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Alternative to Windows Media Player?

By korrupt
Sep 21, 2006
  1. Hey guys,

    I'm after an alternative for Windows Media player for my music. I have about 30 days worth of non-stop music so I need something easy to use and preferable with a search function.

    I do not want I-tunes or quiktime player but all others are ok.

    Any replies as always, greatly appreciated.

    Regards,

    Korrupt
     
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    I would recommend WinAmp and JetAudio. I like them both but I prefer WinAmp since it's more sleek and easily customisable. Also, it's easier to search through your library in WinAmp than it is in JetAudio. foobar2000 is also recommended by many but I didn't like it too much. Maybe u will.
     
  3. altheman

    altheman TS Rookie Posts: 541

    VLC is good also.
     
  4. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,374   +289

  5. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 1,060

    Thanks for your replies.

    Regards,

    Korrupt
     
  6. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 757

    divx player
     
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,699   +338

    I use Winamp because it plays video and is very slim, if I wanted to use a player that took up the whole screen to use I'd use iTunes.

    With winamp you can use the classic skin which has a very small desktop footprint, or you can use any of thousands of skins for it in full winamp 5 mode where it has a nice media library.
     
  8. N3051M

    N3051M TS Rookie Posts: 2,800

    I know its just preference, but whats wrong with iTunes? (apart from vers 7 being buggy as *** :))

    If you want iTunes 6 i'm pretty sure i got it here somewhere....
     
  9. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,374   +289

    Foobar doesn't have to take up the whole screen - you can configure it however you want. Here are a couple of examples (not mine)
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Any mine when it's minimized
    [​IMG]

    I still have general playback control of the application even when it's minized. I have even installed a remote control server for foobar allowing me to remotely control the program from my other machines. You can search your libraries, modify playlists, change/skip songs, queue songs, etc. using this tool.

    You should also be aware that a default installation of foobar isn't pretty - it looks like this
    [​IMG]
    The configuration is all up to you with Foobar but you may have to RTFM.

    I don't use iTunes anymore because it's pretty closed off. I like the ability to add support for fuctions to the application easily. Flac is not a supported format in iTunes and ogg support is pretty crappy on the Mac side. I refuse to go with Apple lossless because I play my files on Windows, Mac, and linux using Foobar, Cog, and Rhythmbox primarily. I don't have to duplicate any of my audio library because it all sits on my fileserver that is mapped by all my other machines in the house.

    You stated that you wanted an alternative for your music so I assume you only care about the audio support. If you want any video support at all then don't look at foobar - it will never be added. The programmers have made it very clear that this is an audio management tool and not an all purpose media player.

    Take a look at this wiki to get an idea of the types of functions you can add to foobar.
    http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=Foobar2000:Components_0.9
     
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