You know what? I’m tired of iTunes. Sure, Apple’s music player was great back in the day, bit it’s long in the tooth, and whatever elegance existed in early iTunes versions are lost in Apple’s constant attempts to sell me more music, TV shows, movies, and apps.
What this country needs is a good five-cent music player. The bad news is that the competition to iTunes is thin. The good news is that you can get a good Mac music player for less than five cents.
The Free Mac Music Player
It’s not that iTunes is so bad. It plays music, makes playlists, streams internet radio stations, and syncs up my various and sundry iDevices with ease.
The iTunes music player is still stuck in 1999. The rest of iTunes is like looking for one thing at the mall.
You can’t just go to a mall and buy one thing. It’s not allowed. iTunes has become everything to everyone and along the way lost any semblance of elegance and simplicity.
Both elegance and simplicity are stuffed into Songbird, the free, open-source music player alternative for the Mac.
The first thing you’ll notice about Songbird on your Mac is that it looks and feels like iTunes. Minus all the stores.
Songbird features the familiar music Library of iTunes, and you can build music playlists until the cows come home.
It even syncs to a variety of portable music devices and phones.
Songbird also gives you recommendations for new music and artists based on those you play the most.
And, you can buy albums and songs through Songbird using a non-iTunes service that specializes in MP3 music.
CDs are so 1999 but Songbird has an add-on to burn CDs. It also supports MP3, AAC, WAV audio formats, plus OGG, FLAC, and WMA. And, Songbird plays video files and even syncs the Library to and from iTunes.
If iTunes is cluttering your brain and draining your credit cards, Songbird aims to ease the pain, and get you back to 1999 elegance, sans-Napster.