Ecoute
Ecoute
3.0.8

4.1

Ecoute free download for Mac

Ecoute3.0.8

22 March 2013

Play iTunes library without launching iTunes.

Overview

Ecoute plays your iTunes library. Music, videos, and podcasts goes into this small application that doesn't require iTunes to be launched to play your library.

Some other cool features are included like search for missing artwork, last.fm, customizable themes, etc..

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77 Reviews of Ecoute

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Still-sparkling
10 August 2009
Version: 1.2

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Dear Developer, We appreciate the fact that you are constantly trying to improve your app, but please try to stay focused and do not add “features” that are the opposite of what your app is about and counterproductive to what your users want. Ecoute is supposed to be a small, lightweight interface for manipulating iTunes media, not some bloated social media app. When I turn on Ecoute, I want it to load quickly and play my music in the background using as little processor power and demanding as little of my attention as possible so I can get my real work done. I don't want to “share” anything. I don't want to look at links to Twitter and YouTube and the frigging iTunes store. I don't want a “Social” pref pane for Facebook and last.fm and the rest of that crap. I want Ecoute to load up, play some music, and get the hell out of my way. Instead of that “Social” pref pane, how about one for “Shuffle”? It would be great if Ecoute could be set to shuffle between one or more playlists; we have requested a shuffle feature several versions ago. In short, thanks for the bugfixes, but don't get carried away with the social media garbage. Keep Ecoute small and unobtrusive. That is supposed to be its purpose, right?
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Kevtools
21 January 2015
Version: 3.0.8
Looks like they're iOS only now. That's a shame.
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itsdavidcook
21 September 2014
Version: 3.0.8
Ok, I only downloaded this ten minutes ago, but it is clearly exactly what I was after. A music player that plays music and nothing else. None of those other features I never use and cause iTunes to take over a minute to open (for me I know my Mac is a bit older) and then hang pointlessly at odd intervals. I will be watching for v4. I am on Mavericks btw. Thanks!
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siamlotus
14 August 2013
Version: 3.0.8
Brilliant app. Was looking for something to play my iTunes library without being a memory hog. Gladly pay for the next version.
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Jazzyguy
05 May 2013
Version: 3.0.8
This is better than I ever expected it to be. It is absolutely excellent in its GUI and in its manner of importing everything I have in iTunes. The sound is great as well.I love the way it puts the apps graphic in my dock. I am using it all the time now. I have Mountain Lion as my OS.
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Eff
04 February 2013
Version: 3.0.7
The developer has made Ecoute 3 available for free. Directly from the horse's errrr, developer's mouth: "Ecoute 3 for OS X becomes free" (http://www.pixiapps.com/blog/?p=158). Judging from this blog post they're already working on Ecoute 4, which will be available for a considerably lower price. Here's to hope!
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Rampancy
16 September 2012
Version: 3.0.7
For anyone curious about what's happened with Ecoute, in so many words, Apple's ridiculous policies with Sandboxing pretty much screwed over PixiApps with Ecoute. I'm sorry to see this happen, and I'm starting to fear that this may very well be the end of Ecoute. Ugh.
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Sanchai
20 August 2012
Version: 3.0.6
In Mountain Lion, Ecute 3.0.6 open fine. But when I click to play a song in Ecoute, an error dialog open saying that there is a player error and it cannot locate the file. I try all the songs in iTunes and it play fine. I try to open a new library from Ecoute, it point me to iTunes Music Library.xml I open it and refresh library and also sync from Ecoute file menu. The same error occurred I cannot get Ecoute to play songs oin my iTunes library any more I'm running Mountain Lion and using the latest iTunes on my Mac Help please. I try to get to the developer's website. But it's no longer there. SO what happen, How can I get Ecoute to work as usual again
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7h31ll3g4l
19 January 2012
Version: 3.0.3
hello... The latest version does not see the pictures of the new album included into itunes ... soluction?
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Ry-ma
03 January 2012
Version: 3.0.2
Since then, the entire iTunes library on an external hard drive is swapped out, I can not play any more music.
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hced
01 January 2012
Version: 3.0.2
Say I have a folder/album with a bunch of tracks I want to quickly preview; is this app suitable for that purpose? I mean, if I care less (or not at all) about iTunes "inter-operability", is Ecoute a decent choice for quick folder previews?
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doxy
17 December 2011
Version: 3.0.2
MacUpdate lists required OS as Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. Developer's website lists Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. I can confirm that the developer is, in fact, correct on this point.
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Harrybo
17 December 2011
Version: 3.0.2
What is the difference between oppening iTunes and ecoute?
