Cog Audio Player Mac Os X

Cog Audio Player Mac Os X

XMMS - Established Linux Audio Player (plugin available here) EasyTAG - Tag Editor for both Linux and Windows (native WavPack support) X Lossless Decoder - Mac OS X program to decode/convert/play lossless audio; Cog - Audio Player for Mac OS X (native WavPack support) Max - Audio Format Converter for Mac OS X (native WavPack support). Nov 19, 2017  tl:dr, What's the best MP3 player similar to Cog (or Foobar on windows) that uses a library feature where you can just open and play a file without having to 'add' anything to a library or song list? So my computer I've had for a few years now is a Mac (for personal work purposes) and I don't use my windows laptop anymore. ITunes worked ok for.

Get Inspiration

Swing DJs Facebook-Group Here you can discuss with other Swing DJs about different topics. Now more than 1000 members strong.

Swing DJs Forum Not active anymore but it’s still available as an archive with all the discussions from the past.

Hey Mister Jesse Podcast Host Jesse Miner & co-host Manu “Spuds” Smith are presenting every month a new show to hear music, interviews, listener feedback and news about the music swing dancers love. Since January 2006!

Kyle’s Swing Song Of The Day Kyle Smith presents on his Facebook Page “Great swing music from the classic era for everyone to enjoy.” Discontinued but still there.

DJ Chrisbe’s Song of the Week Every Monday, Christian Bossert features a new song that either is great for Lindy Hop, Balboa or Blues dancing, or has made Jazz history. Discontinued but you find all the songs here on this website.

Music Library Organization

TuneUp is a plug-in for iTunes and Windows Media Player to organize and repair your digital music library incl. removing duplicate content and adding album art. The plugin also offers music management and discovery tools within the iTunes interface. You can download and try TuneUp for free.

DJ Software / Media Players

Cog is a free open source audio player for Mac OS X. It supports many different formats. Quite popular among Swing DJs in combination with iTunes. iTunes as pre-listening player, and Cog as main player via external USB soundcard.

djay Pro 2is an affordable DJ system using the iTunes library and Spotify. djay Pro 2 is available for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android.

Exaile is a free open source python-based audio player available on Windows and Linux. The latest release candidate includes plugins that support pre-listening, advanced tag-based music categorization, and a manual BPM counter.

foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats. Other features: easily customizable user interface layout and advanced tagging capabilities.

iTunesThere’s is probably no one out there who doesn’t know Apple’s media player, available for free for Mac and Windows. If there would be a pre-listening option, no other software would be necessary. However, many DJ software use the iTunes library.

JRiver Media Center is very popular among Swing DJs on Windows systems. It’s for managing and playing almost all formats of audio, video, and images. Media Center can also record television and manage documents, and it is fully configurable. Free trial version available.

MediaMonkey Another popular software among Windows users. MediaMonkey is a media organizer and manager for small to large libraries, with many different features. Free version available.

MegaSegis a DJ and radio software for Mac and iTunes. It comes in two editions: MegaSeg PRO is more for Pro DJs, VJs, radios and businesses. MegaSeg DJ focuses on mobile and club DJs and covers many core features of the Pro edition. Free demo available.

Mixxx Free open source DJ software with iTunes integration, DJ MIDI controller support, BPM detection and sync, supports MP3, M4A/AAC, OGG and FLAC audio. Mixxx is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

PCDJ DEX 3for Mac or Windows is a DJ software designed for pro DJs and entertainers especially for mobile use. It reads all kind of sound formats including non DRM songs. The software supports iTunes library import. Free version (DEX 3 LE) available.

Traktor Prois a DJ software for Mac or Windows. It comes with full iTunes integration, up to four decks are available and you can visually search through tracks via Crate Flick cover art browsing. Free demos available. Traktor also provides DJ audio interfaces and controllers.

VirtualDJ is an audio and video mixing software for DJs. There are different editions available. “VirtualDJ Home” is the free version for non-commercial use.

Winamp is a popular multi-format media player for Windows, Android devices and now also for Mac. It’s extensible with plug-ins and skins. Free version and Pro version available.

Read definitive guide by audio software developer Yuri Korzunov about:
• free and commercial hi res audio player software apps on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS and other [computers, laptops, mobile phones, tablets],
• online for audiophiles,
• Frequently Answered Questions,
• what is the best music player app,
• supported formats and other.

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High resolution audio player software

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Supported sample rate and bit depth may depend on a file format.

