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A friend of mine recently asked me if I knew of any alternates to iTunes for playing/organizing music. I personally love iTunes but I’m aware that my friend isn’t the only person with a distaste for it. So, got any suggestions for other apps that play/organize […]

A friend of mine recently asked me if I knew of any alternates to iTunes for playing/organizing music. I personally love iTunes but I’m aware that my friend isn’t the only person with a distaste for it.

So, got any suggestions for other apps that play/organize music well on OS X?

Edit: This is for iTunes Mac

  1. Mac or Windows? On the Mac, there’s Panic’s app Audion, which was discontinued (due to competition with iTunes), but in its heyday, it was pretty good.

    On Windows, there’s Winamp. Many people like it, but I personally hate it.

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  2. Try out MusicIP Mixer, available at http://www.musicip.com. Though not as straight-forward as iTunes, it offers lots more feaures, and looks somewhat like iTunes, so it should be easy enough to use.

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  3. There’s music players / organizers other than iTunes? :p

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  4. Justin Crittenden Friday, May 19, 2006

    if you dont mind a work in progress theres Songbird

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  5. well, a friend (Improv, Pastence) and I are actually going to begin on working on a music player. I am currently learning objective-c and he is going to be the UI designer. If you are or know of any developers that are interested just email me at Jon.Kantro@GMail.com

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  6. Ehy, I’d like to switch on Mac, but my hesitation is for a good music organizer too. On Windows we have foobar2000 – with a little work it’s sure the best music player – and I cannot live without it. In mac os? I’ve thousands mp3s and I need a serious software for “professionals” :), ITunes is too much newbie-oriented.
    @Jon, look deeply at foobar2000 while planning your music player :)

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  7. Audion was pretty sweet but for me it has always had stability problems on Mac OS X. I actually use MacAmp Lite X most of the time. For organizing I just use the Finder.

    Hey here is an idea: dig out your old Mac OS X Public Beta disc and see if that old music player app will work under Tiger.

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  8. Winamp is good on windows (the older 5.13 version with the mlPod addon, NOT the new 5.2 version). I have never even installed iTunes. I don’t like the serial stamping that iTunes does to the id3 tags or how it deletes files that are not in my iTunes catalog. DRM be damned, I will use my shuffle however the hell I want.

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  9. Giampaolo Bellavite brings up an interesting point that is inline with Apple’s product strategy. Why shouldn’t there be a pro version of iTunes? iPhoto->Aperature. iMovie->Final Cut. iDVD->DVD Studio. GarageBand->Soundtrack. What’s missing from this equasion?!

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  10. not sure how a pro version would work nor do i see any need for it. good point, though.

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