I am looking for a reliable programme to play my iTunes music. The iTunes client for me stops me from listening to music and using photoshop at the same time. Ones of them crashes or both after a while. So is there a alternative that has low memory usage.
If just listening to music
winamp foobar songbird wmp (is better than itunes imho)
If you need it because of the ipod
songbird winamp foobar (my favorite currently) or any of the other
To be honest I tried itunes once, and stop using it after seeing it's memory usage and the fact it died when it was trying to open my music (all of it) Not to mention I don't like the interface.
On the other hand, foobar keeps a nice 40k even when it opens everything - even stuff over the network, and you can more or less can make it look however you want. And I think it even has plugins for itunes lossy and lossless audio formats.
These all play mp4s?
WMP can't. Or my version at least. Ill update and see.
Im pretty sure you can play mp4's on winamp and most 3rd party made apps.
actually WMP can with the right codec packs :P Mine can for instance.
But just checked the foobar page and this is what it should support natively
* Audio formats supported natively: MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, MPC, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC / Ogg FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, AU, SND, CDDA, WMA, Matroska. * Full unicode support. * Customizable user interface layout. * Advanced tagging capabilities. * Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component. * ReplayGain support - both playback and calculation. * Gapless playback support * Customizable keyboard shortcuts. * Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player
Features added using optional official components
* Audio formats supported through official components: APE, ALAC. * Playback statistics. * Kernel streaming support. * ASIO support. * WASAPI output support.
Also keep in mind, that the iTunes mp3 encoder is horrendously badly optimsed and 320CBR mpr3's can be reduced by much as 20% in size as opposed to lame encoded ones.
There is no discussion here, unless you need a native Linux app. It's small, fast and configurable to no end.