Hi res music player software for audiophiles 2020
(Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, online)

Audio playerOperation systemLicenseSupported file typesSample rateDAC interfaceDescription

Audio players Windows, Mac, Linux

AIMP Windows FreeCDA, AAC, ac3, APE, DTS, FLAC, m4a, ogg, mp3, WAV, WMA, WavPack, DSF, DFF, other, web radio DirectSound, ASIO, WASAPI
Album Player Windows Free WAV, FLAC, APE, WavPack, ALAC, AIFF, TAK, MP3, MP4, OGG, CD, DSD, DVD-A, otherASIO, Kernel Streaming, WASAPI
Amarra Luxe Windows, Mac CommercialDSF, mp3, AAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, streaming service, otherDSD to PCM
Audiogate Windows, MacDSF, DFF, WAV, FLAC, BWF, WMA, ALAC, mp3, other up to DSD128 DAC limitation for the software activation
Audirvana Mac, Windows Commercial DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO, WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WavPack, APE, MQA, streaming service, otherDoP, DSD to PCM Windows 10 compatible
Channel-D Pure Music Mac Commercial up to 384 kHz / 24 bit, up to DSD128DSD to PCM, DoP, streamingGapless and memory playback
Daphile Run as firmware (Linux based) from flash stick memory Free DSF, PCM up to 384 kHz / 24 bit, up to DSD512 Music server. Stereo only
Foobar2000(with sacd input plugin) Windows Free DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO, FLAC, WAV, mp3, ALAC, WavPack, AAC, other up to DSD512ASIO, DSD to PCM
Fostex Audio Player Windows, Mac Free DSF, DFF, WAV, FLAC, mp3, AIFF, ALAC up to DSD128, up to 192 kHz / 24 bitASIO, DoP Demands certain playback hardware
Gom Audio Windows Free cda, MPL, mp3, ogg, WMA, APE, FLAC, WAV, m4a, WavPack, AIFF, DSF, DFF
iTunes Mac, Windows FreeWAV, ALAC, AAC, mp3, AIFF, CD-audio
JRiver Windows, Mac, Linux CommercialDSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO, mp3, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, otherASIO, DoP, DSD over DLNA, DSD to PCM, PCM to DSD Gapless playback
Hi-Res Audio Player Windows DSD, PCM Require certain hardware
HQ Player Windows, Mac, Linux Commercial DSF, DFF (non-compressed DSDIFF), CD-audio, FLAC, AIFF, other up to DSD1024DSD to PCM, PCM to DSD, ASIO, DoP
Hysolid Windows Free DSF, WAV, FLAC up to DSD256, up to 384 kHzASIO, DoPWASAPI To work on music server PC with smartphone app control
Logitech Media Server Windows, Mac, Linux PCM, DoP PCM files Bit-perfect PCM output of DoP Need additional hardware and pre-conversion DSD files to PCM DoP files. How to adjust and use the software.
Media Player Classic Windows Free PCM, DSF, DFF
MusicBee Windows FreeASIO, WASAPI
moOde audio player To run on Raspberry Pi Free Here information about DSD settings
Pine Player Mac Free mp3, FLAC, APE, AAC, m4a, WAV, AIFF, ogg, WMA, DSD, SACD ISO, other up to 768 kHz / 32 bit
Resonic Player Windows Free, Commercial WAV, AIFF, FLAC, WMA, mp3, ALAC, WavPack, MID, DSF, DFF, other up to DSD512
Roon Windows, Mac;
the server on Windows, Mac, Linux
Commercial Audio files and streaming serviceBit-perfect, DSD to PCM The server may be installed on network area storage (NAS)
TEAC HR Audio Player Windows, Mac Free DSF, DFF, PCM up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz / 32 bitASIO, DoP
Technics Audio Player Windows, Mac DSF, DFF, WAV, FLAC, mp3, ALAC, AIFF

up to DSD128,
up to 384 kHz / 32bit

USB driver Read the software license agreement about using limitations
Volumio

Run as firmware from flash stick memory on PC, Raspberry Pi, other

Free MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, ALAC, DSD UPNP DLNA, Airplay, DoP Open source music server
VLC Windows, Mac, Linux, other Free mp3, AAC, MLP / TrueHD, DTS, WMA, FLAC (including uncompressed), ALAC, ATRAC 3, WavPack, APE, WAV, other
Vox Mac Free DSF, WAV, AIFF, FLAC (including uncompressed), ALAC, mp3, other, network radio
Wtfplay Linux Free WAV, FLAC, DSF

up to DSD128; DSD256, DSD512 are experimental,
up to 384 kHz / 32 bit

DoP

Audio players Android and iOS (mobile applications)

