The problem with iTunes is that it’s not just a music player. It’s a whole freakin’ mall of media. Music, yes, but TV shows, music videos, internet radio, movies, and podcasts, too. And that’s not to mention the App Store for iPhone and iPad. Is there a better way to listen to music on a Mac?
VOX Is Free To Play
Just to prevent the monotony from taking over my Mac life, I’ll dig around and try out other music players. It’s unlike I’ll ever ditch iTunes, I just don’t want it in my face all the time.
About a year ago I tried VOX, a Mac music player. It was OK, but the latest version out just this week is worthy of another go.
VOX is all about music. No store. No clutter. Just your iTunes playlist, a modest array of music controls, and a subtle use of album art.
The player can be controlled from the app, from the Dock, or main menu controls.
VOX uses MusicBrainz and LastFM databases to search for missing album art. There’s even a built-in equalizer and an option to play music without gaps between songs.
Power users can use the keyboard media keys, Apple remote, or even headphones with buttons to control music.
As you can see, VOX controls are aesthetically pleasing to the eye, yet easy to use. VOX works with AirPlay, and has a few advanced features for audiophiles including 5.1 or 7.1 support, HOG mode, and can convert stereo to binaural in your headphones using built-in Bauer DSP technology.
VOX is free. What else do you need to know? I worry often about business models for apps that are free, and VOX is no exception. How do they make any money? There’s a single built-in In App Purchase option for internet radio.
Nicely done, Apple-like, easy to setup and use, and far more pleasing to the eye than the iTunes Media Mall.