Can anyone recommend a non CPU-hogging music player for a G5?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by alexreich, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. alexreich, Jul 5, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2012

    alexreich macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2011
    When I'm writing an article, browsing the web, making a Keynote, etc, I like to listen to music. It helps me think (bizarre, I know it distracts some people), and if I'm wasting time on my computer, music+web is always a nice combo.

    Currently, I use VLC to playback my 256kbps AAC files (because iTunes is BS on a single G5 CPU when it comes to multitasking), and it uses around 25-30% CPU on it's own. When I throw TenFourFox and a word processor into the mix, my CPU use gets into the 90's, and things get slow at times.

    I'd like to know if there is a music player for PPC that uses less than 1/3 the CPU to playback 256kbps AAC files. Any recommendations?
  2. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    Right now I've got iTunes open in the background playing a 320kbit MP3, at most it uses 5% of one CPU (I got 2x 1.8 G5s). Running Leopard and latest iTunes. Have you checked in activity monitor that it's iTunes? The internet these days is even more bloated (as far as wasting your CPU goes) than even iTunes, I've found.
  3. alexreich thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2011
    Weird, now that I'm watching it closely it seems that my CPU use when browsing MacRumors and playing music in VLC is only 40%, could be that there isn't a lot of content on the forums. Haha.

    Right now:
    TenFourFox 11-14%
    VLC 10-15%
  4. kevin242 macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2006
    i dont know how much cpu it uses but vox is pretty light weight:

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