Alternatives to iTunes: 5 Best Free Music Players for macOS

MakeUseOf | 9/16/2019 | Joel Lee
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iTunes is the best music player for Mac users as far as convenience. Every new computer comes with it pre-installed, and if you have an iPod, iPhone, or iPad, you’ll need it to sync music and back up your device.

But there are valid reasons to dislike iTunes. The rise of Spotify and other music streaming services have made iTunes less useful, not to mention that iTunes software is slow and bloated.

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Unless you’re absolutely tied to the iTunes ecosystem for some reason and have no choice but to use it, consider switching to one of these alternative music player apps for Mac.

Vox Player isn’t just a beautiful music app for Mac; it’s one of the few music players that can properly handle hi-res music. It’s our top recommendation for best hi-res music players for Mac, and once you’re using it, you’ll also want to start listening to hi-res music on your iPhone or iPad.

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Vox Player comes with all you’d expect in a music player, including speed and performance. It supports FLAC playback, music organization features, built-in internet radio, and you can also connect it to SoundCloud and Last.FM.

One more feature to note: Vox offers an optional Premium plan, which comes with unlimited cloud storage and playback for your music files, synchronizing playlists across devices, advanced 10-band equalizer presets, BS2B, and Hog Mode that silences all other sounds so you can listen to your music uninterrupted by alerts and notifications.

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If you’re looking for a feature-packed but lightweight music player, you might want to try Strawberry Music Player. This nifty music player app was forked from the now-defunct Clementine back in 2018, and provides all the power you need in an MP3 player without any bloat.

Music management is Strawberry’s top selling point. It comes with a cover manager, queue manager, playlist management tools,...
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