Preferred music playing software of choice

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Just out of curiosity, what do the majority of ILM'ers like to use? Also state your OS.

I use iTunes on Vista, but have experimented with Winamp/foobar/mediamonkey/etc. It's inane how much memory iTunes has to take up to have even less capabilities than it's counterparts, but I can't seem to drop it... years of using it (and iPods) have made it's interface only natural.

I've wanted to convert entirely to foobar (for FLAC reasons) but the amount of tinkering you have to do to just make it start looking good is impossible (is anyone aware of any "just install" skins out there? half of them require me to sift through countless folders in search of filetypes I have little to no idea about)

Also noticing that a lot of'rs are beginning to stray away from iTunes, not sure if anyone else has noticed the same. The only software I never see represented is WMP.

kelpolaris, Friday, 23 April 2010 19:15 (ten years ago) link

I use WMP, and prefer it for the reason that it automatically adds mp3s to your library. I've found that managing a library by hand is a pain in the ass I have no intention of dealing with. (The Reverend), Friday, 23 April 2010 19:17 (ten years ago) link

i use rhythmbox and it's pretty good. would be interested in what other linux users use

pollos da don (tpp), Friday, 23 April 2010 19:21 (ten years ago) link

I use media monkey. It's kind of ugly, but it has a pretty good interface, reasonable memory footprint and I can use it for with my ipod.

peter in montreal, Friday, 23 April 2010 19:47 (ten years ago) link

itunes out of ignorance

la senora (surm), Friday, 23 April 2010 19:48 (ten years ago) link

I use iTunes and Squeezebox Server, which get along well together.

Brad C., Friday, 23 April 2010 20:21 (ten years ago) link

iTunes has been working just fine for me since . . . either late 2004 or early 2005, i think

ksh, Friday, 23 April 2010 20:34 (ten years ago) link

I love QCD to bits but have been pretty much exclusively iTunes ever since getting an iPod

HI DERE, Friday, 23 April 2010 20:35 (ten years ago) link


used to be on Windows until summer 2008, now am on a Mac (OS X)

ksh, Friday, 23 April 2010 20:35 (ten years ago) link

Winamp on WinXP, and my MP3 player is a cheap no-name thing I got four years ago that just appears in the My Computer window as a removable drive. I'm very cheap when it comes to buying computer hardware.

I use VLC because of all the inbuilt codecs FLAC etc and it'll play TS Video files from the off, it's pretty small, but it can jump every now and again if you have something running in the background.

You Weaked It! (MaresNest), Friday, 23 April 2010 20:40 (ten years ago) link

Generally transfer my music immediately to my iPod so I don't spend a whole lot of time listening to music on the computer itself. We recently got a Sonos ZonePlayer though, so I guess the Sonos client sitting on the Mac mini is the closest thing to an answer to this question... the Sonos sofware client plays on the computer itself but most of the non-iPod listening is done through hardware elsewhere in the house.

Sean Carruthers, Friday, 23 April 2010 20:41 (ten years ago) link

oh I forgot, I use TVersity to stream music to my PS3

HI DERE, Friday, 23 April 2010 20:41 (ten years ago) link

My main reason for sticking with Winamp is that it's pretty solid - practically every other app on my PC can lock up but Winamp will keep playing until everything else sorts itself out. I use VLC for playing videos though.

I remember using Sonique a lot years ago. Always thought it was much better looking than winamp and the skins were great and easy to install/create. I only use itunes nowadays... tried songbird for a while because it had a feature which allowed downloading and streaming off mp3 blogs but new version can't sync my ipod anymore.

Moka, Friday, 23 April 2010 20:50 (ten years ago) link

Have been still using Winamp and not using the library, but when I wanted a media player on the Linux box (which does most of my downloading) I couldn't find a good winampalike which didn't require KDE, so I started using Songbird with my entire downloads directory as the library. It's a little buggy but I liked the interface so I've started using it on Windows too now.

(Plus I just reinstalled recently and the newest Winamp was kind of confusing to me, like they'd pretty much given up on anyone using it without using the library window and hadn't bothered to check the window layout would still work together without it)

I'm still running some old version of Winamp (on Windows), plays FLACs and everything else without a bother. At work I run Linux, so I just use Rhythmbox on the rare occasions I want to play music (I've never got the hang of working and listening on headphones at the same time, I always get distracted by the music).

seandalai, Friday, 23 April 2010 23:22 (ten years ago) link

I use J River Media Center to sync my iPod Classic and I just use a regular file manager to sync my Rockboxed Sansa e208+microsd card. I want to avoid iTunes if possible but Apple keeps making it hard for third-party apps to support their devices. I think Media Monkey still handles the current iPods, though.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 23 April 2010 23:47 (ten years ago) link

WinXP+Winamp, don't use the library stuff and don't have an iPod/mp3 player so it's all I really need.

drinkin a carton of peace juice (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 24 April 2010 01:39 (ten years ago) link

WMP because none of the other programs I've tried have been anything but an unnecessary additional ball-ache

and ya thought that shit played out in ILX (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 24 April 2010 01:41 (ten years ago) link

don't use the library stuff

Me neither, I just drag folders into the Playlist Editor window.