AIMPAndroid Free APE, mp3, WAV, ogg, AAC, FLAC, mp4, m4a, WavPack, DSF, DFF, other
Amarra PlayiOS (iPhone, iPad) Free, In-App Purchases AIFF, AIFC, MP3, ALAC, FLAC, MQA MQA Decode up to 96 kHz with Amarra Luxe license No DSD. Amarra Luxe unlocks some features. Amarra Play must be running on the same wireless network as the computer
FiiO MusicAndroid, iOS Free DSD, PCM up to 384 kHz / 24 bit Raw DSD output Support HWA (LHDC) Bluetooth transmission
Foobar2000Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad) Free MP3, MP4, AAC, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack Gapless playback, playback / downloading music from UPnP media servers
HibyMusicAndroid, iOS (iPhone, iPad) Free DSF, DFF (including DST), ISO, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, M4A, AAC, mp3, ogg up to DSD256,
up to 384 kHz / 32 bit
net driver (Dropbox / DLNA / LAN) native DSD, DoP, DSD to PCM
Hi-Res music player-NePLAYERiOS (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch) Commercial ALAC, FLAC, WAV, mp3, AAC, HE-AAC, DSF, DFF up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz / 32 bitDSD to PCM, DoP Check DSD replay issues at the online store page
HYSOLIDAndroid, iOS Free WAC, FLAC, DSD up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz ASIO, WASAPI, DoP, native DSD Music server control application
Neutron Music PlayerAndroid, iOS (iPhone, iPad) Commercial mp3, ogg, FLAC, AC3, AAC, M4A, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, ALAC, APE, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, other, DSD UPnP / DLNA, USB DAC, DoP, native DSD, DSD to PCM There is evaluation version 'Neutron Music Player (Eval)' on Android
Onkyo HF PlayerAndroid, iOS Free, In-App Purchases DSF, DFF, mp3, ALAC, AAC, WAV, AIFF up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz AOA 2.0, DoP, DSD to PCM Some limitations of the free version. Sample rate depends on the format and In-App purchases.
TEAC HR Audio PlayerAndroid, iOS Free, In-App Purchases FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, ogg, DSF, DFF up to DSD256, up to 384 kHzDoP, DSD to PCM
USB Audio Player PROAndroid Commercial WAV, FLAC, ogg, mp3, AIFF, AAC, m4a, APE, DFF, DSF, other up to 384 kHz / 32 bitDoP, DSD to PCM, native DSD playback
VLCAndroid, iOS (iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch) Free ogg, FLAC, WavPack, AAC, other
Vox Free, In-App Purchases FLAC, ALAC, mp3, DSD, other

Online audio players (hi-resolution streaming services)

High Res Audio Free trial, Commercial up to 24 bit
Primephonic Free trial, Commercial up to 24 bit
PrimeSeat Free trial, Commercial PCM, DSD up to 11.2 MHz
Qobuz Free trial, Commercial up to 192 kHz / 24 bit streaming and downloads according to purchased plan
Tidal PC/Mac, web-player, iOS, Android Free trial, Commercial FLAC 44.1 kHz / 16 bit, MQA supported with audio players (details)

Online audio players (streaming services)

Amazon Prime Music Free trial Allow listening online and offline
Apple Music Free trial Music platform
Datpiff Audio platform for musicians and music discovering
Google Play Music Free trial Music platform with the store. Offline listening is available
Jamendo Music Free trial Audio platform for musicians and music discovering. Free and paid stuff
Noisetrade Audio platform for musicians and music discovering
ReverbNation Audio platform for musicians and music discovering
SoundCloud Audio platform for musicians and music discovering
Spotify Music platform
Яндекс Музыка Free, Commercial Music site 'Yandex Music'. Offline listening is available

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What is the best audio player

It is a personal choice always. Below how to make the choice is discussed.

Sound quality

Playback modes

An audio player may works in 2 base modes (depend on the software abilities): Hei. sensio xsetup for mac free.

  1. bit-perfect (transmitting data from an audio file to DAC without altering);
  2. processing mode (resampling, room correction and other).

In bit-perfect mode, the sound quality is defined by DAC and next audio devices.
This mode consumes minimal computing resources and is desirable for non-powerful computers.

Processing mode sound quality depends on the player and/or processing plug-in.
This mode may consume many computing resources (more quality = more resources), and, sometimes, can't work at lower-performance computers. Also, this mode consumes more electrical energy for calculations and cooling, than bit-perfect one.
When fans work in intensive mode, they cause more noise.

Read also: How to improve sound quality >

Gapless playback

Some albums (operas, live concerts, etc.) should be played back as a continuous stream.

Some players can begin the next song without DAC re-initialization.
This ability is called as Gapless playback.
It may be applied for as bit-perfect as processed modes (see 'Playback modes').

Also played back audio files may be pre-converted in gapless mode too.
This mode has a sense when audio files are resampled or DSD files are processed.
Gapless conversion has a sense, when the audio player works in gapless mode.

