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Ask Slashdot: Best FLOSS iTunes Replacement In 2013? 317

Posted by timothy
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First time accepted submitter cs80 writes "I've been looking high and low for a decent, open-source, cross-platform audio player that can import an existing iTunes library and sort my files based on their ID3 tags. Nightingale, with its iTunes-like interface, would have been the obvious answer, but its file organization feature was pulled for being too buggy. What open-source audio player did you migrate to after dumping iTunes?"
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Ask Slashdot: Best FLOSS iTunes Replacement In 2013?

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 06, 2013 @10:35PM (#45624139)
    winamp always worked for me. So simple, so tiny...
  • best solution (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 06, 2013 @10:38PM (#45624155)

    fuck your iTunes library. Set up mpd with a decent client like ncmpcpp. Light years ahead of Apple bloatware.

  • Clementine (Score:5, Informative)

    by maugle (1369813) on Friday December 06, 2013 @10:47PM (#45624203)
    I like Clementine, mostly because it seems to be the only music player in existence which displays the image embedded in a song's MP3 file. All the others I've tried insist on displaying the same single image (which they found in the first song they happened to scan) for every song in my entire playlist.

    Also, If anyone knows of a music player for Android which can do the same, I'd love to hear of it.
  • Amarok/Clementine (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 06, 2013 @10:51PM (#45624219)

    They both have the same library management mechanisms, and come from the same place. There are a bunch of differences though.

    Clementine is more old school and the development team seems to focus on online services (spotify, grooveshark and whatnot).
    The playlist management is pretty basic though

    Amarok is flashier and has much fewer online services, but is top notch for automatic playlists, both the automatic playlist generator and the dynamic mode are awesome.
    There was a GSoC this year that brought to Amarok the ability to import and export libraries from a bunch of other media player (including iTunes).
    There's no official mac port though, because no Amarok developer uses a mac.

  • Shameless plug (Score:4, Informative)

    by gQuigs (913879) on Friday December 06, 2013 @10:59PM (#45624251) Homepage

    Ubuntu 12.04 Overview: []
    (also has a stuck on Windows section)

  • Re:Foobar 2000 (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 06, 2013 @11:36PM (#45624407)
    You've never used foobar2000, have you? I have used it for years and wouldn't imagine using anything else. It is completely user customizable and I have never "lost" a playlist. And yes, there is a central, user sortable media library in foobar2000. It's one of the core features.

    Nice troll though.
  • Logitech Mediaserver (Score:3, Informative)

    by m.hataj (1553191) on Friday December 06, 2013 @11:38PM (#45624425)
    This was the one and only serving a TB-size musiccollection well.
    You can stream to different speakers, laptops, mobile phones in parallel.
    It's really good as DLNA server and you can have him on Linux, Mac, Windows, NAS, BSD. []

    I'm not sure on the FLOSS status, there are a lot parts from this development on sourceforge and github.
    And yes, it's running local as your server without any ties to Logitech.
    Give version 7.7 up to 7.8 a try, higher ones are crippled.
  • Re:iTunes (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 06, 2013 @11:42PM (#45624439)

    I tried iTunes once. It installed crapware (Safari) and destroyed the file names of my entire music library, all without asking. I removed every trace of it right then and restored a backup of my music.

    From what I did use of it, it was slow and had the worst UI I have ever seen. The only reason anyone should ever used iTunes is if they are forced to (they own an iPod or iPhone) or if they are an idiot.

  • Re:Clementine (Score:4, Informative)

    by kevmeister (979231) on Saturday December 07, 2013 @12:06AM (#45624547)
    Rocket Player comes pretty close.It will allow my Android to do almost everything that an iPod will do including use the image from the file,though that has to be set in "Settings" or it will also use the image from the first song. The only place it fails is that it does not recognize the "Music Video" STIK.
  • by adamstew (909658) on Saturday December 07, 2013 @01:02AM (#45624777)

    Because it holds the key to millions of people's music that they paid for?

    The iTunes Music Store hasn't sold a song with DRM since April of 2009. Anyone who ever bought any song, that was DRM'd off the iTunes store is able to download a free DRM-free replacement anytime by logging in to their iTunes long as that music is still currently for sale on the iTunes store. Heck, that replacement copy will even be upgraded to 256kbps quality too! If the music is still not for sale on the iTunes store, then anyone can use the good-old-fashioned burn and re-rip method to remove the DRM.

  • by jo_ham (604554) <joham999 AT gmail DOT com> on Saturday December 07, 2013 @09:26AM (#45625969)

    The DRM still exists, it's just more subtle - they imbed your personal account info into the tracks you buy, so if you die and bequeath your music collection to your kids, they'll lose your entire music collection at best, and go to jail at worst - or possibly pay an exorbitant fine.

    Apple's claims of 'no drm' are bullshit, but most people seem to have bought into it (much like Google's 'do no evil' and look where that's gotten us). This blinkered acceptance comes part and parcel with the creeping surveillance society, apparently.

    You seem to not understand what DRM is.

    Tagging a file with your Apple ID is not DRM. What Apple is doing there is discouraging you from sharing your music with the entire internet, but not discouraging you from sharing it with your immediate friends and family.

    An iTunes file tagged with your Apple ID will play back on any music player capable of reading AAC files.

    If you die then your entire music collection isn't lost. It's just there on your hard drive. I wasn't aware that your hard drive got deleted when you die.

    Your kids certainly won't be sent to jail or fined for listening to it.

    Man, the Apple haters get crazier every passing day.

  • Re:iTunes (Score:5, Informative)

    by jo_ham (604554) <joham999 AT gmail DOT com> on Saturday December 07, 2013 @09:31AM (#45625993)

    or maybe
    1. software installs shouldn't default to bundling extra bullshit that really shouldn't be there in the first place?
    2. software shouldn't have features that mess with source files turned on as start up/initial defaults?

    itunes on windows is a piece of shit... hell so is quicktime. What started as a simple directshow/vfw codec turned into a monstrosity that installs tons of bullshit that is not necessary nor asked for.

    It doesn't mess with your source files by default.

    By default it copies the music you point it at on initial startup into its own folder. The source files are left 100% untouched, other than reading the data off the disk.

    Of course, this means that it essentially duplicates your music library on install, so if you're hurting for hard drive space you'll be in a world of hurt (i.e., you get duplicates of everything, thus doubling the size taken up by the music), but once it has read that initial folder of music it never touches it again. To counter this you can tell iTunes to work with the folder system you already have and to not manage it automatically. This is *not* the default option.

A motion to adjourn is always in order.