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  • Recommended desktop audio players?

    I posted this a few days ago before the new forum, but I didn't see it in my list of posts, so...

    I've tried many audio players for my desktop;  WMP, media monkey, iTunes, foobar2000, winamp... not thrilled with any right now, so I was wondering...

    what do you like /use /avoid for your audio player?

    ONe thing I'd like to do is set up a playlist to access my mp3s from my main computer, along with youtube vid links and my dropbox links of songs that I've detuned for our band to play in a different key.

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    I have a Mac and use either iTunes or Spotify.

    When I had a PC, I found iTunes utterly irritating, but on a Mac, it seems to work better.

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      I like Foobar pretty well -- you can plug the cool ABX comparator plugin in (or is it already there, I forget) and have it automate true ABX testing for you, administering the test trials and then doing all the math to figure out the probability of guessing.


      But I recently re-discovered WinAmp. I'll admit, I was taken aback by the fact it's now owned by AOL. (I guess part of why I was taken aback was because I simply hadn't realized they were still around in years.)


      But, a somewhat annoying web browser notwithstanding, someone did some nice work on the most recent version. It absolutely SAILS through media library sussing. I have well over 20,000 purchased mp3s (I was an enthusiastic subscriber to the original all-you-can-DL eMusic, where I plundered their folk and jazz libraries) and a whole bunch of rips from my 700 CD collections, plus  mp3s from a decade and a half of collecting the work of fellow micro-indie musician/labels. Scattered all over heck and back. And it flew through them. 


      Also, it's got the Milk Drop visualizer. 


      Call me an old hippie, but there are just times when you want to put on some heavy, psychedelic music and watch a light show that the wet show guys at the Filmore could only dream of...


      With regard to network access, I haven't tried it, but it looks like it shouldn't be a problem. You can put in standard URLs to access specific mp3s over the web; I can't imagine you couldn't do the same on your local. Heck, you can even use the control-L hotkey command to put in a specific resource like your default sound card's LINE IN.


      ctrl-L brings up a pop up window; type in "linein://" without the quote marks and you should be able to input whatevers coming in on your line in... In theory, you can then use Milk Drop on whatever is on the LINE IN. [While it's worked in the past for me, though, last night I just couldn't get it to work, even though I saw the LINE IN signal in the little graphic analyzer display. I had set it up to 'visualize' off my MOG stream, but it didn't work... when I switched over to local Mp3 playback, it was the Summer of Love all over again.


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      • rasputin1963
        rasputin1963 commented
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        Ditto.  Winamp here,  too.    I like that you can easily access a lot of Shoutcast stations from the UI.      Purty kollors,  too!

        Did you ever try MILKDROP...    when it offered red+cyan anaglyph.     Pretty cool,  I thought,   to zone out with my glasses on...    especially to a song like THIS:

        But I use VLC for all my filmic needs.    Except their latest release has your films come out with temporal codec blockiness....WTF?

        Recently I've been using the video player called IQMANGO,  just as an experiment.   It can show an ordinary movie...    in a kind of pseudo-anaglyph 3D,   which can be kinda cool.  You know,  on porn and whatnot.  (OH<  LIKE YOU DON'T!)


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      maarkr wrote:

      I posted this a few days ago before the new forum, but I didn't see it in my list of posts, so...

      I've tried many audio players for my desktop;  WMP, media monkey, iTunes, foobar2000, winamp... not thrilled with any right now, so I was wondering...

      what do you like /use /avoid for your audio player?

      ONe thing I'd like to do is set up a playlist to access my mp3s from my main computer, along with youtube vid links and my dropbox links of songs that I've detuned for our band to play in a different key.


       

      I use Winamp. You have a lot more sources than I do, so this might not be terribly helpful to you other than to toss out another name. The program does a whole lot of things that I don't use, so I can't even tell you what they are. I use it mostly for playing on-line radio streams. It's convenient for that since I can bookmark nearly all of the ones I access regularly and it's just like selecting a station on the radio. I only have about half a dozen, so it's not like Pandora where there are hundreds that you have to whittle down or search through.


      Winamp will play 24-bit WAV files, though I'm not sure what its range of sample rates is since I only use 44.1 kHz. There are a bunch of plug-ins for it that I haven't explored, and it'll play video as well as audio so it might play YouTube streams. Since I don't download music other than maybe a couple a year for songs I want to learn, I don't have much use for iTunes, so I avoid it on general principles.

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      • philbo
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        I used Winamp for years and still do for most things.   However, at work the IT people don't like it because it tries to autoconnect to the web.  So, for that, I use VLC.

         

        I also use VLC on my PC for watching videos.   If you dig into VLC a little you find it will also transcode audio and video between different resolutions and file formats, which is an awesome and very useful capability.



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