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Tjdyo
04 December 2011
Version: 3.0.1
I have been using Ecoute since it was in 1.x I dropped it for a while, but ended up buying it about 8 months ago. Ecoute has grown and become an app that I cannot live without. Its great to not have to have iTunes open. 5 Reasons why Ecoute should be your default music player: * Lightweight, and fast * Syncs with your iTunes * Beautiful Interface * Tons of Features, but not over-bloated * Simplest, yet the most unique player. 1 thing I would like back is the original GUI of Ecoute 2.x.x
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3.5
Edgarcabrera
15 November 2011
Version: 3.0.1
I agree with the other comments, bring back 2.xx GUI, the lyrics feature in the GUI was brilliant, as well as the youtube match. I loved the url posting to Twitter and FB... currently you can post on those sites but only a mark, not an actual URL with the song as in version 2.xxx. My recommendation is that developer keep the same features and GUI as in version 2.xxx and add a lyrics search feature. That would make this an outstanding application, now it's becoming just like another one out there...
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lugoazul
15 November 2011
Version: 3.0.1
I understand that a slightly different gui may feel strange at first but that's something one gets used to with time. Nevertheless it's a sweet and joyful gui. On the other hand, pulling off a great feature like searching the current song on youtube is something that I really don't understand. I'm disappointed. I was really waiting for an update to buy Ecoute because I really enjoyed such a handy feature but now... Why Louka, why...? Ô_õ
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AI-s
14 November 2011
Version: 3.0.1
want back the 2.x gui!
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Rampancy
14 November 2011
Version: 3.0.1
Ecoute is still a great app, and quickly became my media player of choice; but I'm just not feeling the UI. It's not very intuitive compared to 2.x and handy features like lyrics are in a different window, as Mjasinski mentioned. And what happened to the ability to quickly search YouTube for videos of the current track? I loved that feature.
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mjasinski
13 November 2011
Version: 3.0.1
Just updated to version 3. I don't like that the lyrics are now displayed in a separate popup window. The beauty of Ecoute was that everything is integrated in a small handy window.
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Davidfreels
21 October 2011
Version: 2.0.91
Ecoute is a great app that I generally use instead of iTunes. It would be greater still if it incorporated AirPlay. When will we see AirPlay in a future update?
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aveffects
06 June 2011
Version: 2.0.9
After purchasing it i thought it was great until I realized it uses basically the same resources as itunes. And recently it doesn't work on Mac os x 1.5.8. http://i.imgur.com/59F1A.png I am now using another app which I love for its simplicity.
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4.5
mikehaas
09 May 2011
Version: 2.0.8
Excellent application. I used it with Audio HiJack Pro, filtering with Apple's Multiband Compressor, PSPAudioware ConsoleQ equalizer and PSP Xenon limiter. So nice not to have to run iTunes. And Ecoute will also play internet streams from Shoutcast if you create playlists for them in iTunes. The Album cover grabber is slightly cludgy but it works. Hope a lyric is integrated at some point. I kinda-sorta liked the Album Art player window from 1.x - maybe something like it in the future, perhaps? The controller is pretty nice - needs a default icon for radio streams or missing artwork. 10 bucks is a steal for this, considering the time these folks put into it. 4.5 stars...subjective. It deserves 5 but I'm taking a 1/2 point away because the interface looks like its in a interim stage. The rating interface only let me give it a "1" for stability and I'd have given it 5 - no problems or crashes with it. There's also a distinct possibility I have no idea what the hell I'm talking about. Cheers!
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uniQue
01 May 2011
Version: 2.0.8
Does Ecoute require iTunes to be open to use or is it completely stand alone?
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Galileo14
15 February 2011
Version: 2.0.6
Ecoute rocks; it's like a streamlined version of iTunes, with a much better interface!
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Djefis
09 February 2011
Version: 2.0.6
Really good app.
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Thyx
08 January 2011
Version: 2.0.1
Interesting: the Application reFresher which may not be mentioned delivers v2.0.3...
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tekkie52
05 January 2011
Version: 2.0.1
There are plenty of music listening and iTunes controller apps out there, but Ecoute is the best one I've found. For me, the single greatest feature is not having to open iTunes when I listen to music. (Even without iTunes open, this new version of Ecoute can automagically sync play counts, ratings, etc.) I also love the beautiful and intuitively designed interface. Ecoute performs mundane music-listening tasks with more style and flair than any other app I've tried. However, I think I've been most impressed by the developer's responsiveness to questions and suggestions about his product. A few months ago, I emailed him to say it would be nice to see gapless playback in Ecoute. He asked me to send him some songs to demonstrate the issue, and then used those to help him add the new feature to this version (2.0). Along the way, he even sent me a couple progress reports and asked for (additional) feedback. Ecoute does have some extra features that I don't use (sharing, scrobbling, etc.) But others will probably find these quite helpful, and they certainly don't get in my way or bog down this wonderful app. The lyrics feature is also a bit hit-and-miss, but I don't think that's the developer's fault. (It's probably a limitation of the lyric service used for this app.) Overall, this is an exceptionally good app, well worth the $10 license, and I recommend it highly. Folks looking for a free alternative to Ecoute should try Vox, which has a notably different feature set but also allows you to listen to music without having iTunes open.
