No good Music Player under Mac OS X?

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  1. ionas macrumors regular

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    I need a "GOOD" music player for Mac OS X.
    No iTunes is no "GOOD" music player - iTunes is yet another player that can only handle a few file formats/codecs and cause of that is utterly bull.

    These Formats would be welcome:
    * MPEG-4 AAC
    * MP3
    * MP2
    * Musepack
    * Ogg Vorbis
    * WAV
    * FLAC
    * Monkey's Audio
    * LPAC
    * WMA
    * AC3

    I wish the foobar2000 sdk would be platform independent. :-|
    Just look at it - it is supporting dozens of formats and codecs.

    http://foobar2000.org/download.html#special

    anyone got suggestions which music player can offer what I need?
     
  2. federalists macrumors member

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  3. jxyama macrumors 68040

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    man, talk about a trollish title... :D

    won't VLC play most any sound files? not sure about WMA, but that's about it, i think...

    here: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/features.html

    audio codecs supported: mpeg 1 and 2, mp3, ac3, dts, lpcm, aac, vorbis, wma 1/2, adpcm, dv audio, flac, qdm2/qdmc, mace, speex.

    i've never heard of half of those codecs, but i'm sure this is a pretty good start for you.
     
  4. dragula53 macrumors regular

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    umm

    you could use windows media player?

    or Roxio's Jam?

    and I think there is a mac version of winamp called macamp, as well.
     
  5. DGFan macrumors 6502a

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    LOL

    What is utterly bull is someone who can't make up their mind what format they want their music in
    :rolleyes:
     
  6. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

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    Well Put.
     
  7. Flowbee macrumors 68030

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    There's only one reason for wanting to play all of those formats: Geek bragging rights.
     
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  9. wowser macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, i hear there is one called 'The Moon on a Stick Player' :p
     
  10. 7on macrumors 601

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    Meh, use Quicktime Player as a player and iTunes as an organizer. I don't have anything set to play in iTunes because of the "copy to library" property it has. Must be the reason it's called Quicktime PLAYER instead of just Quicktime. And all Quicktime needs are codecs put in the ~/Library/Quicktime folder. WMA won't play in anything but WMP. Which is why iTunes has a built in ability to convert wma into your default import setting.
     
  11. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

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    I'm pretty sure you can disable that function.

    "Preferences" > "Advanced" > Uncheck "Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to Library"
     
  12. legion macrumors 6502a

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    You can turn the copy to library function off in iTunes. Also, iTunes just uses the Quicktime player as the engine... so in essence you are just recommending iTunes again. The other thing about QT is that is doesn't support that many formats (the codecs don't exist in qt format)
     
  13. 7on macrumors 601

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    Still adds them to the library XML file.

    Ugh... no I'm not. True they're the same engine, but it's a different program. It's like saying Mail and Safari are the same because they both use the same HTML rendering. QT supports just as many codecs as any other player. You just got to find them.
     
  14. Savage Henry macrumors 65816

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    That took me back ... (assuming I read the 'Lee and Herring' reference correctly!)

    Even if there was such an all-format encompassing player, I very much doubt the quality will be of any resonable standard.
     
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  16. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Where would somebody find music in all of these obscure formats?? And are there any advantages to having them in those formats over a more standard format?
     
  17. stevietheb macrumors 6502a

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    AAC, AIFF, SHN, FLAC -- what more do you need?

    Of course, I'm an anal neat-freak and all of these file types are used for very specific functions. Any files I receive that are not of these types get converted to these types.

    For my part, I'm an iTunes fan. Is there any reason, aside from issues with audio format, that people don't care for iTunes?

    I've never really used Quicktime for anything other than watching movies one at a time. Is there some way to do an audio playlist with QT player?
     
  18. ionas thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for your answers

    I guess i will be using xmms, MPlayer for Mac OS X and Video Lan Client.
    iTunes is rubbish, sorry guys :)
    Audium is shareware - hum - well if it was superb like foobar2000 - then maybe - but it is not.
     
  19. ionas thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah - i am kind a geeky

    yeah - i am kind a geeky
    any problems with that?

    since mac os x "real professionals" (=geeks) are switching as wel ;p
     
  20. wowser macrumors 6502a

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    Wow! I knew only a Mac user could appreciate the genius of this show! "I am the Lord of the Dance Setee!"
     
  21. solvs macrumors 603

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    Well, it may not suit your needs, but I wouldn't call it rubbish. WMP as my player and iTunes as my Jukebox on my PC. QT and iTunes on the Mac. Works great for me.

    Plugins are good, but I second VLC (or Mplayer).
     
  22. iindigo macrumors 6502a

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    Just because iTunes handle every little obscure file format out there doesn't mean it's a bad player. :rolleyes: Expecting it to play that many formats is about kin to expecting it to play vinyl and reel-to-reels.

    And I agree with everyone else - Why on earth do you need that many formats? 320k AACs or Apple Lossless should be fine, as they sound almost exactly like the CD. If you're really THAT concerned about quality and have the HD space I'd recommend you just transfer to AIFFs and get it over with...
     
  23. LeeTom macrumors 68000

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    Audion may be shareware, but it is good.

    iTunes is great for those of us that collect albums as opposed to songs. I've got over 400 albums from my personal collection all in there and on my ipod. pretty slick for me.

    Lee Tom
     
  24. DGFan macrumors 6502a

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    I think it's pretty immature to declare something "rubbish" just because it lacks a feature you want. That would be like calling you a "loser" because you're not 6'2".
     
  25. wowser macrumors 6502a

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    The only other file i would like iTunes to play would be .shn files. I mean, what the hell is 'Monkey's Audio'?
     

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