All kinds of other Mac apps can play music and even edit music. Beyond Garageband, these include Ocenaudio, Amadeus, Twisted Wave and many others, including QuickTime Player. What’s missing is a Mac app that plays music or audio files, but also selects other Mac apps that do the same. Here it is.
Play With Quick Play
All Quick Play does is play music or audio files on your Mac. It’s the ‘how it does it’ that’s interesting.
First of all, Quick Play is what it says in the app title. It plays music or audio files with a click and with very few audio bells and whistles.
Second, Quick Play will display a list of music in the app’s sidebar, nicely organized as a browser in a folder hierarchy. Click on a folder of songs or audio and select the one to play.
Third, the app will play the audio itself, but also gives you the option to play it in another Mac audio app; QuickTime, iTunes, VLC, or anything else that plays audio on a Mac.
Finally, Quick Play plays music and audio in a variety of the basic audio formats– MP3, M4A, FLAC, OGG, Wave and many others.
If a giant player with playlists seems a bit daunting, Quick Play also collapses to just the bare play essentials; a transport window with stop, start, pause, shuffle and time– and nothing else.
Quick Play doesn’t cost much, but hits the top threshold of throwaway money on the Mac App Store (which usually does not have trial apps). Fortunately, the developer has a free trial version.