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Quicktime player is a command line utility to play CDs and music files. Features include:

  • Plays any audio file supported by Quicktime, including CDs, AIFF, MIDI, and MP3.
  • Playlist features such as loop, shuffle, and random.
  • Special flag for simply playing a CD, for lazy people.
  • Verbose and quiet flags for different levels of feedback.

What's New

Version 1.3.1:
  • Fixed bug so playing Aliases works again.
  • Fixed bug when playing playlist so correctly interprets relative (as well as absolute) paths within a file.
  • Un-hardcoded mount point for Audio CDs.
  • Added "--" flag to force stop processing options.
  • Fixed bugs for error messages when use flags incorrectly.


Mac OS X 10.1 or later

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bbw7 Member IconComment+313

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Version 1.3.1
stonevil Member IconComment+0

best player!
what about intel version of this app?

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Version 1.3.1
Schmelding Member IconReview+0

Awesome program for anyone wanting to free-up system resources while listening to MP3's, etc. Finally, I can use Photoshop AND listen to MP3's without killing my CPU with iTunes. Hey, I LOVE iTunes, but I want to be nice to my Mac too. Sure it's a CLI, but so what? Do I really need to see what track is currently playing, what I rated it, and what Genre it is ALL THE TIME?!? Nah. I just need to work and jam at the same time, and qtplay let's me do it.

A wish list of things would be the ability to read an iTunes-exported playlist so I can listen to my Soundtracks Genre, for example.

Even though it is a CLI, I rate it a 5 for Ease of Use because the Command Line options are exactly what one would expect.

Good job!

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Version 1.3
Anonymous Member Icon

I downloaded it, but could someone explain how to use/install this thing?

im no way familiar with CL or how to use this program that seems to be exactly what i am looking for. thanx

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Version 1.2 is, without a doubt, the best CD and MP3 player I have ever used. Makes you see just how bloated iTunes is. The visuals and such are nice with iTunes but if you just want to stick a CD in and listen to it qtplay is about as efficient as it gets. The new features in version 1.3 can only make qtplay better.

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Version 1.3
Phlbbrtn Member Icon+0

I just love qtplay. But it would be nice to have a quit option, rather than using kill to stop the process.

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Version 1.1
Anonymous Member Icon

A DIY quit-option is "fairly easy" to make with standard *nix tools...

#! /bin/sh
kill `ps -acex | grep qtplay | grep -v grep | awk '{print $1}'`

if you copy these two phrases into a textfile and save it as, say, "qtquit", and you perform:

chmod 700 qtquit

on it to make it executable, you'd have a quit-command.
Leave it in your home-directory and you'd have to type "./qtquit" in order to quit, or even "~/qtquit" if you're in another dir; or you move it to a location where Terminal searches for commands (echo $PATH)

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Downloads 3,536
Version Downloads 1,699
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Date 11 Feb 2004
Platform OS X / PPC 32
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