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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:59 pm 
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For those that don't like to be under the thumb, I can recommend Clementine...

https://www.clementine-player.org

Cons:
Only takes up 1/3rd the space of iTunes, leaving a gaping empty spot on your drive.
Unable to ask for your Apple ID.
Only 20 Internet choices for Music & such.
Unable to make 12 song icons fill a 4K monitor.
Your Scroll wheel may get rusty from lack of use.
Doesn't play Randy Meers visuals like Soundjam MP did.
Much longer name than iTunes.
Lack of invisible controls is disappointing.
Freedom to use your Music how you want can be frightening to all but the very brave.
No cryptic Mouse overs can be daunting.
Must be dozens more cons...


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:04 pm 
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That does look interesting. I've actually taken to use VLC for everything but its playlist leaves much to be desired.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:11 am 
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VLC's conversion mechanism also sucks. It works, but fuck if it isn't a) inconsistent and b) a clusterfuck of unintuitiveness.

Still waiting for a usable batch MP3 to WAV converter for OS X. Tons of MP3 to other lossy formats, but not WAV. Sadly xACT, despite its awesome feature set, somehow doesn't have MP3 to WAV capability. This despite having FLAC to WAV conversion.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:20 am 
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ST, have you tried these?

https://www.freac.org

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/to-wav- ... 5583?mt=12


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:18 am 
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Just tried it. It works. Took some annoying configuration, but being that it's free I can't really complain about that since it did have the options I was looking for even if they were buried. The UI is really finnicky though. You have to get the cursor on just the right spot to click buttons. This likely comes from using the Windows UI guidelines for an OS X app. Not a deal breaker, but frustrating, especially at higher resolutions where the buttons are smaller on the display and thus harder to click in.

It at least has full cdparanoia like the Max 0.9.1 app does, so that's a plus. The downside for CD ripping and why I probably won't use it for that purpose, is that unlike Max, it can't do ripping to both WAV and FLAC in one pass (Max does both sequentially for each file in a single pass, eliminating a lot of work on the end user's part).

For anyone using the free:ac app, a word of warning: The default output filename creates folders when the originating file has tag/metadata info. If you just want to create the same filename but with the transcoded extension (e.g. when transcoding to WAV from MP3 and you want the filename to be <filename>.WAV), you need to select <filename> from the list of options for output filename. Otherwise the files will each have their own folder based on artist name and the transcoded filename will be Artist - Album - Filename.extension, which clutters things fast (especially apparent when I just tried to transcode my DDR5 OST set).

This app will probably only really see use as an MP3 to WAV batch converter for me, but it does its just remarkably fast even on a spinning platter HD.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:36 am 
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Thanks for the info ST. :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:10 pm 
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I miss SoundApp.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:09 pm 
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I wonder what drove SoundApp away from development?

WE all know what happened to the Great Soundjam MP. :(


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:50 am 
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SoundApp was freaking awesome. Quicktime playback with a playlist that was easy to use. And lightweight too. MacAmp was good too, though I was frustrated that it didn't have the plugin support that its Windows version had so I could listen to VGM tracks easily. Thankfully CrossOver takes care of that (and even lets me output to both HDMI and disk at 192 KHz depending on the plugin).

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:32 pm 
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I think SoundApp was the pet project of the guy while he was a student at Stanford and has since graduated and moved on. Its possible he didn't feel like reinventing that entire wheel in OS X while not being paid to do it. Not that I blame the guy at all.

One of these days I'm going to have to decide what I'm going to do with all my 4:1 MACE compressed audio clips. My G5 can run Classic through 10.4 so theoretically I should be able to convert them to WAV or another more compatible format via SoundApp.


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