These days, iTunes is a media player that’s not content to focus on music. It does movies, TV shows, books management , apps, podcasts, internet radio, and more. Mac audiophiles also have music in file formats that iTunes just can’t handle.
If only there were another music player for the Mac.
Manage, Play Music Without iTunes
It’s not that I don’t like using iTunes to play songs from my music collection. It’s just that iTunes might be the most distracting app Apple makes.
Sure, it can be minimized and takes up less screen real estate, but other than trying to sell you more music, TV shows, or movies iTunes is stuck in MP3-land or AAC universe.
Swinsian is a Mac music manager and player that unclutters the playing experience. There’s no store inside Swinsian so right away you can concentrate on playlists.
iTunes Music Player handles the basic audio files like MP3, AAC, AIFF, WAV, and a few others, but Swinsian covers the rest, including WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AC3, APE and more.
The user interface is reminiscent of iTunes in the early days. Library and Playlists.
But Swinsian comes with advanced tag editing. And, it will copy both music and playlists from your iPhone or iPod.
If you’ve used iTunes to manage your Playlists, Swinsian can import the entire Library, including play counts and playlists.
All of this is what you’d expect in an iTunes music player replacement, but there are caveats that go beyond the price tag.
Swinsian doesn’t work on all iPod models, and provides only partial support for iPads and iPhones.
There’s a price to pay when you leave Apple’s walled garden. Swinsian is great as a Mac player and song manager, but doesn’t play nice-nice with Apple’s other music playing products.