public eye. Coppertino (http://coppertino.com/), an independent development studio that focuses on Mac and iOS software, has since adopted and redesigned the media player.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/05/voxplayer.jpg
Vox 1.0 retains the minimalistic design of the original software, but comes equipped with a number of upgrades. It supports a wide variety of audio formats like MP3, FLAC, AAC, Musepack, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, and more, plus it integrates easily with iTunes.

The app supports a number of music sources including network drives, external hard drives, and VPN-connected storages and its built-in equalizer comes equipped with presets and adjustments to improve the listening experience.
- VOX 1.0 supports literally any source your Mac can access. Add music from external HDDs, network drives and VPN-connected storages.
- Supports multiple output devices using AirPort.
- Built-in equalizer with a variety of presets and adjustments.
- Transforms ordinary stereo source into 7.1 or 5.1 channel output.
- Bauer Stereo feature provides more realistic sound when listening to stereo music through headphones.
- Your music automatically pauses when your headphones are disconnected.
- Handy controls available from OS X main menu and VOX Dock icon.
- Full OS X gesture support including altering playlist height, switching music sources or adjusting volume.Vox 1.0 will enter open beta next week, but MacRumors readers can sign up to download the beta version of the app immediately from the*Coppertino website (http://www.coppertino.com/vox/).

Article Link: Redesigned Vox Music Player 1.0 Offers Minimalistic Interface and Support for Multiple File Types (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/05/03/redesigned-vox-music-player-1-0-offers-minimalistic-interface-and-support-for-multiple-file-types/)



Morod
May 3, 2013, 01:37 PM
I've never used this app, but it looks like it's worth giving a try. I'm glad it's being supported again.

Killa Aaron
May 3, 2013, 01:39 PM
I like their snazzy teaser video, gonna try this out.

Feed Me
May 3, 2013, 01:59 PM
Wow, very smooth and pretty on my rMBP. I've been getting really damn sick of iTunes lagging all over the place with my big library. Liking it.

Ice-Cube
May 3, 2013, 02:02 PM
I've always enjoyed using Vox to do a quick preview of songs I download. Love the update so far.

larrylaffer
May 3, 2013, 02:11 PM
Here's a direct link to the download in case you don't want to sit through their silly intro video: Vox (http://dl.devmate.com/com.coppertino.Vox/beta/Vox.dmg)

Morod
May 3, 2013, 02:28 PM
Here's a direct link to the download in case you don't want to sit through their silly intro video: Vox (http://dl.devmate.com/com.coppertino.Vox/beta/Vox.dmg)

Tanx!

CodeBreaker
May 3, 2013, 02:39 PM
This is one of best designed Mac apps I have seen in a while.

If I remember correctly, the old Vox supported Audio Unit plugins. This seems to be gone in this version. Also, it can only show tracks grouped by Albums.

But still beats iTunes.

Jessica Lares
May 3, 2013, 02:49 PM
I love Vox. Am really pleased to see the redesign. It's beautiful. I really hope they do an iOS version soon.

Che Castro
May 3, 2013, 03:03 PM
Is there an option to show the bitrate of a song in this new vox version ? Kbps


In the old app which still works in mountain lion , there is an option to show the quality of a song 320kbps or whatever it is


Here's a link to the old vox I'm using now

http://downloads.patjack.co.uk/dl/Vox.dmg

Jessica Lares
May 3, 2013, 03:24 PM
Is there an option to show the bitrate of a song in this new vox version ? Kbps


In the old app which still works in mountain lion , there is an option to show the quality of a song 320kbps or whatever it is


Here's a link to the old vox I'm using now

http://downloads.patjack.co.uk/dl/Vox.dmg

Yeah, it shows up next to the MP3 | HQ info:

http://f.cl.ly/items/1D34003n1U0F1s2e0m1G/kbps.tiff

vividmethod
May 3, 2013, 03:36 PM
The whole reason for using this app is to avoid the dreaded memory hog that is known as iTunes. That said, OS 10.7 and 10.8 are guilty of being memory hogs as well.

That said, they REALLY need to make this 10.6.8 compatible!

Fantastic app, love the fact that they kept the option to load all music in a folder automatically. I'm still using version 0.2.8, and with that said, they need to add a few things;

- make it snap to corners of the desktop to move it to the very edge of a screen (just like Adium)
- Make it Snow Leopard Compatible!

benpatient
May 3, 2013, 03:44 PM
I have some 5.1 encoded audio files that quit working in 10.8 on iTunes (DTS encoded lossless files).

My 4-channel FLAC files, which I can output properly via optical out on Windows just say "FLAC-HD" in this new Vox player, and don't come across as surround files on my receiver.

