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.
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.
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.
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.
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• 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,
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• what is the best music player app,
• supported formats and other.
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Hi res music player software for audiophiles 2020
(Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, online)
|Audio player||Operation system||License||Supported file types||Sample rate||DAC interface||Description|
Audio players Windows, Mac, Linux
|AIMP||Windows||Free||CDA, 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, other||ASIO, Kernel Streaming, WASAPI|
|Amarra Luxe||Windows, Mac||Commercial||DSF, mp3, AAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, streaming service, other||DSD to PCM|
|Audiogate||Windows, Mac||DSF, 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, other||DoP, DSD to PCM||Windows 10 compatible|
|Channel-D Pure Music||Mac||Commercial||up to 384 kHz / 24 bit, up to DSD128||DSD to PCM, DoP, streaming||Gapless 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 DSD512||ASIO, DSD to PCM|
|Fostex Audio Player||Windows, Mac||Free||DSF, DFF, WAV, FLAC, mp3, AIFF, ALAC||up to DSD128, up to 192 kHz / 24 bit||ASIO, 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||Free||WAV, ALAC, AAC, mp3, AIFF, CD-audio|
|JRiver||Windows, Mac, Linux||Commercial||DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO, mp3, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, other||ASIO, 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 DSD1024||DSD to PCM, PCM to DSD, ASIO, DoP|
|Hysolid||Windows||Free||DSF, WAV, FLAC||up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz||ASIO, 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|
|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 service||Bit-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 bit||ASIO, DoP|
|Technics Audio Player||Windows, Mac||DSF, DFF, WAV, FLAC, mp3, ALAC, AIFF|
up to DSD128,
|USB driver||Read the software license agreement about using limitations|
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,
Audio players Android and iOS (mobile applications)
|AIMP||Android||Free||APE, mp3, WAV, ogg, AAC, FLAC, mp4, m4a, WavPack, DSF, DFF, other|
|Amarra Play||iOS (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 Music||Android, iOS||Free||DSD, PCM||up to 384 kHz / 24 bit||Raw DSD output||Support HWA (LHDC) Bluetooth transmission|
|Foobar2000||Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad)||Free||MP3, MP4, AAC, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack||Gapless playback, playback / downloading music from UPnP media servers|
|HibyMusic||Android, 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-NePLAYER||iOS (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch)||Commercial||ALAC, FLAC, WAV, mp3, AAC, HE-AAC, DSF, DFF||up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz / 32 bit||DSD to PCM, DoP||Check DSD replay issues at the online store page|
|HYSOLID||Android, iOS||Free||WAC, FLAC, DSD||up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz||ASIO, WASAPI, DoP, native DSD||Music server control application|
|Neutron Music Player||Android, 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 Player||Android, 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 Player||Android, iOS||Free, In-App Purchases||FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, ogg, DSF, DFF||up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz||DoP, DSD to PCM|
|USB Audio Player PRO||Android||Commercial||WAV, FLAC, ogg, mp3, AIFF, AAC, m4a, APE, DFF, DSF, other||up to 384 kHz / 32 bit||DoP, DSD to PCM, native DSD playback|
|VLC||Android, 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|
|Яндекс Музыка||Free, Commercial||Music site 'Yandex Music'. Offline listening is available|
It is a personal choice always. Below how to make the choice is discussed.
An audio player may works in 2 base modes (depend on the software abilities): Hei. sensio xsetup for mac free.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
One of the widespread demands to players are:
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.
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.
If audio player re-initialize DAC, it can cause quiet clicks.
When files played back without re-initializing, there is no kind of clicks.
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.
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.).
Analog inter-module cables (linear inputs and outputs) can impact to the noise floor, crosstalk and frequency response.
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..
To achieve maximal sound quality, lossless audio file formats are recommended: FLAC, WAV, AIFF, DSF, DFF, SACD ISO. Read details..
It is resolution audio with sample rate 192 kHz and bit depth 24 bit in PCM format (modulation). Read details..
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.
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