Music Man
Music Man 4.1.2
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Rip, convert, burn and play music.   Shareware ($24.95)
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Music Man is a great way to rip, convert, burn, and play music on Mac OS X. Music Man is easy to use and includes all the features you need from a converter, CD Ripper, CD Burner, Player, ID3 Tag editor - all-in-one. Convert most formats - MP3, WMA, FLAC, MIDI, WAV, AAC, M4A, M4B, AIFF, Ogg, MP2. Rip from CD. Burn CD, DVD - Audio Cd, MP3 CD, DVD Audio. Play everything from anywhere - music from hard drive, CD, USB Flash Drive. Make iPhone ringtone and make MP3 clip. (Does not convert DRM protected music.)
What's New
Version 4.1.2:
  • Maintenance release
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • OS X 10.3 or later
  • Quicktime 6 or later



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Monkeyjunkey reviewed on 18 Jul 2013
All those actions can be done with opensource alternatives. Not really worth 25$.
[Version 4.1.2]


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Pfackelmann commented on 13 May 2010
Enjoy the easy way to rip ...

to be ripped off!

Peter
[Version 3.0.1]


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Corpsecorps commented on 30 Nov 2009
Just downloaded so i haven't scoped it out yet, but yikes; i've never seen so much pissing and moaning about a piece of software because it does something similar to another piece of software.

The typical case on Macs is a lack of choices, not too many.

Software supporting the high quality patent-free OGG format is awfully scarce.
[Version 2.8.4]


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l008com reviewed on 17 Apr 2008
Not very intuitive, not very easy to use. Kind of a big mess.
[Version 2.7]

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Burning Thumb Software (developer) replied on 20 Jan 2009
If you could be more specific, perhaps send your comments to our support email, we could see if its possible to make changes that you would like.
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Stormchild commented on 31 Mar 2008
It's just like iTunes, except it's $25 instead of free, and sucks! Where do I sign up?

By the way, nobody cares about WMA support. The whole world uses MP3s or AACs. For anything else that iTunes doesn't handle, there are plenty of freeware converters available (e.g. MacFLAC and XLD).
[Version 2.7]

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Burning Thumb Software (developer) replied on 20 Jan 2009
iTunes is a vehicle by which Apple sell you content. Music Man is an alternative to iTunes. For example we included links to legal DRM free vendors of music years before iTunes went DRM free. In addition Music Man supports media types that you (and Apple) may not care about but that lots of other people do care about, like WMA, and DVD-Audio. These formats were, in fact, added specifically because folks requested them.

So if iTunes does everything you need of course you don't need Music Man. But there are many things Music Man does that iTunes does not do that people do indeed care about and asked for.
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Xenophile commented on 06 Dec 2007
Use Max - it's free and will do a CD Paranoia extraction, the gold standard for audio file extraction.

Music Man is nonsense, it's just an alternate interface for standard OS X functionality.
[Version 2.1]

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Burning Thumb Software (developer) replied on 20 Jan 2009
By default, Music Man uses CDParanoia to rip CDs. It is indeed the gold standard but it is also quite slow so there is an option, in the advanced settings, to turn off cdparanoia if you have a good quality CD.

As I mentioned in other posts Music Man does things that iTunes does not do (WMA support, DVD-Audio) and while for a lot of people iTunes does what they need for other people its not the case.

Certainly we don't advocate Music Man if you don't need it, but it does provide much needed functions that we did implement as a result of requests by folks.
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Danny Bates commented on 20 Feb 2007
They claim "hassle-free" refund, yet I am on day three of trying to justify my dissatisfaction, back and forth with the developer. Their emails to me are condescending in tone and worded as if I am doing something wrong. Yes, I have the LAME library properly installed but this software pretends to be exporting an MP3 file (very time consuming too) and it never even creates the files.

How basic is that?!? It doesn't even output the file! And I can't get them to honor their claim of a hassle-free refund!