I used foobar.. on XP.

The new installs of foobar are definitely more GUI friendly- so to OP concerns, if you havent checked it out recently- you might want to. In fact, Ive resisted upgrading because of the differences in implementation

nothingleft (gravydan), Saturday, 24 April 2010 12:28 (ten years ago) link

Media Monkey, it was a convenient tool to retag and organize 3500 albums, while remaining compatible with most WinAmp plug-ins.

nori dusted (Sanpaku), Saturday, 24 April 2010 13:59 (ten years ago) link

First post.. Hi. I use XMPlay. It's got plugins for any formats I can think of(Many through support for WinAmp plugins.) Low memory usage(I'm told), support. It works very well for my needs. There is a library function, but I've never used it so I can't really comment on that.

Official site:

Skins, plugins etc.:

, Sunday, 25 April 2010 02:35 (ten years ago) link

Rhapsody and WMP.

dlp9001, Sunday, 25 April 2010 02:46 (ten years ago) link

ksh, Sunday, 25 April 2010 03:04 (ten years ago) link


Bee OK, Sunday, 25 April 2010 03:12 (ten years ago) link

Just d/l'd Songbird, any else fond of it? I can't see any real compelling reasons to stop using iTunes aside from the customizability factor, which is at least easier than foobar's (one-click installations versus file extractions in foobar).... but def browsing profiles I'm seeing a hell of a lot more of it in the past couple weeks than I ever have in my life.

kelpolaris, Tuesday, 27 April 2010 01:09 (ten years ago) link

For playing, I use Winamp with classic skins ("steel this amp" for 10+ years now!). I use MediaMonkey for file management.

I've heard that it's different on Macs, but on PCs, Apple software behaves disturbingly like viruses. They don't tell me what they're doing and why, they do things I didn't tell them to do and don't want them to do, and they won't go away when I want them to, always hanging out in the background. I tried iTunes, but I was always afraid that I would click a single box incorrectly and the fucking thing would try to change the names and locations of all my mp3s.

Dan I., Tuesday, 27 April 2010 02:27 (ten years ago) link


badg, Tuesday, 27 April 2010 02:38 (ten years ago) link


i started using it ages and ages ago when it was significantly more memory-efficient than winamp and the like when i had a shitty pc, and now i'm too set in my ways to switch to something fancier

ciderpress, Tuesday, 27 April 2010 04:35 (ten years ago) link

itunes cuz coverflow is the shit!!!

dazzle shjips (Future_Perfect), Tuesday, 27 April 2010 04:52 (ten years ago) link

foobar because i like the way it does playlists and i don't care about skins

second toughest in the internets (another al3x), Tuesday, 27 April 2010 05:10 (ten years ago) link

Winamp on XP. I also don't utilize any library features. I'm sure that would make life easy, but I pretty much remember what albums are in what folders/drives.

For video, I usually just use WMP for anything that's not Apple-specific.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 27 April 2010 05:13 (ten years ago) link

even the sound on foobar seems to be different but that might just be all in my head. once i used it, never really wanted to go anywhere else.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 27 April 2010 05:24 (ten years ago) link

Media Monkey on XP. It drives me crazy that some of the tags i enter in MM don't show up when viewing the files in Windows (file manager, explorer, or, whatever they call it now). Monkey is great for filling artwork and tags in short order and for batch bitrate and format conversions (in-and-out-of ogg, wmv, mp3, m4a, flac, wav, etc). I still use media player as the default player as it's a one-stop for music and video (since i've also added all the necessary codecs to play/watch just about anything).

suspecterrain, Tuesday, 27 April 2010 06:44 (ten years ago) link

itunes (more likely spotify these days though) on XP
songbird on Ubuntu.

tomofthenest, Tuesday, 27 April 2010 07:35 (ten years ago) link

WMP mostly, and Magix Music Editor for, uh, music editing.

nine years pass...

revive. wasn't sure what thread we were using for this discussion...

i just switched from Dopamine to MusicBee, and i'm so much happier. gapless playback at last. it took an hour or so to migrate artwork and configure the program how i like it, but it's pretty much ideal. seems lightweight.


meaulnes, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 20:03 (eleven months ago) link

I am very happy with Winamp

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 20:14 (eleven months ago) link

would go to an exhibition of classic winamp skins

nashwan, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 20:47 (eleven months ago) link

I still use Winamp on Windows, and also Qmmp on my Linux laptop (closest application I could find to Winamp for Linux).

just another country (snoball), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 20:53 (eleven months ago) link

Moved from Winamp to foobar2000, so at least from the 90s to the 00s.

