Vox Music Player Updated with Redesigned Interface, Gapless Playback

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Coppertino's Vox music player today received a new update, bringing a refreshed design that displays album art and hides playback controls until needed, along with new features such as gapless playback and improved searching across devices and file locations. The update also features improved multi-device support and bug fixes addressing previous issues with radio stations and general stability.

    Originally launched last August, Vox is designed to be a replacement for playing music within iTunes, and supports a wide variety of audio formats including MP3, FLAC, AAC, Musepack, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, and more. Vox can import an existing iTunes library with metadata, and also offers offers a built-in equalizer as well as internet radio connectivity, which is available as an in-app purchase.

    Vox 2.0 is available in the Mac App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Vox Music Player Updated with Redesigned Interface, Gapless Playback
  2. Dulcimer macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    Does anyone know what it means that Vox imports iTunes music? Does it double the space and create it's own library or does it share the library?
  3. iReinventnv macrumors newbie


    Oct 1, 2012
    Yuba City
  4. iSRS macrumors 6502


    Mar 2, 2010
    My question, too. Also, how does it handle iTunes in the iCloud / iTunes Match songs?
  5. tMac7 macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2013
    It just uses/scans your iTunes Library and plays the music from there. So no copies will be created.

    But does anyone know if you can apply effects again? I heard that Vox had this feature but it was removed. Would be great to play my music with 432 Hz again.
  6. attila macrumors 6502a


    Oct 11, 2003
    It sure is great to get out of that bag.
  7. iEnvy macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2010
    So is it worth the download or what? Must be if MR is using this indirect ad placement.
  8. sigma7 macrumors regular


    Oct 14, 2012
  9. SBlue1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
    Its slow. Plus it can find my Apple TV but not my Airport Express stereo. Deleted it.
  10. Coppertino macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2013
    VOX uses (share) the same library (iTunes library).
  11. energyboy macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2014
    Awesome update!

    But a few bugs:

    My only gripe is that the animation when hovering over the player is a bit choppy on Mountain Lion but only animates when actually in the program. When a different app is the topmost app, hovering over the player does nothing. When Vox is top most, it doesn't transition to the controls immediately. There needs to be a way to disable the transition, and allow users to bring the controls from menu bar instead (I almost always have the same controls and never change them).

    Song title scrolling doesn't work unless its kicked in by actually being in the app, it doesn't always display when something else is topmost.

    The fading in/out between Artist and Album Title is annoying, there should be some method of control or display options, like a scrolling marquee on two lines:

    Artist Name - Album Title
    Track Title

    An option to turn off the scrolling would be nice too.

    As far as it's design... its absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I liked version 0.2.8 for the minimalism, version 1.0 for its redesign but this slightly flatter look is absolutely PERFECT. I hope to god they don't change it, its the first time I've actually appreciated and liked a bit of a flat look. Less is more and the UI designer on this did an amazing job. THANK YOU!


    It can also be disabled, which is great!
  12. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    Feels sort of Metro-ish…rather CPU intensive unfortunately (if you look at the effect on the activity of the WindowServer and kernel_task processes)

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  13. parish macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2009
    Wilts., UK
    Nice update, but a couple of minor gripes.

    It's not displaying album art in the player but it is in the Dock icon :confused: The previous version did display it in the player (but just a small icon in the top left corner).

    In the previous version the currently playing track was displayed in yellow/orange - title, artist, etc. - but in the version the only indication is that the track number is replaced by a small equaliser icon which makes finding the current track in large playlists a bit tricky - have to scroll through slower.

    Great player though. I mainly use it for playing FLACs to save having to convert to ALAC for iTunes.
  14. glenbogle macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2013
    Can anyone help me on how to get the prefspane for using the keyboard controls to work? It's all installed as it should be, but if I try to use them nothing happens in Vox and iTunes opens.

    Any ideas?
  15. tkermit, Jan 28, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2014

    tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    Anyone else have the problem that it doesn't remember your preferences and reopens the intro animation every time you open the app?

    I see the following errors turn up in the Console:
    Vox[23810]: NSUbiquitousKeyValueStore error: com.coppertino.Vox does not have a valid com.apple.developer.ubiquity-kvstore-identifier entitlement
    syncdefaultsd[22466]: Can't register com.coppertino.Vox
    usernoted[202]: ApplePushService: entitlement check for 'com.apple.developer.aps-environment' failed for 'Vox' (23810)
    I've also noticed that the iTunes library parsing would suddenly fail after a few hours of usage.

    EDIT: After deleting the prefpane and app itself as well as the com.coppertino.Vox container-folder and then restarting the system, the preferences seem to stick now, although the error messages still remain.

    EDIT2: Again experiencing issues with the iTunes Library functionality. Guess I'll have to live without it for the time being. It's been like this for some time and restarting the app shows no effect.

    EDIT3: Deleting every file whose name starts with 'iTunesMusicSource.storedata' from ~/Library/Containers/com.coppertino.Vox/Data/Library/Application Support/Vox helped fix it this time, although I have a feeling the issue will return

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  16. energyboy macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2014
    How big is your itunes library?
  17. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    12k songs, ~200GB
  18. n-evo macrumors 65816


    Aug 9, 2013
    Terrible interface. Guess the developers never heard of Aqua.
  19. JavaTheHut macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2010
    Go to The Apple System Pref under "Other" and you will see "Vox"
  20. filfortugno macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2010
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Just Upgraded

    Very nice update! Gapless playback finally makes its way onto Vox, really happy with the UI and doubling up with iTunes makes my Mac listening experience quite nice.
  21. energyboy macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2014
    Aqua is over a decade old. The design is clean and fantastic. Its nice to see a change after 10 years... its long overdue.
  22. dastinger macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2012
    Shame that you lose the Radio feature devs offered MR members when the app first launched back in August :(
  23. rjtrigo macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2014
    For the radio, try this: http: //coppertino.com/vox/unlockradio.php?code=RUVOX

  24. dastinger macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2012
    Got it! Thank you so much!

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