Audio players

There are some alternatives for iTunes.

The information below is as supplied by the manufacturers website.

Amarra $ 695.00 USD

Amarra is the audiophile solution for high resolution playback. Amarra works alongside iTunes, or independently, ensuring the best sound possible from your computer.

Audirvana $74

Audirvana is a audiophile player for Mac OSX.

BitPerfect USD 5.49

BitPerfect is a simple, easy to use, audiophile grade music player that works with iTunes to deliver the highest possible sound quality.

BitPerfect is for sale in the Mac App Store

Clementine

A cross-platform music player, works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Audio engine: Gstreamer

 

Decibel

Decibel is an audio player tailored to the particular needs of audiophiles.

Decibel supports all popular lossless and lossy audio formats including FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, Musepack, WavPack, Monkey's Audio, Speex, Apple Lossless, AAC, MP3, WAVE and AIFF.

For lossless formats such as FLAC and WAVE, and for Ogg Vorbis and specially tagged MP3 files, Decibel supports gapless playback with seamless transitions between tracks.

Decibel processes all audio using 64-bit floating-point precision, providing the highest possible playback quality for files sampled at all bit depths.

Decibel has an intentionally minimal user interface designed to be instantly intuitive and non-intrusive:

 

Ecoute $8

Ecoute is a standalone player based on your iTunes library. Fetch you Music, Movies, TV Shows and Podcasts!

Languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

 

Enqueue $10

Playlist based interface.

Enqueue supports tagging and playback for many formats including mp3, mp4, aac, ogg, flac, wav, aiff, musepack and more.

 

Fidelia $ 19.99 (base) + 49.99 (advanced) USD

Elegant design

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Maxium formats

Effects

Library

Fluke

Fluke is a small utility for Mac OS that lets you play FLAC files right within iTunes.

 

Features

Max

Max is an application for creating high-quality audio files in various formats, from compact discs or files.

If you would like to convert your audio from one format to another, Max can read and write audio files in over 20 compressed and uncompressed formats at almost all sample rates and and in most sample sizes. For many popular formats the artist and album metadata is transferred seamlessly between the old and new files. Max can even split a single audio file into multiple tracks using a cue sheet.

Pure music $129,00 USD

Swinsian $ 19.95

A simple OS X music manager

Vox

Freeware

Vox is a little and simple music player for Mac OS X with support for many file types, including FLAC, MP3, AAC, Musepack, Monkey's Audio, OGG Vorbis, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, IT, MOD, XM, Games Music and many others. Includes numerous effects like Equalizer, Reverb, Time Stretch, Pitch Shift, Echo. Moreover, all supported files can be exported to AAC+, Apple Lossless, WAV and other formats with enabled effects.

XLD

XLD (X Lossless Decoder) is a tool for Mac OS X that is able to decode/convert/play various 'lossless' audio files. The supported audio files can be split into some tracks with cue sheet when decoding. It works on Mac OS X 10.4 and later.

One of the few rippers on OSX supporting AccurateRip.

Settings are discussed here

References

  1. Mac OS X Music Players - alternatives to iTunes - Currawong
  2. 5 music-focused iTunes alternatives for Mac - Gigaom
  3. A first test and some food for audio thought - Barry Diament