What did Macs use before iTunes?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by jive, May 13, 2006.

  1. jive macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2006

    I've never thought about it before and iTunes is still new (compared to WMP)...
  2. .Andy macrumors 68030


    Jul 18, 2004
    The Mergui Archipelago
    Well Soundjam MP for starters. It's what Apple bought and morphed into the iTunes we know and love today. I'm sure there were other programs that the more veteran mac users here will be able to fill you in on :).
  3. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    There were lots of Mac MP3 players before iTunes. There were AudioCatalyst, Audion, QuickTime Player, Soundjam (which became iTunes), MacAMP/MACAST, Winamp (briefly), more.

    There was one, I can't remember the name, that I used to use because it used less CPU than the others. It was a drag and drop deal with just a plain white window and simple menus -- probably came from Info-Mac. [edit: Oh yeah, it was called SoundApp! ]
  4. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    There was Audion from Panic. You can read up on it's history (and find out a little about life pre-iTunes) here.
  5. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    There was also the Apple CD player, that's all it did mind.

    Very useful bit of software too, tiny RAM footprint, quick and with all the features you need. I'd still like to see something like that in OSX.
  6. Xeem macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2005
    I used CDs until iTunes came out. iTunes really isn't that new (it was in OS 9); I think I've been using it for like 6 years now.
  7. Lixivial macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2005
    Between cats, dogs and wanderlust.
    Yeah, I used MacAMP for the longest time before and after iTunes, in both its Classic flavor and OS X flavor. It was consistent with WinAmp (and I prefer consistency whenever I can get it) and it ran a lot better in OS X than iTunes did on 10.1 and 10.2.

    iMeowbot covered the good and memorable ones. There's also an MP3 player for 68k, but I don't believe it predated iTunes, called MpegDec. It's useful if you still have a 68k-based Mac lying around.

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