Mac users: What program do you use for music playback?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by JustinBond, Dec 6, 2015.

  1. JustinBond

    JustinBond Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Los Angeles
    Looking for an alternative to iTunes, ideally something that plays flac files. I've had VOX for a while but it's always been slow and clunky with what I think is a poor UI, and with the last update it won't even open anymore. I liked using Winamp back in the day.

    What do you use?
  2. Gaslight

    Gaslight Modern Cad

    Northeast USA
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  3. EdogawaRampo

    EdogawaRampo Forum Resident

    VLC when I'm lazy and need something all purpose. Amadeus Pro when I'm dubbing and need something higher resolution, Toast when it's a CD, I have a copy of VinylStudio but haven't used in it awhile...thought
    Amadeus Pro sounded better...
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  4. SoporJoe

    SoporJoe Top 5 Reviewer

    British Columbia
    I used to use iTunes with Fluke to play FLAC.

    I don't really use FLAC much anymore, but I usually use VLC these days.
  5. JustinBond

    JustinBond Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Los Angeles
    Can VLC show artwork? I use VLC a lot for movie watching but I've never used it for music.
  6. bibijeebies

    bibijeebies Forum Resident

    Amstelveen (NL)
    I use VLC exclusively, mostly play FLAC files.
  7. Dr. Mudd

    Dr. Mudd Audient

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  8. ash1

    ash1 Forum Resident

    bristol uk
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  9. ex_mixer

    ex_mixer Forum Resident

    New Jersey
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  10. tgdinamo

    tgdinamo Forum Resident

    New Jersey, USA
    Amarra, Audirvana Plus, and VOX - all sound great but I suggest try VOX first because its free
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  11. JustinBond

    JustinBond Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Los Angeles
    This looks interesting. What do you like/dislike about it?

    Check my original post. VOX doesn't work on my machine any more for some reason.
  12. pathosdrama

    pathosdrama Forum Resident

    Firenze, Italy
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  13. Galley

    Galley Forum Resident

    I haven't tried it, but I hear it's good.
  14. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek Please label the photos you post

    Austin, TX
    I just convert FLAC to ALAC and use iTunes.

    edit...I use XLD to do the conversion.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2015
  15. GP

    GP Forum Resident

    Lynbrook, NY
    I'm always (at least) a few steps behind in the audio race, and I'm still using an older Mac and an older version of Fidelia, which I found I liked marginally better than Audirvana Plus and Pure Music with my particular firewire interface. Haven't heard Amarra yet but I'm glad it's not the only game in town. The bucks are tight, ya know.
  16. Socrates

    Socrates Well-Known Member

    New England
    Unfortunately I use iTunes....
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  17. ad180

    ad180 Forum Resident

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  18. wwaldmanfan

    wwaldmanfan music junkie

    NJ, USA
    I have purchased Audirvana Plus, HQPlayer, Decibel, and BitPerfect. I have also demo'ed Amarra, Pure Music, and JRMC for Mac.
    Audirvana Plus is the best one for me.
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  19. Larry Mc

    Larry Mc Forum Dude

    Toast 12 Titanium
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  20. Bathory

    Bathory 30 yr Single Malt, not just for breakfast anymore

    We use Apple withitunes, play music and stuff.

    I made a huge mistake past 5 years, ripped my entire cd collection at AAC , now I get fairly poor playback to my reference stereo. Am I totally fuc*ed? Do I have to re-rip ALL my cd's again in lossless?
  21. wwaldmanfan

    wwaldmanfan music junkie

    NJ, USA
    Yes, and then make a couple of backups on external media after you get all the metadata tags and cover art sorted out.
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  22. Larry Mc

    Larry Mc Forum Dude

    WavePad Masters Edition by NCH Software
  23. mwheelerk

    mwheelerk If You Fly A Flag Of Hate You Ain't No Kin To Me

    Gilbert Arizona
    About 85% of my playback is from JRiver, 10% from iTunes via my Apple TV and the other 5% via Sonos.
  24. mwheelerk

    mwheelerk If You Fly A Flag Of Hate You Ain't No Kin To Me

    Gilbert Arizona
    I'm sorry to say if you want to really gain anything in listening enjoyment you will have to re-rip your library to a lossless format like ALAC or FLAC or an uncompressed format like AIFF or WAV.
  25. JCM

    JCM Forum Resident

    Columbus, Ohio
    iTunes, works great for me. Also, I use Apple Lossless encoding on my files.

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