How to make VLC my default audio player?

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  1. boro macrumors newbie

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    Hi I can't find a definitive answer on how to make VLC my Default audio/media player. At the moment itunes is opening all my music and placing it in its library which I don't want to happen.
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    Select audio file in Finder > CMD+I > Open With > Select VLC > Change all.

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    Do that with every audio container (.mp3, .wav, ,aiff, ...) you want to open.


    Do let iTunes not copy every opened file:
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  3. EndlessMac macrumors 6502

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    To add to what spinnerlys said, you can also have VLC automatically start up when inserting a music CD instead of iTunes in your computer's System Preference's CD & DVD section.
     
  4. boro thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your help, I've done the second half of your post, but I'm quite new to mac and can't find audio file in finder?
     
  5. spinnerlys Guest

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    How do you open audio files then?

    You can either use Spotlight to search for .mp3 or other audio files or more specific songs
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    or select the song(s) in iTunes and right click and select Show in Finder.
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  6. lpobsession2005 macrumors member

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    this is a good question but i dont think the answer really works and it's not what the guy is looking for. I have the same question, I want VLC to be the default program for all .mkv files. If i to that "Change All" button, that seems to only change the files that are downloaded now. If I download another .mkv file am I going to have to change what to open that with too?

    I'm looking for an option within VLC or maybe elsewhere to change the extensions that VLC is the default program to open
     
  7. spinnerlys Guest

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    As far as I have experienced, the Change all function works for existing files and for one that have not been conceived yet and may come into existence in the next nine months or so.

    What do you think the guy is looking for and why don't you think the answer really works?

    If you looking for a Windows like function where to set to open all of those files with that program, than you're looking for a while.
    Mac OS X works in other ways.
     
  8. lpobsession2005 macrumors member

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    I think he's looking for the same answer as me. and by "and for ones that have not been conceived yet and may come into existence in the next nine months or so." what do you mean? like, it'll change the default open program for all things downloaded after you click the button, but not after nine months?
     
  9. spinnerlys Guest

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    No, I wanted to allude to the word conceived, therefore nine months.

    In simple words: If you select Change all, it will stay that way, until you select another software and apply the Change all.

    Example:
    .mkv -> Get Info -> Open With : MOVIST -> Change All -> Yes/Okay/Change.
    It stays that way until:

    .mkv -> Get Info -> Open With : VLC -> Change All -> Yes/Okay/Change.
    It stays that way until

    .mkv -> Get Info -> Open With : MPlayer OS X Extended -> Change All -> Yes/Okay/Change.
    It stays that way until

    .mkv -> Get Info -> Open With : MOVIST -> Change All -> Yes/Okay/Change.
    It stays that way until:

    .mkv -> Get Info -> Open With : VLC -> Change All -> Yes/Okay/Change.
    It stays that way until

    .mkv -> Get Info -> Open With : MPlayer OS X Extended -> Change All -> Yes/Okay/Change.
    It stays that way until

    .mkv -> Get Info -> Open With : MOVIST -> Change All -> Yes/Okay/Change.
    It stays that way until:

    .mkv -> Get Info -> Open With : VLC -> Change All -> Yes/Okay/Change.
    It stays that way until

    .mkv -> Get Info -> Open With : MPlayer OS X Extended -> Change All -> Yes/Okay/Change.
    It stays that way until

    ......
     
  10. lpobsession2005 macrumors member

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    oh ok i gotcha. so clicking that button should make future things i download open with the selected program too?
     
  11. spinnerlys Guest

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    Yes.
     
  12. lpobsession2005 macrumors member

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    sweet man thanks, sorry for 2nd guessing you
     
  13. boro thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank You!!

    spinnerlys thank you VLC is now my default player!! Thank you for your patience and help!
     
  14. gr8gazoo173 macrumors newbie

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    I am running Lion on a Mini Mac, with external hard drives attached. Two are NTFS format and two are FAT32 format. When I do the "Get Info" the "Open With" option does not show up in the box. I have gotten most of my files to open in VLC by clicking on the individual file type (i.e .avi) and doing the above but when i do it with the .MP3 file in my FAT32 formatted Hard Drive, I get the error message "you can't change the item to always open in the selected app. This item is locked or damaged or in a folder you don't have permission to modify (error code -61)" I can get the file to open in VLC the one time, but it doesn't stay as the default player.

    any Ideas on how to resolve this issue?
    Thanks!
     

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