Where can we set up the mentioned surround sound settings?

marioman38
May 3, 2013, 03:44 PM
Been using VOX for years. I love how I just click a .FLAC in a folder and it loads them all up and plays the album! :)

larrylaffer
May 3, 2013, 03:55 PM
It's a neat application, but it has some silly problems.

For one, the scrolling sucks. If you're using a magic mouse it slows down way too fast when you lift.

Also, they're including "The" when they sort. That's mildly annoying since I'm used to iTunes not doing that (plus its better this way).

Fatboy71
May 3, 2013, 04:00 PM
I've used the Vox player for a few months since moving to Mac. I had Vox recommended to me by someone on another forum and I think its a great music player. Its simple, but plays a lot of different formats. Its the only music player I use.

I look forward to seeing the redesigned player. :D

uncle.zed
May 3, 2013, 04:03 PM
The whole reason for using this app is to avoid the dreaded memory hog that is known as iTunes. That said, OS 10.7 and 10.8 are guilty of being memory hogs as well.

That said, they REALLY need to make this 10.6.8 compatible!

Fantastic app, love the fact that they kept the option to load all music in a folder automatically. I'm still using version 0.2.8, and with that said, they need to add a few things;

- EQ settings are missing
- make it snap to corners of the desktop to move it to the very edge of a screen (just like Adium)
- Make it Snow Leopard Compatible!

There is a EQ when You click on volume button!

Morod
May 3, 2013, 04:40 PM
The whole reason for using this app is to avoid the dreaded memory hog that is known as iTunes. That said, OS 10.7 and 10.8 are guilty of being memory hogs as well.

That said, they REALLY need to make this 10.6.8 compatible!

Fantastic app, love the fact that they kept the option to load all music in a folder automatically. I'm still using version 0.2.8, and with that said, they need to add a few things;

- make it snap to corners of the desktop to move it to the very edge of a screen (just like Adium)
- Make it Snow Leopard Compatible!

Exactly!
I downloaded the app before I found out it doesn't work on SL.

parish
May 3, 2013, 05:15 PM
It seems to be limited to 2 different outputs (plus System Default).

I have an Apple TV and also run Air Server on my MBP. Only System Default, Air Server, and Built-in Output appear in the list in Preferences and Air Server and Built-in when I click the volume button.

If I quit Air Server then my Apple TV appears in its place.

Jeaz
May 3, 2013, 06:55 PM
Really like the concept and the visuals, but maybe I'm doing something wrong, but making playlists from within the app is a bit of a pain.

I can right click a song and add to playlist easy enough, but if you use the search feature to find a song in the iTunes library, I can't right click it. And double clicking actually opens the file, and starts to play it.

HDtrober
May 3, 2013, 10:05 PM
fantastic player

tkermit
May 4, 2013, 01:44 AM
http://f.cl.ly/items/1D34003n1U0F1s2e0m1G/kbps.tiff

How come you have those full screen arrows in the top-right corner?
http://f.cl.ly/items/3Z2y0F2o0N253A3P1Z1M/vox.png

Marx55
May 4, 2013, 02:27 AM
Does it have Resume Playback? Such essential feature (mostly to hear long playlists from head to toe, resuming playback when the Mac is rebooted) was available in SoundJam MP back in 2000 from where iTunes was developed.

thewolfro
May 4, 2013, 04:48 AM
Interesting concept but i am still struggling to find the playlists i have created in itunes.

kristoffer4
May 4, 2013, 09:53 AM
I can't see or play my itunes playlists? :confused:

Also I miss navigating with just a letter press. So that pressing letter "R" brings me to artists with R.

bigalow
May 4, 2013, 10:39 AM
I've been using vox for several years and the only real complaint I have is the lack of ability to import your entire library. I know this is meant to be a lightweight app but why wouldn't they make the option to keep a organized library? If there was a library option this would be my full time music player.

Richdmoore
May 4, 2013, 12:22 PM
How come you have those full screen arrows in the top-right corner?


Standard full screen arrows in Mountain Lion.
http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11359?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

LonWar
May 4, 2013, 12:29 PM
Anyone know if this works with iTunes match?

Jessica Lares
May 4, 2013, 01:22 PM
How come you have those full screen arrows in the top-right corner?
Image (http://f.cl.ly/items/3Z2y0F2o0N253A3P1Z1M/vox.png)

I have a SIMBL plugin called Maximizer installed. It doesn't work for this app in particular, but it lets apps that don't have fullscreen support, but can resize, fill the whole screen.

RolyPolyBird
May 4, 2013, 05:17 PM
Its going to take a lot to get me to move from iTunes, I am just too invested with the organisation and setup.

I will def check it out and might run my flac library with it.

Mr. McMac
May 4, 2013, 05:58 PM
I like it a lot. Blows away crappy iTunes!

minhvn
May 5, 2013, 05:43 AM
Is there anyway to scrobble to Last.fm?

