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Old May 19th, 2008, 10:38 PM   #1
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Audio player better than iTunes (like Winamp)?

Hi guys,
I'm looking for a media player (audio, mostly MP3's) that's more powerful than iTunes.
Anything similar to Winamp out there? Ability to queue songs in the playlist, only show songs from certain artists/albums, update the library based on new audio files in a folder, etc.

Any options out there?
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Old May 19th, 2008, 11:22 PM   #2
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Audion is OK. COG is good for FLAC. I use those two besides iTunes.
At the rate they are going, Apple will have iTunes weighing in like MS Office soon.
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I don't know of anything "better" than iTunes.

I'm aware of some "alternate" players that are nice, but nothing "better."

Queue songs in playlist? I think that's called "Party Mix" in iTunes.
Show songs from certain artists/albums? That's called "Smart Playlist" in iTunes.
Auto add songs from a folder? That's called "folder actions" in Automator.
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I'm looking for a media player (audio, mostly MP3's) that's more powerful than iTunes. Anything similar to Winamp out there?
WinAmp is total garbage. iTunes does everything that you have requested. You can easily make playlists, sort by any number of means. You can easily sort by artist, or whatever, and make a playlist simply by dragging songs into a playlist. You may want to go into Preferences and turn on/off the fields as you deem are important/unimportant for your listening.

I suppose the only "shortfall", if one can call it that, is that iTunes does not support FLAC (or OGG) - but there are conversion programs that are easy to use, that can convert FLAC to AIFF. MP3s are not very good, in my opinion, and even if I have an MP3, I normally convert it to AIFF or AAC - but iTunes can entirely handle MP3s with no problem. Unlike WinAmp, iTunes won't barf crazy temporary files all over your system.

There are a number of extra iTunes utilities available, like visualizers and such, that might augment your iTunes experience. And make sure you are up to date with iTunes for the most features.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 06:03 PM   #5
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Maybe this just takes a different way of thinking, but it seems Winamp was able to do some things more easily.

Songs can only be queued from the party shuffle? Is there any way to queue songs while listening to the entire music library?

I just found the 'Browser'... perfect.

And where's that folder actions Automator to automatically update the library with new additions in my Music folder?

Thanks!
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Old May 20th, 2008, 07:19 PM   #6
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The power of iTunes is in Smart Folders. If you get the hang of those you won't need anything else. Under File choose New Smart Playlist. You can now set up a set of rules that dynamically populate the 'folder'. Lets say you like U2 so you set up a smart playlist that says Artist = U2. Now as soon as you press Ok it'll automatically populate your play list with any song by the group U2. Should you delete or add other songs at any time to iTunes they'll automatically get removed or added. You can cascade these rules to filter just about anything you can think of that's in your metadata. Also keep in mind that these same tricks can be applied to Finder as well to filter files of any type by clicking New Smart Folder under File on the menu.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 08:29 PM   #7
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Maybe this just takes a different way of thinking, but it seems Winamp was able to do some things more easily.
Yeah, it's better at giving someone a BSOD...
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I suppose the only "shortfall", if one can call it that, is that iTunes does not support FLAC (or OGG)
Actually it does (with a little third-party help). I listen to an OGG stream in iTunes all the time. The plugin I use also supports FLAC.

Xiph QuickTime Components 0.1.8 - MacUpdate
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And where's that folder actions Automator to automatically update the library with new additions in my Music folder?
Actually, you can create this in Applescript as well, and just assign it as a folder action.

Here's the script I used:
Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes ♫ Folder Actions
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