Switched to mac -- missing winamp

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  1. tonhe macrumors newbie

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    After buying my new macbook pro, the only thing I seem to miss really is winamp. (Ok, I admit, its going to take time to get used to not having SecureCRT too)

    The main reasons I prefer winamp is, its skinable, which easily makes it very small and unobtrusive. It also works really well with large collections, I've taken great care to convert my music collection to MP3s... thousands of albums, over 250gig of music. All sitting on a raid array on my linux box on the network. Winamp could scan this in the background for updated music and add it to the collection. I could also rip 320bit mp3s, and burn cds from the interface, which was nice. Most of all, it integrated with my iPod and did a good job copying music to it..

    So, I've read through the threads here some, and found no real suggestions for a true winamp replacement... any new suggestions?

    Songbird is what I'm using currently, but it wont keep my music up to date on its own, and it seems to want to rescan my music for duplicate tags and such... which is annoying..

    anyway, thanks in advance !

    -Tony
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  3. tonhe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just downloaded iTerm -- haven't checked out the session bookmarking yet.. been too busy playing with Quicksilver...

    Any suggestions on the winamp replacement?
     
  4. clevin macrumors G3

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    there is no good alternative, Songbird isn't ready yet, IMHO.
     
  5. tonhe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    there has to be something... i mean.. what is everyone using ?

    Seems like a huge gap in the whole switch to apple market, never thought i'd have this much of an issue trying to find a decent mp3 software player..

    -Tony
     
  6. Mal macrumors 603

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    Umm, everyone uses iTunes. It works, and works well. As far as automatically adding the music you add to the RAID, that won't really work, but even though it's not skin-able, it does shrink to a nice unobtrusive miniplayer unless you need the full window open. Definitely try to see if it'll work for you.

    jW
     
  7. njfuzzy macrumors member

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    iTunes
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I never really evolved beyond Winamp 2.x years ago. I heard they added a Media Library but I never had the time to railroad Winamp into handling 1,000+ songs when iTunes handled it without a learning curve.
     
  9. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

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    iTunes on a mac is superior to the PC version, and you should definitely check it out. I bought WinAmp for the PC and loved it, but on a Mac I much prefer iTunes. That said, Songbird is a good alternative that acts like a combination of iTunes and Winamp. Another alternative would be to use something like Cog, or VLC, or some small player and just play MP3s and keep everything manually updated or use iTunes to import your new music to the RAID array and then play it back with another player.
     
  10. boast macrumors 65816

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    lack of developers on the mac :(

    Amarok is coming to mac/windows, but they havent ported the auto-file scanner yet.
     
  11. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

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    Huge Winamp fan here as well, been using it for probably 8 years if not more.

    The one maybe possible way for it to work on Mac is to use Crossover Mac. I have contemplated it myself but have just used iTunes and it seems to work quite well. You do get a certain attachment to Winamp for some reason tho!!! :)

    EDIT: Its not pretty but its running!!

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    Another one looks a fair bit better, think they got a good skin on it, possibly a newer version of Crossover as well.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. XnavxeMiyyep macrumors 65816

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    iTunes is pretty unobtrusive. If you hit the green plus button, it shrinks to a small window. You can click the Previous, Next, and Play buttons and it won't steal focus from your current application. You can use SizzlingKeysForiTunes or Butler to map keys to those three buttons (I use F1-F3). Once you've done that, you could hide it entirely. I also have F4 mapped to display the current song automatically.

    iTunes supports ripping 320 kbps MP3s. Go to <b>iTunes->Preferences->General->Import Settings...</b> then by <b>Import Using:</b>, select <b>MP3 Encoder</b>, then choose <b>Custom</b> from the <b>Setting</b> dropdown, and the menu that pops up should be self explanatory.

