Got a problem with iTunes on the Mac? Of course you do. iTunes once was the premier music player for Mac. Think Rip. Mix. Burn. And, of course Napster and MP3s. These days iTunes is a monstrous beast of an application.
iTunes has become a mega-mall of media. Not only does it play music, movies, videos, and TV shows, iTunes also lets you buy or rent all of those without leaving your keyboard. What if all you want to do is play some music and not be enticed into a buying mode?
Our basic philosophy at Mac360 is to review applications we would use ourselves, recommend to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers– knowing there is a bit of support involved in the process. We don’t bother too often with the major applications from Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, et al, but look for useful apps and utilities that give you a warm and fuzzy jolt of dopamine and keep you away from credit card cha-ching.
Enter Tiny Player for Mac. Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is.
Tiny Player is a small, lightweight, unobtrusive, utterly simplistic music player with all the basics. It plays MP3s, but also FLAC, AAC, AIFF, and WAV files. You can set up Tiny Player with a playlist. It comes with transport controls to play and pause and skip forward or backwards. It displays the time elapsed in a slider bar.
Perhaps the most notable feature is that Tiny Player is not iTunes so you’re not likely to get lost while trying to play music or build a playlist.
In fact, Tiny Player is drag and drop. Find a song in the Finder, drag and drop into the Tiny Player window to add to a playlist. Tiny Player uses the Mac’s built-in sound system so songs will sound, well, exactly like the ones in iTunes. What’s missing are all the iTunes bells and whistles and clutter. What I would like to see is a built-in equalizer, but that’s a minor issue.
Not bad for free, right?