ASIO

ASIO is kind of audio drivers by audio interface vendors, that provide low latency and using of specific properties of the audio interface. ASIO SDK (programming tools) is provided by Steingberg.

As rule, ASIO driver is provided together with a sound device. Specific functionality managenment is supported via special software control panel.

There is universal ASIO-driver ASIO4All. But, as rule, vendor driver is more recommended.

Latest MacOS versions use own drivers instead ASIO.

Read more:

  • How to configure foobar2000 for DSD playback >

WASAPI

WASAPI is builtin Windows drivers to direct access to audio interface without operating system processings. May be used instead ASIO.

WASAPI may use exclusive access to an audio interface to render sound stream directly to the DAC's audio buffer without mixing of an audio streams from several applications. So, no operating system's audio processing is there.

Native DSD

Native DSD is sending DSD audio stream from audio file to DSD DAC without conversion to PCM.

ASIO dirvers under Windows may support it. Under latest MacOS version, DSD audio stream should be packed in DoP format. The packing is lossless. Also, DoP format may be used on Windows.

Read more:

  • How to configure foobar2000 for DSD playback >

DSD to PCM

DSD audio stream may not be played on PCM DAC. Before sending to the DAC, audio stream should be converted to PCM.

It consume processing resources. In general case, better sound quality depend more computing resources.

Some computers may have a lack of the computing power to realtime DSD to PCM conversion. It may be solved via offline DSD to PCM conversion. Also it save free space at hard disk (HDD) of an audio player (allow more songs on the disk). It may be very useful for portable/mobile devices.

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Functionality

One of the widespread demands to players are:

  • album artwork displaying;
  • text metadata displaying;
  • search in song database;
  • web radio/streaming playback.

Audio player software F.A.Q.

Do audio players have different sound quality?

It depends on the mode of playback. In bit-perfect mode, music player app just transports audio data from a sound file to DAC without audio processing.

When audio player software process audio data (resample, alter bit depth, apply dithering, EQ, etc.), it causes different distortion level. If consider psychoacoustics, distortions may have a different character, that also impacts the final perception of the distortions. Also, the interaction of the distortions with a playback system (DAC, amplifier, speakers) is matter.

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Some apparatus can cause the audible level of intermodulation distortions, that generated by ultrasound components.

Practically it can cause audible noise.

You can:

  • try low sample rate 44.1 kHz, or
  • apply ultrasound cut in hi-res audio file.

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General recommendation:

  • Do a sound check of different players in various modes and audio resolutions on your music equipment. Read details..

Does memory playback improve audio quality?

Memory playback doesn't improve 'transparency'. But the mode can get rid of pauses if file played from slow/overload network or album player in gapless mode.

Do gapless playback is helpful?

If audio player re-initialize DAC, it can cause quiet clicks.

When files played back without re-initializing, there is no kind of clicks.

Do computer digital hardware interface (HDMI, USB, SPDIF, etc.), its cables impact to sound quality?

Digital audio interfaces don't impact to sound quality, that may be defined as 'sound transparency'.

Also, digital interfaces have sample rate and bit depth limitations.

Player

Operating system built-in driver can additionally process sound and impact to sound quality.

But pauses, clicks, serial interruptions are possible when audio interface doesn't work properly (poor cables, grounding, shielding; hardware issues, etc.).

General recommendations:

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  • Buy thick cables in the mid or higher price range. It is fairly for longer cables especially.
  • Ferrite rings/barrels can give some advantages. But it's recommended, that measurement tools are used.

Do analog audio cables impact to sound quality?

Analog inter-module cables (linear inputs and outputs) can impact to the noise floor, crosstalk and frequency response.

General recommendation:

  • If you hear hum at 50 Hz or multiple frequencies (power high voltage network), try to use other analog cables or use digital inter-module connection instead.

Is jitter a real issue for audio playback?

DAC clock source can impact to analog output jitter of digital-to-analog converter . But all other factors, including memory playback, cables and interfaces - no. Read details..

General recommendations:

  • Don't bother about jitter, when DAC is clocked by its internal source.
  • Don't use synchronization by SPDIF digital audio input.

What is the best audio format for sound quality?

To achieve maximal sound quality, lossless audio file formats are recommended: FLAC, WAV, AIFF, DSF, DFF, SACD ISO. Read details..

What is 24 bit / 192 kHz audio?

It is resolution audio with sample rate 192 kHz and bit depth 24 bit in PCM format (modulation). Read details..

Is WAV better than FLAC?

In audio resolution 384 kHz/32 bit and lesser, there is no difference between FLAC and WAV by sound quality. Watch video..

If you need higher resolution, WAV can provide it.

Read details about:

  • WAV;
  • FLAC.
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