As with any review forum, consider this very likely possibility:

The first few positive comments are likely posted by the developer, trying to promote their product.

It is also likely that anyone who defends the product (especially this one) may be the developer also.

As disgruntled as they may become, I have nothing to gain from sharing the truth of my very disappointing experience with this product. I encourage you to look elsewhere for software that does what it should and has more then a handful of reviews (probably written by the developer).
[Version 1.8]

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Burning Thumb Software (developer) replied on 20 Jan 2009
Our return / refund policy can be found here:
http://www.mireth.com/text/refund_policy.html

Its purpose is to assure customers that if the software has a problem we will address it. Typically if you find a problem we do this (a) fix the problem, (b) give you a free copy of the software and all updates for life.

Its purpose is not to allow anyone with an excuse to get a refund. We do offer complete documentation, free email support, and a fully functional 30 day trial. Please do take advantage of the trial and ask questions prior to purchase - we strongly encourage that.

With respect to lame, Music Man does not use the lame libraries, if uses a specific tested version of lame. When you launch Music Man if that version is not present it asks you to allow it to download and install that version. If you say YES to that it will work. If you want to manually install a different version of lame there are instructions in the Read Me file on what to do but we don't support that.

With respect to us posting our own "fake" reviews. We don't do that. Never have and never will.
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silence55 commented on 04 May 2006
Yes interface may be lacking, but at least they have the courtesy to let you try the product before you buy.. unlike some others out there.. *cough* easyWMA *cough*...

Why would anyone buy this produt when they get iTunes for free??

Well you can't convert WMA or even play WMA on iTunes, and for that reason Music Man is excellently, runs seamlessly and quickly.. Other features may be great too, but i haven't tried them yet.
[Version 1.7.6]


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Anonymous reviewed on 03 Sep 2004
Why pay $20 for this when there is iTunes already on my Mac which does everything iTunes does while iTunes actually has a nice interface, unlike Music Man.

Its interesting that you've managed to get all the features in there, but it really is pointless. sorry.
[Version 1.0]

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Anonymous commented on 29 Sep 2005
Did you actually use the program, find it wasn't very good, then gave it two stars? Or are you giving it two stars because another program does the same thing making this one "pointless"?
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Anonymous commented on 29 Sep 2005
Yes because having choice in the programs we use is a bad thing. Only those poor Windows users should have to choose between several programs that do the same thing. We Mac users prefer simplicity. Give us one program for every task, and no others.
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Burning Thumb Software (developer) replied on 20 Jan 2009
As I said in previous replies. Music Man does lots of things iTunes does not do: Rips with CDParanoia, encodes MP3 with Lame by default (you can if you prefer install an Apple Script to do this), supports WMA, supports DVD-Audio burning.

Many of the features in Music Man were put in in direct response to customer requests. If something is missing that you need, ask us and you could suddenly find Music Man very useful indeed.
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Anonymous reviewed on 02 Sep 2004
Well...I, for one, care! Great to see that developers still bother to make apps. for mac os x!!
[Version 1.0]

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Anonymous commented on 29 Sep 2005
It IS great to see guys developing for Mac but not asting their valuable time re-inventing the wheel.
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Type:Multimedia Design : MP3
License:Shareware
Date:18 Jul 2013
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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Music Man is a great way to rip, convert, burn, and play music on Mac OS X. Music Man is easy to use and includes all the features you need from a converter, CD Ripper, CD Burner, Player, ID3 Tag editor - all-in-one. Convert most formats - MP3, WMA, FLAC, MIDI, WAV, AAC, M4A, M4B, AIFF, Ogg, MP2. Rip from CD. Burn CD, DVD - Audio Cd, MP3 CD, DVD Audio. Play everything from anywhere - music from hard drive, CD, USB Flash Drive. Make iPhone ringtone and make MP3 clip. (Does not convert DRM protected music.)


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