    The RAID issue I'm not to sure about. Try this: In <b>iTunes->Preferences->Advanced</b> you can change your iTunes Music Folder location, which should allow you to choose a folder on your network (although I've never done so.) First uncheck <b>Keep iTunes Music folder organized</b> if you don't want it to change your folders. iTunes should then have a list of all your songs.

    iTunes integrates pretty well with iPods, as Apple makes them both.-

    Hope this helps. :)
     
  13. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Why do all that when you have iTunes controls on your Apple keyboard?
     
  14. M.Ford macrumors member

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    I know that I have gotten used to iTunes. Before I had a Mac I used MediaMonkey. That was one slick piece of software. I feel your pain. I used to manage the file names since I am particular as to how I wanted to the names to be. I still miss that control. All that said, as long as you let iTunes control the music it works fine and works great with the iX devices. I would just iTunes. It is the best out there and I have read reviews that support that statement. In the worst case, you might be able to write a script in shell or use automator to scan and add music automatically.
     
  15. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Yeah uh... Welcome to the world of Apple, where you can do anything you want, as long as it the Apple Approved ® way:mad:

    OS X has iTunes, WMP7, and Real Player. So basically only iTunes.
    :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
     
  16. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  17. XnavxeMiyyep macrumors 65816

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    Well, I like to see the little iTunes controller. Also, I have an older Apple Pro Keyboard. I hate the layout of the new one. Absolutely no reason for a full-sized keyboard to require a Fn key. I may eventually get the new one anyway, as I've figured out how to remap the F16-F19 buttons to Volume and Eject.

    Also, once again using Butler, you can create your own iTunes Controller with the Docklet/Menubar/Context-Menu by adding play/pause, prev, next, info, and library, which will be rather tiny. (Butler does lots of wonderful things)
     
  18. jmadlena Guest

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    ... Any developer is free to make an iTunes alternative on Mac OS X. It isn't Apple's fault that there is no version or port of Winamp on Mac OS X.

    I hope I am just missing your sarcasm.
     
  19. sammich macrumors 601

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    I've been using butler to control my music and it's I can't live without it. Instead of using the docklet I assigned a series of shortcuts that launch programs just for butler. I use the modifiers 'control-option-command' (easy since they sit next to each other) and assign buttons, like:

    M - opens/brings iTunes to focus
    Left key - beginning/previous song
    Right key - next song
    Space bar - pause music
    S - safari
    +others

    It might seem like a lot of buttons but (for me at least) it works without strain or a stretch for my fingers.

    That was probably a bit divergent from the original point of this thread so...you get attached to WinAmp, it is pretty simple and slick and is probably a more power-user type program, but if you give iTunes a chance, you might find it does everything you need your music program to do.
     
  20. morenazo macrumors newbie

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    any news of winamp for mac?

    i listen to house techno, i have 100s of dj sets (each one is avg. 120 min), so for me winamp is better, as i can drag the whole folder, and listen to the music, and im constantlin addin new music. itunes i find it great to organize my music (eg. separate all the 320kbs from the rest), but winamp is better for playin music in my case.
     
  21. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Virtual machine it or Boot Camp for best results.
     
  22. morenazo macrumors newbie

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    Downloaded cog, likin it, its quite like winamp. the only frustrating thing is that i have various folder alliases on my desktop, and i cant drag the folder to the player, instead i have to go exactly where the folder is located.
     
  23. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    If you love Winamp, have an Intel Mac, and want to run it without having to buy a copy of Windows, I have good news for you. Winamp 2.95 runs perfectly inside Darwine. I haven't tried Winamp 5 yet, though.
     
  24. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Part of your problem is that OS X is pretty much designed so that apps control your files. This is especially the case with iTunes, iPhoto, etc. Frankly I can see why Apple has chosen this route. There is really no need to have perfectly named folders/files anymore as was needed in the old days of Winamp as modern apps display much more metadata than file managers (Finder, etc) do.

    On a personal note, I was a huge Winamp user back in the Winamp 2x > 3x days. Once it was sold to AOL and became Winamp 5x and iTunes matured and was ported to Windows I completely left it. In my opinion, iTunes just handles my library better. Even when I controlled my folders myself.
     
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