QuarterSwede
May 5, 2013, 10:17 AM
The whole reason for using this app is to avoid the dreaded memory hog that is known as iTunes. That said, OS 10.7 and 10.8 are guilty of being memory hogs as well.

That said, they REALLY need to make this 10.6.8 compatible!

Fantastic app, love the fact that they kept the option to load all music in a folder automatically. I'm still using version 0.2.8, and with that said, they need to add a few things;

- make it snap to corners of the desktop to move it to the very edge of a screen (just like Adium)
- Make it Snow Leopard Compatible!
Sorry to say this but 10.9 is going to be, at least, previewed at WWDC next month. It's really time to move on as more and more apps are going to drop Snow Leopard compatibility for API's that are only in more recent versions. Really sad too as Mission Control really sucks without the gestures of a trackpad.

It seems to be limited to 2 different outputs (plus System Default).

I have an Apple TV and also run Air Server on my MBP. Only System Default, Air Server, and Built-in Output appear in the list in Preferences and Air Server and Built-in when I click the volume button.

If I quit Air Server then my Apple TV appears in its place.
Not for me:

http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/8524/screenshot20130505at909.png

Does it have Resume Playback? Such essential feature (mostly to hear long playlists from head to toe, resuming playback when the Mac is rebooted) was available in SoundJam MP back in 2000 from where iTunes was developed.
It resumes to the beginning of the album not the place in the song you were playing. :(

I've been using vox for several years and the only real complaint I have is the lack of ability to import your entire library. I know this is meant to be a lightweight app but why wouldn't they make the option to keep a organized library? If there was a library option this would be my full time music player.
Unless I misunderstand you in v1 you can import your entire iTunes Library. It's actually separate from the Vox Playlist and you can switch between them.

Anyone know if this works with iTunes match?
Doesn't seem too.

Is there anyway to scrobble to Last.fm?
Nope.

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Now for my personal thoughts on Vox. It's extremely polished and, as someone said earlier, is one of the best designed apps I've seen in a while. It really feels like the next iteration of the iTunes miniplayer. The animations are smooth, it loaded my iTunes library very quickly (and started in the background) and the UI really makes sense. It's like the modern Winamp that should've been. It's light, quick, and sounds wonderful.

I really like that it has BS2B (Stereo to Binaural) so that stereo fatigue doesn't set in when using headphones. The effect is subtle but once you hear a demo (YouTube) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XWUVGQ2nBw) you'll be able to hear what it's actually doing. Basically, you can listen with earphones/headphones without your ears getting tired over long periods. You can enable it in Preferences > Audio.

Also, as someone else mentioned, it would be nice to be able to add a searched song into the playlist queue.

iTunes Match doesn't seem to be an option. That isn't a problem for me as I only use it on my iPhone but for those who listen at work that could be an issue.

Overall verdict, it's sticking around.

ps. I'd really like to see an iOS app now. ;)

rabidz7
May 5, 2013, 10:38 AM
I use Vox all the time, but I am very pissed at having no PPC support. Will this version have support?

ConCat
May 5, 2013, 01:04 PM
What's with the bootleg screenshots? Command+shift+4, space bar, click the window. Much nicer screenshots.

phoenixsan
May 5, 2013, 03:20 PM
great to have options to the iTunes offer/experience. Looks great also...

:):apple:

c-Row
May 5, 2013, 04:44 PM
I suppose .mod support is gone...?

wrldwzrd89
May 5, 2013, 05:10 PM
I suppose .mod support is gone...?
If you need a .mod player, PlayerPRO (http://sourceforge.net/projects/playerpro/) works great for this (yes, it's been revived as an open-source project).

c-Row
May 6, 2013, 01:22 AM
If you need a .mod player, PlayerPRO (http://sourceforge.net/projects/playerpro/) works great for this (yes, it's been revived as an open-source project).

Good to hear. Gotta check it out tonight. :) Those screenshots are a little bit outdated.

allan.nyholm
May 6, 2013, 04:25 AM
Great update to a good player. I wonder how much it's going to cost?

My one or three issues with this player in its beta form is that sometimes it doesn't take the next music track - having experienced this a couple of times.

The other is that when my AirPort Express is selected for audio out within Vox I can see that my system-wide audio is set to the same AirPort Express. Am I alone in seeing this? Or can someone verify it is happening for them too?

The last one is also with AirPort audio - It's very much delayed audio unlike the signal from iTunes. Could the Airfoil app(inactive/closed right now) be interfering?

I should probably just take this text to the programmers of Vox unless they happen to be watching this thread - would be awesome if they did.

