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Play is an application for playing and managing audio files.

Play currently supports playback of FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, Musepack, WavPack, Monkey's Audio, AAC, Apple Lossless, MP3 and various other audio file formats.

For lossless formats such as FLAC and WavPack, and for Ogg Vorbis and specially-tagged MP3 files, Play supports gapless playback allowing more...

What's New

Version 0.3:
  • Works with Mac OS X 10.5.
  • External cue sheets are now supported for all formats.
  • Embedded cue sheets are now supported for FLAC files.
  • Accurate MP3 seeking for files encoded with LAME.
  • MP3s with encoder delays larger than one frame no longer cause Play to crash.
  • SQLite upgraded to 3.5.2
  • TagLib upgraded to latest svn


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Garyi Member IconComment+57

This is actually about Ayrewave. Any attempt to add music files from a NAS causes it too crash.

I would have posted this on the forum, only it says my account is innactive, and multiple attempts to send an activation has failed and trying to re-register is nearly impossible because the image verification you use is so hard to decipher I failed three times.

So anyway. Really want to try Ayrewave but it does not work.

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Version 0.3
Sferic Member IconComment+4

Kind of an audiophile here, external dac (apogeee), headphone amp (cute beyond with upgraded op amps, fave phones Grado, Ultrasone if you need closed). Have tried Cog, Vox, Songbird (do we really need to mention iTunes - what's the deal with the gritty dark compressed sound, I thought Steve was a stickler for quality?). The interface is kind of kludgy but the sound quality breathes like no other player. If you're into sound quality nothing else will live up to Play. I hope it stays compatible with Mac OS whatever for a long time because I can't go back to anything else.

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Version 0.3
Uncoy Member IconReview+195

Cog is great but stopped working on me.

Tried Vox, Taply and Play.

Vox and Taply had very high CPU usage in background when not running.

Play is a bit ugly but uses .1% CPU in the background. Plays music very well. Seems to have some kind of treble boost which makes music sound sharper on so-so systems. On my B&W towers through a top of the line NAD, the sound is a little bit too sharp.

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Version 0.3
caschreier Member IconReview+1

Though I love iTunes there are some things that are missing and I found them in Play. Basically I was using play to preview audio, specially FLAC and Monkey's Audio, the interface is OK but I don't get the Queue window, if you want to play something that is in the library you have to drag it to this window because if you doble click something in the library nothing happens.

But what, in my opinion, is the best feature of Play is it's playback audio quality. I guess it has something to do with the 32 bit floating point process, I really don't know... but man compared to iTunes my music has gained more life, better soundstage and the stereo image is wider. So I started to use Play more often just because of this, if someone with a audiophile profile would give a more detailed review about Play's audio quality I would really appreciate it, so I don't think it's my imagination.

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Version 0.3
audiophyle Member IconReview+0

After years of managing massive iTunes libraries, I tried songbird and play today. I didn't like songbird, but I am going to stick with play.

It does everything as advertised, plays all of the formats iTunes won't.

Play actually sounds better then iTunes. I didn't expect that, but there is a noticable difference.

One last thing, Play doesn't change the data of the music files at all unless you manually retag it. So for all mac bittorrenters there is no need to make a copy of the files to listen to while leaving the original to seed.

This app is still missing a lot of features that I would like, however it lacks all of the bloat features that have weighed itunes down over the years. There is no video support, no podcasts, no tv shows, no retardo multimedia store attachment. Just an audio player that works like an audio player should.

I am looking forward to future releases of this app. Cheers to the developers for this and the other handy and streamline programs they make.

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Version 0.3
easer Member IconComment+400

It would be nice if I could download it. It just hangs whenever I try.

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Version 0.3

I finally got the file to download, am uploading it to MacUpdate server now, will be available shortly.

parsonsnose Member IconComment+0

Play crashes on launch for me on OS 10.5.1 PPC. It worked on OS 10.4.10 PPC.

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Version 0.2
svoop Member IconReview+40

This is the first player that's capable of reading my repository through sshfs from a server. Great Potential!

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Version 0.2
nadamac Member IconComment+8

iMac 10.4.10 - Play works as expected.

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Version 0.2
Darth Brooks Member IconComment+36
Darth Brooks

Working OK here on 10.4.10 PPC, although I haven't explored features beyond bacis play functions. Thanks, Stephen F. Booth. However, according to the README, Play "supports DSP effects using Audio Units." I've searched all the menus and can't find anything to support this.

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Version 0.2
Sbooth.org (Developer)

DSP effects are added in the Preferences, on the DSP pane. You should see a menu of available effects when clicking on the Plus button at the bottom

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