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matttt88
28th August 2004, 11:06 AM
does any one know of a decent music player for mac? itunes isnt running how i would like it to, because i dont have any of my music on my powerbook, it is all on my server, so it is really slooow and takes aaaaages when i add new music to my server, because i have to update the whole playlist again, what are my options?

EDIT: it also needs to be able to play OGG Vorbis, i miss my OGG now that im using a mac :(

p996911turbo
28th August 2004, 01:08 PM
I'm afraid I use iTunes so can't help you on that front but I was wondering if anyone knows a good plug in thing to play OGG Vorbis on iTunes? The one I currently have takes AGES to start playing the song.

elvis
28th August 2004, 01:29 PM
Have you tried XMMS? Grab it through Fink, Gentoo or DarwinPorts.

eni
28th August 2004, 01:59 PM
I'm using iTunes as well, but if anyone knows a good OGG player plugin for it then please tell us. I'm missing it as well. I wish my iPod supported it.

matttt88
28th August 2004, 04:59 PM
i did find that OGG plugin for itunes, i couldnt get it to play any off my OGG files, so i didnt bother any further.

and itunes is annoyinh me with its sloooow skipping of songs. it just pauses for sometimes 5 seconds to connect to the next song if i press the skip button, fine if i leave it to do its crossfade by itself.

now i dont understand how im meant to get XMMS working, i do use it in linux on occasions when i actualy use linux (well with a graphical interface that is).

elvis
28th August 2004, 06:11 PM
Originally posted by matttt88@Aug 28 2004, 04:59 PM
now i dont understand how im meant to get XMMS working, i do use it in linux on occasions when i actualy use linux (well with a graphical interface that is).
Fink:
http://fink.sourceforge.net/

Fink's XMMS package:
http://fink.sourceforge.net/pdb/package.php/xmms

Fink's Audio Section:
http://fink.sourceforge.net/pdb/section.php/sound

Remember that MacOSX is just BSD with Apple's shell on top. Porting 99% of Linux and othr open-source applications across is fairly trivial. With Fink, all the hard work is already done. You just highlight the package you want, click install, and there you have it.

Thousands of free programs at your fingertips. Go crazy! :)

matttt88
28th August 2004, 06:48 PM
thanks elvis, i will have a fiddle with it later, although i would like something that is a bit more cosmeticly matched to panther. ill keep searching and listning to recommendations on here until then. :) thanks all so far for your help... you will probably hear heaps of annoying questions from me in the future :P

Byrd
28th August 2004, 07:11 PM
There are stacks of alternative, OS X native MP3 playback software out there, here are some I found:

Audion 3 (http://www.panic.com/audion/)

(looks great, $30 to register however - not sure of limitations in shareware mode)

MacAmpLite (http://www.bigblueamoeba.com/~pxr/pub/)

(discontinued, but a great little *free* app - the author has included the serial # to register the player)

MP3 Dock (http://www.softwarium.com/mp3dock.html)

(light, fast, $10 to register)

JB

elvis
28th August 2004, 07:41 PM
Originally posted by matttt88@Aug 28 2004, 06:48 PM
i would like something that is a bit more cosmeticly matched to panther.
Cosmetics are the easiest thing to tweak:

http://xmms.org/skins.php

There are thousands of skins out there, and if you don't like them you can always build your own.

Welcome to the world of open-source software. :)

titan44
28th August 2004, 08:45 PM
I got my itunes to play ogg's ( No visualisations though ), Have a search on the net, i don't rember it being to hard to find, i think it's basicly it's a pluggin for quicktime

elvis
29th August 2004, 08:35 AM
Originally posted by titan44@Aug 28 2004, 08:45 PM
I got my itunes to play ogg's ( No visualisations though ), Have a search on the net, i don't rember it being to hard to find, i think it's basicly it's a pluggin for quicktime
I know the plugin you're talking about. However, there's a 2-3 second delay between songs while it fires up, and in the process the entire system seems to freeze for a second. I've used the same plugin on iTunes for Mac and PC with the same results. Not very happy.

I honestly wish Apple would add Ogg support themselves. Ogg/Vorbis falls under the BSD license, so it's even less restrictive than the GPL.

PyroVesten
29th August 2004, 06:52 PM
I've got the iTune OGG plugin on both my Mac and PC (different file for PC and Mac of course). Songs play instantly and visualisations work fine.

http://www.macupdate.com/download.php/1425...is.dmg?download (http://www.macupdate.com/download.php/14259/MacOSX-OggVorbis.dmg?download)

^ There's the OSX plugin.

matttt88
29th August 2004, 07:55 PM
i cant get that plugin working, same with another plugin that i found, is there anything else i have to do to get it working?

PyroVesten
30th August 2004, 07:35 PM
Did ya put the file in the Quicktime plugin folder?

..I think there was a readme for the plugin with the download. It should work if the file is in the right folder, at least it did for me.

matttt88
30th August 2004, 07:55 PM
yer qicktime folder, i did read the readme and it told me to put it there, restarted itunes and it still didnt work, even after restarting the whole system it didnt work, even if that was necesary, i did it anyway.

matttt88
20th September 2004, 11:38 PM
well i found one :) i had it with me all along. just never used it. VLC! its great, looks very similar to iTunes when in the small view. its great! nice and fast, and a all round media player too.. if you havent used it before, you should!

pipsqeek
22nd September 2004, 10:47 PM
VLC is great.

I use it to listen to a quick audio track that I dont want to get into iTunes library.

Also, you can use VLC to stream movies over a network. Basically having a Movie Server.

Video LAN Client.

Steve

decryption
12th October 2004, 10:22 AM
When listening to MP3s via VLC over an SMB share, the audio is really laggy. Does this happen to anyone else?