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GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH SuperDork
5/18/10 10:32 a.m.

VLC, the only media player a (HT)PC ever needs.

Jay_W
Jay_W HalfDork
5/18/10 11:36 a.m.

There is a HUGE difference in sound quality 'tween win7 media player and winamp. Even not using the EQ, Winamp sounds way way better...

93celicaGT2
93celicaGT2 SuperDork
5/18/10 11:54 a.m.
Jay_W wrote: There is a HUGE difference in sound quality 'tween win7 media player and winamp. Even not using the EQ, Winamp sounds way way better...

This. Winamp has always sounded better than most players, and the gigantic library of plug-ins will appeal to the geeky-est of the geeks. I am a geek. I <3 winamp so much.

IT REALLY WHIPS THE LLAMA'S ASS

Opus
Opus Dork
5/18/10 12:07 p.m.

To rip, I use Winblows Media Player set to MP3 and 320 bit rate. I also have I tunes for music availability that I then burn to CD and re rip back to MP3 since Itunes can only talk to other apple products. Little more work, but I only have 125gb of music right now.

DoctorBlade
DoctorBlade Reader
5/18/10 1:50 p.m.

I have itunes, but I use Winamp for MP3 listening.

slefain
slefain Dork
5/18/10 2:13 p.m.

iTunes.

I miss WinAmp, but I'm not doing to dual-boot just to use it.

Groove Shark also.

motomoron
motomoron Reader
5/18/10 10:23 p.m.

The desktop application manager audit nanny IT services big brother thing at my day job...

~Finds and uninstalls iTunes!~ ...so a workaround had to be found.

Bear in mind what I needed was an iPod interface other than iTunes. I like to be able to navigate from playlists and such, so twiddling w/ the iPod all day while its connected to powered speakers w/ a 3.5mm stereo cable wasn't going to cut it.

My wife found me SHAREPOD which aside from requiring some codec to be downloaded is easy-peasy.

It lives in a folder on your desktop so the desktop application manager audit nanny IT services big brother thing doesn't seem to know it's there, and I can get a monitor tan while modelling pieces parts in SolidWorks and jumping from Stan Getz to The Dickies to Kix to mindless shoe-store music compilations....

93gsxturbo
93gsxturbo Reader
5/18/10 11:00 p.m.

Ive been running Winamp since 1998 and have never found a reason to use anything else for MP3s.

bamalama
bamalama Reader
5/18/10 11:01 p.m.
93gsxturbo wrote: Ive been running Winamp since 1998 and have never found a reason to use anything else for MP3s.

Same here. It really whips the llama's ass!

procainestart
procainestart Dork
5/19/10 1:08 a.m.

I use Exact Audio Copy to rip CDs.

http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH SuperDork
5/19/10 8:30 a.m.

iTunes (at least on Windows) is a horrible app. A huge bloated monstrosity that carries a payload of additional crapware when installed. I can see why an IT department would want to keep it off the computers, especially if the hardware isn't up to the job.

madmallard
madmallard New Reader
5/19/10 11:40 a.m.

Winamp here, its the easie to use if you're most familiar with home audio, i think.

Jay_W wrote: There is a HUGE difference in sound quality 'tween win7 media player and winamp. Even not using the EQ, Winamp sounds way way better...

I'm not sure if this is the case, but Win7 and Vista "severed" traditional directsound hardware acceleration. Winamp no longer can cut straight to the hardware like it used to so unless the Windows media player has something futzing with the sound by default, it should sound the same.

ep3_lol
ep3_lol New Reader
5/19/10 11:54 a.m.
GameboyRMH wrote: iTunes (at least on Windows) is a horrible app. A huge bloated monstrosity that carries a payload of additional crapware when installed. I can see why an IT department would want to keep it off the computers, especially if the hardware isn't up to the job.

But it's so shiny and cool and easy to use and Mac is so hip and and and

I just use WMP. Literally ALL of my friends use iTunes, even my Computer Science buddies. I don't understand it; Apple is against everything a computer scientist should stand for.

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH SuperDork
5/19/10 2:45 p.m.

Wow that is weird. If you're into computers, Apple is killing your hobby AND your job prospects. It would be like a GRMer buying one of those "lump sum rental" luxury cars like the Maybach (McLaren F1s were sold on similar terms).

ep3_lol
ep3_lol New Reader
5/19/10 8:22 p.m.

Exactly! There's a few CS students that even have and swear by whole Mac computers. It baffles me.

mtn
mtn SuperDork
5/19/10 8:35 p.m.

I use itunes, because I have an Ipod. Gotta have the itunes, so might as well use it.

Although I usually use Youtube, or get out some good old vinyl.

DILYSI Dave
DILYSI Dave SuperDork
5/19/10 9:55 p.m.
GameboyRMH wrote: iTunes (at least on Windows) is a horrible app. A huge bloated monstrosity that carries a payload of additional crapware when installed. I can see why an IT department would want to keep it off the computers, especially if the hardware isn't up to the job.

It has worked fine for me on the half dozen or so Windows machines I've used it on. Sure - you have to uncheck the box that allows quicktime to take over all your media, but beyond that, it runs flawlessly.

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