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  1. #1
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    Best alternative to iTunes

    I feel like the new boy at AA who says "My name is TobesEtc & I am an alcoholic"... but here goes:

    I've finally got fed up with Apple. iTunes has been a pain in the butt for as long as I remember. I've now lost my iPod Touch (which I used in the car) and have replaced it with my new phone (supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, WMA, AMR, WAV , FLAC, XMF, MID). That's now integrated into the car. I've got Duets all over the house (ok, I've got three).

    I'm thinking that maybe I should delete all my Apple Lossless files and re-rip them. If I'm going to do that I might as well start right from stratch.

    Should I use Windows Media Player? Should I try something else? What format should I go to? Advice please.

    Should I moce to a NAS? Oh, and I've got a premium Spotify account so maybe I should use that?
    Last edited by tobesetc; 2011-06-02 at 03:54.

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    You don't need to rerip anything, that is the main benefit of lossless files.

    Go and buy a copy of http://www.dbpoweramp.com/

    That will make transcoding the Apple lossless files to FLAC easy. And it is also the best Windows ripper for ripping future CDs.
    Last edited by andynormancx; 2011-06-02 at 04:55.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andynormancx View Post
    You don't need to rerip anything, that is the main benefit of lossless files.

    Go and buy a copy of http://www.dbpoweramp.com/

    That will make transcoding the Apple lossless files to FLAC for you. And it is also the best Windows ripper for ripping future CDs.
    +1 on dbpoweramp

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    +1 on dbpoweramp
    And Foobar2000 as player
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    dbpoweramp as the ripper.

    J River Media Center as the player.

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    +1 on dbpoweramp

    I prefer FLAC as the format.

    In regards of players there are many alternatives:
    - MusicBee
    - MediaMonkey
    - Foobar2000
    - Winamp
    - ...

    and since you have SBS running there is also Squeezeplay
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    MediaMonkey

    +1 on dbpoweramp

    Consider MediaMonkey as it syncs to quite a few mobile phones including Android devices.
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  8. #8
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    You could easily write a script using the info here:

    http://www.ziva-vatra.com/index.php?...d=U29mdHdhcmU=

    http://aidanjm.wordpress.com/2007/02...lac-in-ubuntu/

    Edit: For a player I'd use J.R. Media Center on Windows.

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