skiTunes
skiTunes
0.4

3.4

skiTunes free download for Mac

skiTunes

0.4
15 April 2005

Open-source Cocoa alternative to iTunes player.

Overview

skiTunes is a fast, extensible, open-source alternative to iTunes written in Cocoa and featuring Apple QuickTime and Apple WebKit. It may also use VLC, MPlayer, LAME, and cdrecord. It's target platform is Mac OS X 10.3 and later, however it may run on Mac OS X 10.2 as well.

It differs from Apple's offering in that it is written in Cocoa and uses native widgets, as well as supporting formats iTunes doesn't, such as OGG and WMA. Using native widgets will allow it to automatically match the rest of the OS when a theme is applied, unlike iTunes, which requires hacking in order to make it match. It will also offer a skinnable "mini-mode". Another advantage skiTunes will over iTunes is the fact that the project will offer binaries optimized for specific processors; specifically, the PowerPC G3, G4, and G5. A generic PowerPC build will also be offered.

skiTunes will be extensible too. It will allow plugins of almost any nature, including but not limited to:

  • Visualizers
  • Music player drivers
  • Program modifications
  • File format support
skiTunes will allow more flexibility for iPod users. It will allow them to use more than one iPod on one computer and allow transfer of songs from iPod to Mac, both of which iTunes cannot do.

It will support AppleScripting, and allow integration with existing open-source projects such as Adium, Growl!, and QuickSilver. skiTunes is also compatible with iTunes library files and will integrate with the rest of Apple's iLife applications.

skiTunes is planned to support the following file formats:

  • MP3
  • AIFF
  • WAV
  • AAC
  • Apple Lossless
  • OGG
  • WMA
  • FLAC

    skiTunes currently supports these formats:

    • Any Quicktime-supported format
    • TTA Lossless audio

What's new in skiTunes

Version 0.4:
  • New Interface
  • Customizable toolbar
  • iGoom Visualizer
  • Dock control menu
  • Support for icon themes
  • Time indicator
  • Playlist icons
  • Ability to specify iTunes library to use
  • Mini-mode float option
  • Better performance in all areas
  • Ability to rename playlists
  • Initial structure for ratings support laid out
  • "Greyed out files in Add to Library" bug fixed

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Anonymous
05 March 2005

Most helpful

Seems cool, but... there is no way Apple will allow you to release it with a UI like that as it is a carbon copy of iTunes.... they wont like that
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Version Interface Test 2
Anonymous
16 October 2005
DLed it, linked to another library, had to close the app and reopen to refresh it (and knock the old library items off), would not play anything, would not add any files (open command not functioning). assuming all bugs.
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Version 0.4
Anonymous
02 August 2005
I agree with the previous poster. I applaud this developer's efforts to provide an alternative to itunes-this is very much needed. I'd especially like to see the possibility of organizing playlists into folders and the like. I have way to many playlists in itunes that I just can't really keep the music organized. Keep up the good work.
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Version 0.4
Moonchild0078h
11 May 2005
For all those who posted negative feedback, take it easy. Its in early development and for what it is already is impressive. Just wait til version 0.5. The interface is improved and alot more enhancements and bug fixes. Also, why doesnt everyone post on the forum what they would like to see in skitunes? the developers are nice and their open to all suggestions and comments.
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Version 0.4
Eujot
15 April 2005
The new interface is awful :( I back to iTunes.
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Version 0.4
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Anonymous
Anonymous
30 April 2005
how? it looks nice and you must remember its still in early development.
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Version 0.4
Anonymous
15 April 2005
I have tried downloading 0.4 multiple times but it seems that I always end up with version 0.3. Is it possible that you didnt upload the new version? Mabye forgot to change the download link url? I think it's great to see an alternative to iTunes starting to take shape. I will start using it when it works with the iTunes music store (down with Digitial Rights Management!!). Is there any idea when that feature might be available?
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Version 0.4
Anonymous
15 April 2005
Just bounces merrily away in the dock, so bit of a craparamer here.
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Version 0.4
Anonymous
15 April 2005
This looks promising as an alternative to iTunes! Good inteface, quite fast, and OpenSource. In the next version can you integrate the "Decoders" and "Visualizers" folders in the .app? Bye!
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Version 0.4
Anonymous
15 April 2005
Activity monitor shows 0.4 uses more memory and twice the CPU power of iTunes when playing the same MP3, so doesn't feel like a lightweight player yet.
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Version 0.4
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Anonymous
Anonymous
15 April 2005
exact.
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Version 0.4
Anonymous
15 April 2005
The download provided links to version 0.3, not 0.4 Same is true of the links on the Skitunes website.
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Version 0.4
Anonymous
29 March 2005
theres two major problems. one being this is a lawsuit waiting to happen and the other being its too early to use. still too many bugs, glitches, and little to no preferences. The program has alot of potential but the interface is what the developers should worry about. I dont work for apple and im not some die for apple whore but come on look at it. I couldnt even tell the difference the first time i saw it. Im not shooting the program down i just feel that it has so much potential and it would suck if apple saw this and you guys got screwed cuz it looks exactly the same. If they do change it lets hope they dont make it have crappy skins like Lamip or whamb and have a seperate library list and no other features. Just change it so its similiar to the look of itunes but not exactly like it.
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Version 0.3