Dec 1 2011
OK. Admittedly, as a PC user I despised iTunes, and when I got my first iPod i did everything i could to circumvent the necessary usage of iTunes on the PC. There were a few Windows applications that were a lot better at the time for getting music on my iPod (Anapod was my favorite, but its long gone now), so I did OK without iTunes. I don’t really want something to manage my MP3s (admittedly, i have terrabytes of music and can’t expect an application to manage it very well), I just want something to play music and iTunes doesn’t seem like a natural choice for that – it’s a music movie and game store, a social media app, a music library, a media player, and more. Are there options for Macs? I have found a few and they run the gammut of uber high end audio gear to low end free cheap solutions. Here are a few I have tried:
Fidelia from Audiofile Enginerring “Fidelia is an elegant and powerful music player created exclusively for Mac OS X.”
Audion 3 from Panic Software “Hi! I’m a single app that bravely handles all your audio needs – I’m easy to use, but with gobs of advanced features ready to be discovered! I can play your Audio CDs, your MP3s, and your streaming network audio, I can encode, edit, mix, sort and manage, visualize and hypnotize. And now that I’m 3, I can broadcast, record, crossfade, and even hang with your iPod. Best of all, I’ve got that Panic design – light, simple, and powerful. It’s sure nice to meet you!”
Amarra from Sonic Studio, is the audiophile quality computer music player for the most discriminating music enthusiast. Designed using the same technology in use today by record companies worldwide for producing CDs, DVD’s and Blu-ray’s, Amarra is praised by audiophiles the world over for delivering analog-like smoothness and liquidity from a digital source.
CogX a free open source audio player for OS X.
More updates to come… it’s good to see there are options out there.