Alternative to i-Tunes?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MartinD28, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. MartinD28 macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2008
    I have just tranferred from windows to Mac 10.4.11 and would like to keep using MP3 files as i-Tunes and AAC files are not compatible with other software I use (ProTools). I have no problem syncing my MP3 player with MP3 files already in the music folder, the problem is with the actual software. I have Windows Media Player, Flip4Mac AND Real Player but neither of them read the CD. The only I can do it is by opening a file under the file menu. That doesn't allow me to play the CD though, just play a chosen song within the CD. There also seems to be no way to rip a CD either. I have the same problem with XNJB player as well. Am I doing something wrong or am I absolutely locked into i-Tunes? :confused:
  2. Nugget macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2002
    Houston Texas USA
    Wow. I'd really love to help but I have absolutely no idea what you're trying to say.
  3. Dimwhit macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
    iTunes handles MP3 files just fine. You can even rip CDs with iTunes into MP3 files. You're not locked into using AAC.
  4. WildPalms macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2006
    Honolulu, HI
    What the? iTunes can play MP3 files. What am I missing in your post?

    I'm sure there is an alternative, there's iTunes or not. Life or death.
  5. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    By default, iTunes imports CDs as AAC files. You can switch to MP3:

    Go to the iTunes application menu-->Preferences-->Advanced-->Importing-->Import Using (switch to MP3)

    I'm not sure if I understand the rest of your question.
  6. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
  7. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    If you put a CD in your Mac, it should show up in iTunes. Then you can convert into MP3.

    You could use Max if you don't like iTunes.
  8. MartinD28 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2008
    I may be able to rip to MP3 instead of AAC with i-tunes but I won't be able to sync it up with my Creative MP3 player will I?
  9. Dimwhit macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
    No. Not with iTunes. I honestly don't know what program will work for that.
  10. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    Cog is another player.

    EDIT: You can use XNJB to sync with your Creative (or another make) MP3 player.
  11. Tarkovsky macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2007
    Songbird and play. Use max to rip CDs. You're quite confused aren't you?
  12. MartinD28 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2008
    You hit the nail on the head Tarkovski - i am totally baffled. All I want to do is use my Creative MP3 player with my sound files like I used to use with windows. I googled Max but had a million google results - is there a web address?
  13. Dave Frank macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2008
    3rd party MP3 player and iTunes

    My 2001 vintage Rio 800 MP3 player shows up in the iTunes sidebar, and can be synched with no problems from Mac OS X, and always has all the way back to Mac OS 10.0. IIRC, the Window version of iTunes does not support syncing to third-party MP3 players. Which Creative player are you using? Does it show up in System Profiler when connected?

    -Dave Frank
  14. Flowero4ka macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2008
    I use iTunes only for radio, so alternative for me it's Radio Online Tuner...
  15. rafs32 macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2008

    I have had some issue with itunes as well. I bought a shuffle for music, but kept my Phillips as my system for playing audio files in lessons.

    No sync is possible with itunes, all you can do is convert to mp3, then drag and drop or copy and paste into your player. Works fine for my Philips mp3 player.

    I think sync is really inbuilt for the apple products, and yahoo music jukebox doesn´t look like it will go mac very soon, unfortunately.

    The one problem I still have is making sure the audio files for my lessons don´t turn up in my library? itunes does not seem to tidy files deleted even after using a bookmarking script and deleting from the library.

    Anyone with ideas?

    cheers stew.t.
  16. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2008

    to remove the links in your iTunes library, you can use the clean up script Super Remove Dead Tracks. Works like a charm.

  17. iTeen macrumors 65816


    Aug 13, 2007
    here is the link....Max
    good luck.
  18. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Why not just buy an iPod and be done with it. It's designed to work with iTunes. It's ridiculous to make so many accommodations in software on your new Mac just for an MP3 player. Alternatives just ain't gonna cut it. The Creative player is not Mac compatible and that was Creative's choice not to make software to run their devices on a Mac.You've bought a new Mac so you should buy hardware that works with it.
  19. abijnk macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Perhaps I am just going to add to the confusion here, but I am going to put in my $.02... :)

    Why don't you just use iTunes (It will organize your music for you if you want, you can still use mp3, it will play stuff for you, its easy to rip and burn CDs through it, etc etc) and then for your mp3 player just go into your iTunes folder and drag and drop the music onto the player.
  20. rafs32 macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2008

    hi guys

    I see your point concerning itunes, if I was just to play music. Maybe I wasn´t clear that the audio files I use are for teaching English. So if I have audio files I don´t want to randomly fill my shuffle with these audio dialogue files.

    It is all well to suggest a system if it resolves the problem. My solution works fine, to have another mp3 player for my audio files for lessons, and shuffle for music.

    A 2 penth worth should drop, properly ; )

    cheers stew.t.
  21. scotty96LSC macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    I think you could just make a smart list or playlist for music and then you would just get the music you want. Or use the uncheck box in your list of files and sync checked files only.

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