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Which music player do you use?

As of a couple hours ago, I’m sitting in front of a freshly formatted computer. That’s right, after a couple of years of general “meh” towards my computer’s performance, I decided to take action and nuked all my partitions, dropped a new 1 TB drive for all my porn I mean music and a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit for good measure. I also plan to dual boot me some linux too.

Anyway, I’m pretty excited riding this wave of transcendental changes in my computing experience, so I decided to try new and unknown things to me. For instance, long are the Firefox days; I’ve been using Chrome for the past few hours and it feels nice. Got a couple of extensions, (which funnily enough, were made for Firefox converts) and now it seems like the Google browser and I have known each other forever. I’m still kinda weirded out by the way it handles downloads, in a separate tab and all. But I do think there’s advantages in that. What I still can’t forgive and never will is the name. Why “Chrome”? Why? Is it some terribly smart inside joke I’m not getting or is it just lame?

So following in the same spirit, I decided to ditch iTunes in favor of something new and cool. It’s not that I hate iTunes, the software actually does a pretty good job of keeping your library organized and allows you to make playlists very easily. Also there’s the fact that it’s the only application that supports syncing to my iPod without too much fuss. But I do hate the fact that it’s made by those Apple bastards. Besides, surely there must be something better out there right?

I went over to the legendary Winamp website to try and see what was what, and decided to get the fuck out of there when I read that the free version won’t allow full speed CD ripping and recording. It’s limited to 2x. What the shit? So I said fuck this and then downloaded Songbird because hey, these Mozilla dudes did the Firefox thing and it was good. Turns out that in order to go to the next song on this crap you have to press Ctrl+Right Arrow. What kind of asshole thought of that? Sure, let’s have them press another key why not. There’s not even a way to change the hot keys. Jesus. I downloaded foobar2000 as well since that shit’s supposed to be the geek’s music player, and I’ve always thought of myself as a somewhat computer-literate person, but this shit is ridiculous. I spent the first 10 minutes trying to add a song to my library, and then another 10 trying to play it.

So what the fuck? Am I destined to forever suffer from Steve Jobs appearing every night in my dreams telling me that there’s a new fucking update for iTunes that’s like 840 MB big with no noticeable impact on the application or is there truly a good music player out there? Help me out dudes.

7 Responses to “Which music player do you use?”
  • Whiplash says:

    MediaMonkey dude

  • Doomhelm says:

    Try the Zune software pretty slick and easy to use.

  • Zach says:

    I’ve been telling him Media Monkey, he won’t listen

  • Gogo says:

    Im going with spotify (mostly cuse i have premium for a year) but it might not be avalible in nicaragua? Its great when you only want a “music player”, cuse it dont support cd-ripping and stuff like that (i use itunes for that)

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  • kange says:

    MediaMonkey easily covers your concerns, I just don’t like how bulky it is as far as memory usage (about the same as iTunes). great for iPods/mp3/mobile devices, i plugged in my phone and the program immediately picked it up.
    i use winamp on my laptop cuz it’s so light and i can just dump my whole music directory in and hit play, and on the desktop i use foobar.

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