Thank You (Fattekin Mice Elf Control Again) (Noel Emits), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 21:09 (eleven months ago) link

Did noone else use Sonique?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 21:28 (eleven months ago) link

Almost a decade after I posted on this thread and I still use J River Media Center, though the DAPs are long gone and now I stream from JRMC to my phone when I'm out and about.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 22:01 (eleven months ago) link

VLC all day every day

sleeve, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 22:04 (eleven months ago) link

I still use Itunes, but I'll be moving to Media Monkey one of these days.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 22:20 (eleven months ago) link

foobar2000. wish there were some skins that didn't suck. i've got it set up pretty well, though, it just looks very unsexy basic old school windows GUI.

brimstead, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 23:03 (eleven months ago) link

i was all about MUSIKCUBE before foobar

brimstead, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 23:03 (eleven months ago) link

which is apparently now a sweet looking terminal based player:

brimstead, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 23:04 (eleven months ago) link

I love MusicBee. I switched to it from the lovely yet ugly foobar2000 some time ago and I haven't looked back. It's very lightweight indeed, handles a big FLAC library smoothly on my old Windows laptop, and you can make it look modern/prettier with skins. Also features a good tag/metadata editor and a format converter, and can play podcasts. Here's my setup:

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Thursday, 22 August 2019 10:40 (eleven months ago) link

Having been a long time Winamp holdout simply dragging stuff from my music folder into the playlist the browser and playlist organisation in foobar (which is still pretty basic rrally) was something of a revelation. Despite the name and logo it doesn't have some impenetrable 'alien' themed interface. Haven't managed to get MilkDrop running in yet though. Something to do with misaing DirectX.

Perhaps MusicBee is the next thing to investigate.

Thank You (Fattekin Mice Elf Control Again) (Noel Emits), Thursday, 22 August 2019 10:56 (eleven months ago) link

got this looking smart now...

meaulnes, Thursday, 22 August 2019 12:37 (eleven months ago) link

I'm using iTunes (mac) as the library manager, and the Plex app (phone) and PlexAmp (laptop) as players.

Siegbran, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:37 (eleven months ago) link

xpp winamp

right click folder -enqueue in winamp- and drag and drop both work

if what you were saying is that you want to fully integrate a file browser into the winamp media library (ie no import), The Ultimate Media Library Plugin works (I just tested on winamp v5.8 build 3660 x86)

ilm jive mind (FlopsyDuck), Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:30 (eleven months ago) link

three months pass...

my entire digital library of approx 64gb is now on a tiny little sd card inside in my phone. i picked up a sony phone earlier this year just for its amp stage and flac compatibility. there was a noticeable audio difference between the model and the other handsets in the store at the time. anyway, grandma is happy. what's your android music software of choice? all the ones i've looked up are ugly...

meaulnes, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 10:38 (eight months ago) link

right now, samsung music app better than any other I've tried. it wasn't actually bundled with my samsung phone though, guess they have some deal to put other apps on there. I want to edit music (deleting & sorting mostly) in the app, and everything else I find is for listening only.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 10:46 (eight months ago) link

I use the paid version of Poweramp and I'm very happy with it. By the way, you have that SD card backed up, right?

van dyke parks generator (anagram), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 10:49 (eight months ago) link

yeah, please say you do, card in my s4 got fried when it was overheated, completely unrecoverable.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 10:51 (eight months ago) link

oh god yeah i'm not a donut. gdrive & ssd backup!

meaulnes, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 10:52 (eight months ago) link

also if anyone knows any android music apps that have proper id3 editing functionality, especially with multiple files at once, please do tell

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 10:53 (eight months ago) link

I use three so I can keep different playlists going without having to start them again - BlackPlayer, PowerAmp & Play Music

BlackPlayer lets you edit id3 info either individually or an album at a time

groovypanda, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 11:22 (eight months ago) link

what I would really like is something integrated with google assistant, so I could say "google, delete this track" while I'm driving, and it actually deletes it rather than removing it from the play queue, guess this is science fiction still

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 11:29 (eight months ago) link

I love blackplayer but I can't figure out how to make it work with my DAC :(

Simon H., Wednesday, 27 November 2019 11:45 (eight months ago) link

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