As promised, I am back to fully review this great app. I have played around with it for a while, and it still impresses me. The developer is hard at work updating and debugging. It also seems as though he takes suggestions and errors seriously. I have, after a couple of days of trying it, confidently decided to buy the app. I have not regretted the purchase at all.
Purchasing the app was easy. I used PayPal and within seconds I got my license file and dragged it into the preferences section. The experience has been seamless.
Okay, now to talk details.
Pros: Main window has a small footprint, if you want smaller, the little "desktop" player works well. You can play movies, podcasts, music, playlists and, from what I read, it supports audio streaming, although I have not tested this yet. Everything plays and is accessed through the simple though fully functional main window.
It also plays well with Expose, very important for me, loads fast, hasn't crashed yet and only choked for a couple of seconds once. The design and functionality seems as though it was designed as if it was an iPhone app on steroids -- small footprint, simple yet fully functional interface with a one-window drill-down design that utilizes elegant sliding menus, cover artwork and player functionality. I believe this to be the first time I enjoy using a one-window type interface.
Cons: Not many. The player (rewind, play/pause, forward) sometimes does not reveal itself over the cover art. One needs to click on the song list menu then back to reveal the player.
The following will be just nit picking: There is a grammatical error under the Ecoute contextual menu -- Ecoute > Choose an other [should be another] iTunes Library. One could even go as far as suggesting a coverflow type display while playing music, but I don't even know if I would use it.
That's it in a nutshell. The price point is spot on, functionality is just enough for a stand alone player, any more would be unnecessary. I think this will be my first all 5 star review!
Oh, and since the whole point of this application is small CPU and memory usage, here are my stats after using it all day (videos and music):
Ecoute (after 8+ hours of usage)
CPU -- 3.4
Threads -- 11
>Real -- 82.66
>Virtual -- 255.60
iTunes (after just launching the app and playing a song)
CPU -- 4.9
Threads -- 21
>Real -- 88.40
>Virtual -- 302.29
Bottom line: Highly Recommended to all iTunes users. Period.
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