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Old 05-31-2011, 10:44 PM
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I would absolutely love some community input on this one.

I use a media player exclusively for listening to music. I use VLC to watch any videos I have, but VLC works better for me as an on-demand player, not something I have managing my extensive music library.

I used to use Windows Media Player, which I enjoyed using, and liked the interface. However, it was entirely too slow so I ended up dumping it for iTunes. I cannot stand iTunes what-so-ever except for the Genius feature. I used it for a solid two years--pain, agony, and all--for the sole purpose of its Genius feature. After two years of GUI atrocity, I ended up switching to WinAmp, which is where I am now. WinAmp has a more complex interface, but the multiple windows (Smart Views or something?) are great. However, it's playlist-creating plugin does not work. I remember reading something about it failing after something like 10,000 songs or some kind of hard limit. And it does. It crashes and locks up my WinAmp, and loses the entire library it built in the process, forcing me to re-built it.

So I've been using WinAmp for the past two years now. I like it's interface, but I desperately want a plugin or program that will build a playlist like iTunes' Genius did.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Either a plugin, or even a separate program that will handle my library? Perhaps a different media player all together with similar features or interface as WinAmp, something that takes the best of the three I've used?

EDIT: Windows 7 Professional 64

I like open source too, but I'm not opposed to spending money if it's good.

Last edited by Konraden; 05-31-2011 at 11:23 PM..
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:56 PM
Location: Kailua, Oahu, HI and San Diego, CA
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This doesn't answer what you asked, but .......................

Have you tried building "Stations" on Pandora Radio? You won't get all the individual tracks you want, but I like their choices for the categories I put in.

Pandora Radio - Listen to Free Internet Radio, Find New Music
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:23 PM
Location: Whittier
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I really don't have a preference. I used to use Winamp (early 2000's) and now use iTunes, but now my mp3s are collecting digital dust. So I can't really help you.

A quick search reveals this: Rhythmbox Alternatives and Similar Software - AlternativeTo.net

This one looks polished: Songbird - Welcome

Though like the poster above, I've been listening to a lot of Pandora and now Mog. I liked Mog so much I bought a subscription. It's really easy, there's lots of eclectic and familiar music, and best of all I don't have to deal with iTunes.
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Old 06-01-2011, 08:20 PM
Location: Brooklyn
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You might find this very useful...give it a try and let me know how you like it.
You can create an account for free and upload your music and can add from Grooveshark search, create playlists, etc....
Grooveshark - Listen to Free Music Online - Internet Radio - Free MP3 Streaming
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:22 AM
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Not sure about the plugin you mentioned but the best audio player I have used is foobar2000, simple and very powerful.


If it doesn't have the feature you want browse the components you can add. The base product is intended to be lightweight.
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