Decent Alternative to Itunes.

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Jesuslizardjr., Jul 9, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2011
    I've been looking for an alternative to Itunes for some time now and have found nothing as to what i am looking for. I have always used Winamp and have recently purchased a Mac.

    Despite the interface issues i have with Itunes my main gripe with it is that in order to have a decent sized library of music, it requires that it copies it all across from whatever external device that is storing said music, rather than reading and just playing it from the external device, like Winamp or Windows Media Player.

    This is an issue when syncing music because all my music is stored on my external harddrive, on my windows PC, i simply drag files from the harddrive into the winamp library and it'll play them from the harddrive, when i add them to my itunes library, it copies them across, stores them in really awkward places with folders of folders and then changes loads of the file formats and wont read half of them.

    So, basically, im looking for a simple media player that can read from an external device much like winamp, anything out there?

  2. macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  3. macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America
    Spottily may meet your needs iTunes like feel but more features streaming etc.
  4. macrumors G4

    Oct 14, 2005
    FWIW, "Copy files to the iTunes Media folder when adding to library" is a preference you can turn off.

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  5. macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2005
    Itunes does not need to copy your files to play them. un tick that preference and it will not copy the file but play it from where ever it is.
    obviously if you move it, itunes won't know where it is.

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