RolyPolyBird
May 6, 2013, 10:29 AM
Recreated its own library from iTunes to the tune of 1 gig. (no pun intended)

I do have a large library but this is space I can't waste on my macbook until there are larger drive capacities.

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I can't see or play my itunes playlists? :confused:

Also I miss navigating with just a letter press. So that pressing letter "R" brings me to artists with R.

You need to navigate to the iTunes playlist drop down and then wait for it it import.

kristoffer4
May 7, 2013, 03:00 AM
Recreated its own library from iTunes to the tune of 1 gig. (no pun intended)

I do have a large library but this is space I can't waste on my macbook until there are larger drive capacities.

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You need to navigate to the iTunes playlist drop down and then wait for it it import.

I can only choose itunes and vox playlist. :confused:

RolyPolyBird
May 7, 2013, 10:45 AM
I can only choose itunes and vox playlist. :confused:

When you choose iTunes what happens for you? For me a circle appeared whilst it loaded my iTunes library.. this took a long time, I think more than an hour. Can you actually select iTunes from the drop down or is it greyed out or something? Also what version of iTunes do you have.

kristoffer4
May 7, 2013, 12:02 PM
Yes I also pressed on itunes and can play my entire itunes liberary but I have none of my playlists.
I have the newest version of itunes.

Ice-Cube
May 9, 2013, 09:02 AM
Would like the option of resizing the playlist to fit the song titles. Especially for classical tracks, the title is too long to see comfortably within that small window.

msephton
May 10, 2013, 10:32 AM
Surprised to see this updated! Nicely done.

I suppose .mod support is gone...?
It's still there: mod, xm, it, s3m (are the only ones I've tried)

Would like the option of resizing the playlist to fit the song titles. Especially for classical tracks, the title is too long to see comfortably within that small window.
Mouse over the currently playing track name.

Is there anyway to scrobble to Last.fm?
Actually, yes. Though I've yet to see it actually scrobble anything. :/

http://f.cl.ly/items/1W0C0H403p0N2h2e3N2G/Screen%20Shot%202013-05-10%20at%2016.24.35.png

I've been using vox for several years and the only real complaint I have is the lack of ability to import your entire library. I know this is meant to be a lightweight app but why wouldn't they make the option to keep a organized library? If there was a library option this would be my full time music player.
You can import your iTunes library, it takes a while to scan and generate it's own library. I'll edit this answer once mine has finished...

Fatboy71
May 10, 2013, 11:00 AM
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Mechinyun
May 10, 2013, 11:04 AM
Am I missing it or does it not support simple streaming MP3 from sites like shoutcast?

mag01
May 10, 2013, 11:22 AM
Am I missing it or does it not support simple streaming MP3 from sites like shoutcast?
It isn't there yet but I've got a message from them that they work on it.
There's actually a "hidden" way to switch it on even at current betas, but I'm better not going to post this method here. I've got bigger problem with performance of current betas so I don't use them much anyway. Waiting for some big performance improvements to come...

Ice-Cube
May 11, 2013, 12:14 PM
Mouse over the currently playing track name.


This only works for the now playing track. I'm talking about the playlist section.

curmudgeon32
May 11, 2013, 03:40 PM
I like it a lot. Blows away crappy iTunes!

Apples and oranges. iTunes does about 1 million things that an app like this doesn't even touch. Comparing this to iTunes is like comparing a Vespa to an RV.

It's a nice little music player, but has absolutely no other features.

msephton
May 13, 2013, 07:34 AM
It's a nice little music player, but has absolutely no other features.
I really like the BS2B feature.

Mr. McMac
May 13, 2013, 07:44 AM
Apples and oranges. iTunes does about 1 million things that an app like this doesn't even touch. Comparing this to iTunes is like comparing a Vespa to an RV.

It's a nice little music player, but has absolutely no other features.

What I like about it, it doesn't do a million things. It's a superior music player that does a ton of formats..

dastinger
May 25, 2013, 11:18 AM
I'm sorry if this is discussed elsewhere. I know this is a beta but I'm almost sure this didn't happen at first. I've been trying out this player since the beta started and I really like it. There's only one annoying issue... I've set it as the default player for my .mp3 but, when I double click a mp3, Vox opens, restarts and does not play the song. I always need to double click on the file again. Any idea why this happens? Is it only me?

Fatboy71
May 25, 2013, 03:23 PM
I'm sorry if this is discussed elsewhere. I know this is a beta but I'm almost sure this didn't happen at first. I've been trying out this player since the beta started and I really like it. There's only one annoying issue... I've set it as the default player for my .mp3 but, when I double click a mp3, Vox opens, restarts and does not play the song. I always need to double click on the file again. Any idea why this happens? Is it only me?

The same thing happened to me. Its still in beta so strange things like this can happen.

I've since went back to the old version until the new version is free from issues.