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Re: Best Media Player...?

Postby OneWorld » Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:45 pm

The Elf wrote:I also found Foobar too complex and fussy. VLC is quick and simple.

Same here with Foobar. Apart from VLC I use SMPlayer, it's a portable app, like VLC plays anything you throw at it and there's a 'stay on top' setting which I find quite useful
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Re: Best Media Player...?

Postby ConcertinaChap » Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:53 am

The Elf wrote:I also found Foobar too complex and fussy. VLC is quick and simple.

That is a concern. VLC, as has been said, plays anything, a statement that is also true of video (e.g. transport stream files from my PVR play beautifully in VLC) so VLC will remain on my machine. Does anyone know if Foobar2000 components work on Macs? The website is unclear on this.

EDIT: no, you can't. There is no option on the menu for installing components and as components are implemented as DLLs I wouldn't expect them to work on Macs anyway.

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Re: Best Media Player...?

Postby John Willett » Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:10 pm

ConcertinaChap wrote:
The Elf wrote:I also found Foobar too complex and fussy. VLC is quick and simple.

That is a concern. VLC, as has been said, plays anything, a statement that is also true of video (e.g. transport stream files from my PVR play beautifully in VLC) so VLC will remain on my machine. Does anyone know if Foobar2000 components work on Macs? The website is unclear on this.

EDIT: no, you can't. There is no option on the menu for installing components and as components are implemented as DLLs I wouldn't expect them to work on Macs anyway.

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I have found, certainly for video, that VLC is my No.1 choice - it can diaplay the correct aspect ratio of whatever I play through it - others can't. :thumbup:
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Re: Best Media Player...?

Postby Elephone » Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:14 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:Hmmm...

Just tried to download foobar to try it out. It sends me to a microsoft download site which requires me to log into a microsoft account.

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I never had this problem. I just downloaded it directly from the Foobar website.

Looks pretty complex. Not sure how it'll work with my albums with them being in different formats (MP3 or FLAC). The waveform is too close up (by default anyway) to be of use for navigating to different areas of audio.

I was thinking of something more like WMP, but with a long window showing the waveform (like SoundCloud) with a few buttons underneath that allow you to stretch/re-pitch, and reverse the audio (useful for certain kinds of music making).

The main purpose in my case is to audition bits of audio (drum hits, etc) and quickly hear what they sound like re-pitched, stretched, reversed.

Since Reaper is my DAW of choice, I'll try Reaper Media Explorer I didn't even know was there!
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Re: Best Media Player...?

Postby Zukan » Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:31 am

I'm a VLC, iTunes, Media Player kinda guy. In other words, whatever is available a click away.

VLC serves me the best if I had to be honest.
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Re: Best Media Player...?

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:22 am

Given that so many people are recommending VLC as easy to use, I must give it a try, although I've now spent so much time configuring foobar2000 to my liking that I doubt that I will change over ;)


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Re: Best Media Player...?

Postby The Elf » Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:35 am

Martin Walker wrote:Given that so many people are recommending VLC as easy to use, I must give it a try, although I've now spent so much time configuring foobar2000 to my liking...
An important difference. The only thing I ever had to do with VLC is set the startup volume to a fixed level.
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Re: Best Media Player...?

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:58 pm

I'm all Apple these days so I'm an iTunes guy (my wife's computer is an iMac so that I didn't have to keep up with both OSX and Windoze). It annoys me the way they keep changing it (and makes lots of work 'cos my wife used iTunes for organising the music for here ballet school, and iPads/iPhones for playing it, every time they change something I have a few weeks of trying to make it work how she likes it).

Windows used to be as bad or worse and IME needed much more fettling to get it to play nice, at least with the fruit it all pretty much works out of the box...... Still drives me up the wall though :headbang:
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Re: Best Media Player...?

Postby resistorman » Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:51 pm

Hey Sam, I think this is still on topic, but I believe iTunes is going away. I can recommend Go Button or SoundCue as iOS playback for productions, though they may be overkill for your wife’s needs.
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Re: Best Media Player...?

Postby John Willett » Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:04 pm

Sam Spoons wrote:I'm all Apple these days

VLC works well on a Mac :thumbup:

I am all Mac - though I have to keep an old PC running for the DAW which is PC only :madas:
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Re: Best Media Player...?

Postby ConcertinaChap » Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:23 am

Sam Spoons wrote:every time they change something I have a few weeks of trying to make it work how she likes it).

Ah, in house unpaid tech support ... my sympathy from a fellow service provider.

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Re: Best Media Player...?

Postby Sam Spoons » Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:55 am

Actually, I do receive a small stipend for my services :D
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