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  1. #1
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    Any Mac users who don't use iTunes?

    I've got a Mac and use iTunes to rip/organize all my music files, but I don't use the iTunes Music Store because a)I have a problem with DRM and b) I especially have a problem with DRM that prevents me from streaming to my Squeezebox. So I'm wondering if there's a good alternative to iTunes for OS X out there, especially since my next MP3 player will probably be non-Apple. I guess what I'm looking for is an all-non-Apple software and hardware solution that works on a Mac. Anyone go down this road?

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    Any Mac users who don't use iTunes?

    I use Lala.com to trade cds and rip them using iTunes. As far as
    buying music online I don't much. If you have access to your iTunes
    folder then you can copy mp3s to your non-apple mp3 player.

    On 6/28/06, jake <jake.2a5dlz1151557201 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:
    >
    > I've got a Mac and use iTunes to rip/organize all my music files, but I
    > don't use the iTunes Music Store because a)I have a problem with DRM
    > and b) I especially have a problem with DRM that prevents me from
    > streaming to my Squeezebox. So I'm wondering if there's a good
    > alternative to iTunes for OS X out there, especially since my next MP3
    > player will probably be non-Apple. I guess what I'm looking for is an
    > all-non-Apple software and hardware solution that works on a Mac.
    > Anyone go down this road?
    >
    >
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    I use a Mac but refuse to use the Itunes Music Store because I feel that DRM is a violation of my rights to play music that I have purchased on any device of my choice.

    I do, however, use iTunes to manage and digitize all my music. It is very good at those functions and integrates well with my various iPods and Slim Devices products.

    I choose not to buy music online (iTunes Music Store or others) to avoid DRM. I buy new music on physical CD media (mostly from Amazon because of overnight delivery) and immediately rip it into iTunes. This works quite well for me and gives me both digital and physical back ups.

    You do not have to use the iTunes Music Store in order to have iTunes manage your music library.

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    Re: Any Mac users who don't use iTunes?

    I also do not buy music online for the very same reason. I buy
    physical CD's then digitize. DRM is one reason. MP3 vs WAV, etc. I do
    use iTunes on my mac to handle the digitization of my music though.


    Jim



    On Jun 29, 2006, at 7:32 AM, jbuccino wrote:

    >
    > I use a Mac but refuse to use the Itunes Music Store because I feel
    > that
    > DRM is a violation of my rights to play music that I have purchased on
    > any device of my choice.
    >
    > I do, however, use iTunes to manage and digitize all my music. It is
    > very good at those functions and integrates well with my various iPods
    > and Slim Devices products.
    >
    > I choose not to buy music online (iTunes Music Store or others) to
    > avoid DRM. I buy new music on physical CD media (mostly from Amazon
    > because of overnight delivery) and immediately rip it into iTunes.
    > This
    > works quite well for me and gives me both digital and physical back
    > ups.
    >
    > You do not have to use the iTunes Music Store in order to have iTunes
    > manage your music library.
    >
    >
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    > jbuccino
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    > userid=1096
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  5. #5
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    I don't use iTunes to purchase music, also prefering to purchase CDs and rip to FLAC instead using the excellent Max utility.

    I have a couple of Applescripts that I use to transcode from FLAC to my iTunes library (MP3) for playback on the Mac itself and syncing to the iPod.

    I hope to have this more automated shortly, so that after ripping, the MP3 transcode is automatically generated and iTunes is automatically updated.

    -kefa.
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