The problem is with what iTunes has become. In the early days it was a music player which managed music. These days iTunes is the world’s largest digital media mall and simply managing and listening to music is lost among the stores. Here’s how to find your way back to music.
Manage. Play. Smile.
Mac users don’t have many choices beyond iTunes, but one of the best is an extremely popular music manager and player app called Swinsian, much revered by those who revere music, not mall shopping.
Swinsian is what iTunes would have been had it stayed iTunes, and not morphed into a mega-media-mall app that tries hard to be all things to all people and fails most of the time.
What you get is an app that’s instantly familiar and usable– it looks and feels a bit like iTunes of yesteryear– but with just enough features to make it a more pleasant user experience.
Think music, album artwork, playlists, tag editor, dupe finder, transport controls, keyboard shortcuts, library stats, and even Podcast downloading.
But no pressure to buy the latest album from Taylor Swift or search through 10-million songs to find that big hit by the Reflections from back in the 60s (the one my dad turns up real loud when he’s driving down I-70 on the way home from work).
Swinsian is about playing music, managing music, enjoying music– and not about mall shopping for music, TV shows, music videos, movies, and internet radio stations.
Not only will Swinsian import music from iTunes, it’ll play some audio formats that iTunes doesn’t, including Flac, MP3, AAC, ALAC, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, WAV, Opus, AC3, AIFF and APE. There’s even a Desktop Widget which makes visual viewing and listening a bit more pleasurable on a Mac with a crowded screen.
Swinsian does give you controls over columns, an art grid, a song browser option, and a playlist window so you can see what’s playing, what’s next.
What Swinsian does do is act much like iTunes acts today, with an overwhelming number of options and distractions. Left unchecked or unchanged, iTunes’ success will bring about its demise. Swinsinan takes you back to the good old days, when men were men, and music was music.