Name a free and popular music player that millions of Mac users rely on for pristine music playback, a music platter that’s been around since 2007, and it’s not called iTunes?
It might just be the one music player you’ll use instead of iTunes. Don’t get me wrong. iTunes works, but let’s face it. It’s the media mall of Mac apps and players. Everything but Prego is in there, gumming up the visuals, cluttering your eyes and ears.
VOX is simple, elegant, sophisticated, but don’t let the free price fool you. VOX can pull up music– lossy or lossless– from nearly any music library on your Mac and play innearly any audio format. It outputs to AirPlay. It creates personalized VOX playlists. It scrobbles to Last.fm. It finds missing album artwork. It works with Apple Remote. It has a built-in equalizer with presets and custom mode, and convert music to 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound. The online radio function is an extra cost feature.
And, you can convert stereophonic audio in your headphones to binaural using Bauer DSP technology (BS2B). Try that in iTunes. VOX is also visually professional yet decidedly elegant and simple to use.
Once it loads your iTunes music library you’re good to go.
VOX can be controlled using the Mac’s keyboard, and it automatically pauses when the headphones are removed. For Mac users with disparate music libraries, VOX can play audio stored on network or NAS devices.
Preferences are extensive and include options for multiple playlists (and sources), volume and crossfading, separate outputs, customizable keyboard shortcuts, and much more.
Frankly, VOX is just more pleasant and ear pleasing to use than iTunes. That said, VOX isn’t really a library manager. It’s a player of playlists, so you won’t be able to discard iTunes.
VOX is a remarkable value. The only niggles I really have is navigating my iTunes library in VOX. iTunes is easier, but that’s the value of extensive screen real estate. VOX also mis-assigned some songs to the wrong artist.