iTunes is more of a media mall than a music player. On the other hand, the free Clementine app for the Mac is a tried and true blue music player that goes way beyond playlists and brings you more internet radio than you knew existed.
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The beauty of iTunes is also iTunes’ downfall. It’s more akin to going to the media mall– everything is there.
iTunes has music, internet radio, iTunes radio, playlists, TV shows, movies, videos, and it often stimulates the all important desire to give money to Apple.
Clementine, on the other hand, is a free multi-platform music player which pretty much does one thing and does it well.
It plays music. Music from iTunes. Music from the internet. Music you have stored in Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and more. Music from CDs. It even copies music from your Mac to your iPhone, iPod, or other USB players.
Clementine’s internet radio options are unparalleled. Listen to internet radio from Spotify, Grooveshark, Last.fm, SomaFM, Magnatune, Jamendo, SKY.fm, Digitally Imported, JAZZRADIO.com, Soundcloud, Icecast and Subsonic servers.
Or, just manage playlists from whatever music is stored on your Mac already.
Clementine lets you create dynamic playlists and smart playlists on the fly, plus you can import or export M3U, XSPF, ASX, or PLS files. There’s built-in support for CUE sheet, as well as options to grab lyrics, photos, and artist bios. And, podcasts, of course.
Album cover art comes from Last.fm and Amazon, and Clementine even lets you edit song tags (MP3 and OGG) but also transcode songs into MP3, FLAC, AAC, Ogg Vorbis or Speex.
Not bad, right? Clementine is much more than a mere music playlist player. It runs on Macs, Windows PCs, and a bunch of Linux distributions. It’s free and won’t try to sell you anything.