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Old 02-11-2011, 05:11 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I'm pretty sure Foobar is windows only.
Darn. I have a laptop with Windows 7 but I keep the majority of my music on the Mac.
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Old 02-11-2011, 06:45 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I don't know if anyone cares but I decided to stick with MusicBee.

-It has all the compatibility features that I need. Flac, Mp3, etc.
-It converts and rips better than iTunes could ever hope to
-It has built-in Last FM compability. I can turn scrobbling on/off from within the media player itself. Not only that, but I got it to sync all of the playcounts from my Last FM profile. (Well, most of them)
-It looks similar to iTunes in layout and isn't too difficult to navigate. It's user friendly.
-Auto tagging and all that good stuff is included
-It's still in Beta, which is exciting for some reason
I do plan to keep Foobar though, as I could see myself tinkering with that in the future.
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:22 AM   #33 (permalink)
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iTunes is a real good one if you keep your ways good with him. AlbumArt is so important for me, and i love the design of iTunes.
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:24 AM   #34 (permalink)
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iTunes is a real good one if you keep your ways good with him. AlbumArt is so important for me, and i love the design of iTunes.
He said he didn't like iTunes though!
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:45 AM   #35 (permalink)
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my favorite is songbird! its easy and you can rate songs outta of 5 star, so then it will play them more often etc if you randomize it, also it adds the higher rated songs to a "highly rated folder" love it.
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iTunes is a real good one if you keep your ways good with him. AlbumArt is so important for me, and i love the design of iTunes.
iTunes is crap crap crap and I didn't realize it until I stopped using it

Seriously, to anyone out there using iTunes, get a better music player. It will change your LIFE
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iTunes is crap crap crap and I didn't realize it until I stopped using it

Seriously, to anyone out there using iTunes, get a better music player. It will change your LIFE
What is it that you dislike about iTunes specifically? I just ask because I hear a lot of people say how much they hate it but I've never had any problems with it. I've never really tried a different play though so I'm curious if there's something I'm missing here.
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Old 02-12-2011, 11:43 AM   #38 (permalink)
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Am I the only one who uses this? It does it's job well. it plays music, and it scrobbles, so I could care less if it doesn't have a built in web browser or an arcade. just as long as it plays music.
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What is it that you dislike about iTunes specifically? I just ask because I hear a lot of people say how much they hate it but I've never had any problems with it. I've never really tried a different play though so I'm curious if there's something I'm missing here.
First and foremost, it has problems syncing my IPOD of all things. I bought a new 160gb classic so that I could put my entire library on it. But about half the times I'd try to connect and update the stupid thing, iTunes would freeze up for a good 10 minutes before starting to update. That, or it flat out wouldn't recognize my iPod. And I had this problem with an earlier iPod, so unless Apple is releases mass amounts of defective iPods, iTunes is just a POS when it comes to operating with the hardware it's designed for.

Next, it lacks a lot of basic features that other music players have these days. Two important ones are file formatting and auto tagging. iTunes doesn't even recognize FLAC for chrissakes. MusicBee not only recognizes it, but it can convert almost every major music file type into almost every other major music file type. And auto tagging is a feature that would have saved me hours and hours if iTunes had it. You select an album or song and click "auto tag" which searches a database on the internet and automatically fixes all the tags for an album.

Lastly, iTunes is really restrictive. You're given minimal options to customize your experience. All the other music players I tried have WAY more features to tinker with and fine-tune the experience to exactly how you want it.
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First and foremost, it has problems syncing my IPOD of all things. I bought a new 160gb classic so that I could put my entire library on it. But about half the times I'd try to connect and update the stupid thing, iTunes would freeze up for a good 10 minutes before starting to update. That, or it flat out wouldn't recognize my iPod. And I had this problem with an earlier iPod, so unless Apple is releases mass amounts of defective iPods, iTunes is just a POS when it comes to operating with the hardware it's designed for.

Next, it lacks a lot of basic features that other music players have these days. Two important ones are file formatting and auto tagging. iTunes doesn't even recognize FLAC for chrissakes. MusicBee not only recognizes it, but it can convert almost every major music file type into almost every other major music file type. And auto tagging is a feature that would have saved me hours and hours if iTunes had it. You select an album or song and click "auto tag" which searches a database on the internet and automatically fixes all the tags for an album.

Lastly, iTunes is really restrictive. You're given minimal options to customize your experience. All the other music players I tried have WAY more features to tinker with and fine-tune the experience to exactly how you want it.
Interesting! I've never had the issues you describe in the first paragraph but I can certainly see the appeal of the things you mention in the second paragraph. It would be nice if iTunes recognized FLAC but then MusicBee doesn't recognize AIFF, which is a filetype I use somewhat often, so I guess that's kind of a trade off. The auto tagging thing does sound nice though.

As far as the third paragraph goes, what are some examples of things that you're able to customize in other players?
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