This is not a trick question. How do you manage your music collection on your Mac? iTunes, right? That’s the case for most Mac users.
What if you have music in your collection in some of the more esoteric audio file formats? Flac, Ogg Vorbis, APE. What about WMA or WAV? What if you just want a music manager and player that’s not iTunes?
Play Swinsian For Me, Misty
Without doing a scientific survey, I’m willing to bet that iTunes is the music manager and player for about 99-percent of all Mac users. So, why bother using a different app?
First, iTunes has become a behemoth app. It’s not just a music player or music manager.
iTunes is a media manager, a player, a store for music, movies, TV shows, iPhone and iPad apps, even eBooks.
Second, iTunes doesn’t play some popular audio files which are available to music lovers. Enter the oddly named Swinsian, which, oddly enough, plays other oddly named audio files.
Swinsian is like iTunes, so the interface is immediately familiar, but without the Store and the multi-media options.
The focus is audio, but with a few handy options built-in. There’s the familiar Library, which lists all your music and podcasts.
Library and Playlists are displayed in the left hand column. Details of what’s playing and what’s in the Library are displayed on the right.
Swinsian’s interface is recognizable, simple, and easy to use. The player handles more audio file formats than iTunes, including Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, APE, WAV, as well as MP3, M4A, AAC, WMA, and AIFF. It’ll even play protected AAC files that iTunes plays.
Two more handy features include Folder Watching (an automated way to watch folders for downloaded audio tracks which can be added to the Library), and Podcasts (which manage Podcast subscriptions).
Like iTunes, Swinsian will fetch album art online, supports smart playlists and gapless playback, and there’s even Last.fm integration. You could even call it iTunes Lite, because Swinsian is much easier to use, far less cluttered, and handles a few audio file formats that audio aficionados may prefer.
All of this simplicity comes at a price, of course. Swinsian isn’t free, but might be want you need to simplify your cluttered iTunes life.