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Myka
03 January 2011
Version: 2.0.1
Not a review, just some comments. I updated to 2.01 hours ago. So far, no crashes for me (on OS X 10.6.5). I love this app: a minimal iTunes controller/player which doesn't require iTunes to be open in order to play the iTunes library, plus there's magic mouse support (for volume control: hover over the controller and scroll up/down). You can sort artists by name/rating, and albums by name/rating/release date. I love the Last.fm scrobbling feature (you can also log into Twitter and Facebook, but I'm not using these), and search YouTube's videos. Plus there's a neat cover art browser (under File -> Get Album Artwork). While playing Type O Negative's "Love you Death" (LOVE that song!), Ecoute's CPU usage ranged between 1.7-2.7% while the music played but ONLY the minimal controller was displayed (that is, I pressed F5 to hide the app's main/search interface). In comparison, while iTunes played the same song (which, by the way, I love, LOL), it used 4-4.3% CPU. In short: I love Ecoute. Great interface, and great features packed into a neat little app. End of comments... ;D
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Shane-Smith
03 January 2011
Version: 2.0.1
I like the new look but I've had 3 crashes so far in the last 5 minutes. Update to 2, crash… twitter authorize… and a general crash for a unknown reason?
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SawtoothRising
03 January 2011
Version: 2.0.1
needs a lot of tweaking before I'll be updating from 1.3.8 music queuing is broken, no quick way to see a current track listing or what's in the supposed play queue and various keyboard shortcuts need refining.
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Djefis
11 December 2010
Version: 1.3.8
The developer is very responsible and the software is friendly.
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Nessuno
05 May 2010
Version: 1.3.8
I wonder what this app might be good for: It uses 20% more ressources (RAM & VRAM) than iTunes. So what?
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Jeff-Wholeman
04 May 2010
Version: 1.3.8
Excellent Little but Powerful and Functional App. It make me feel like my 10$ was well spent. It support my magic mouse gestures as well. Highly recommended!
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SawtoothRising
04 May 2010
Version: 1.3.7
Good to see further support for Last.fm loved tracks, can we see the same for banned tracks soon?
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Spikeymikey
19 March 2010
Version: 1.3.5
This is a great little app - I love it - well worth the money. Would be good if you could see your Genius playlists..... nice to have if possible.
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No-One
13 December 2009
Version: 1.3.5
This is a great app. When I am working I can launch this app without even opening itunes. This app is very beneficial, for (1) itunes can really make your workflow slow, and (2) itunes just adds another window. Anyways, great app. I use this when I don't want to launch itunes, and TunesArt when I want to launch itunes!
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Thealxndr
16 November 2009
Version: 1.3.2
I have been testing Ecoute since it came out. It's a lovely app and very well designed too. There's on only two issues that keep me from buying it. When listening to Web Radios the audio skips from time to time & Ecoute doesn't show the Title & Artist of the song being played. If there's a way to correct these issues ? - Cheers
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Orion-Mk-V
03 November 2009
Version: 1.3.2
Continues to work with iTunes 9.x installed. My only request would be a proper shuffle option at the top of whatever method you're listing -- playlist, rating, artist, genre, etc. Aside from that, it's fast, small and unobtrusive.
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Vincamp
31 October 2009
Version: 1.3
I find the covers size, in album list, are really too small when seen in a high resolution screen. When I search for an album it's easier for me to look for a cover, rather than read the album names and, with this size, recognize the album from the cover is really almost impossible.
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Nmege
09 October 2009
Version: 1.2.6
I don't like the way Ecoute handles menus and lists, which i find as heavy and time-consuming as Front Row's. I'd rather use VOX, another standalone application, but one which is Free. Vox does not recognize Itunes playlists but in addition to its equalizer, it has sound effect options : time, pitch and chorus, reverb and distorsion, echo and compression, flanger and phaser… and a Last FM interface. Supports Drag and drop almost any kind of music file(s) or folders. PS I'm not related to the Vox people, just not convinced by Ecoute's functionalities considering its price.
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Superman-S
23 September 2009
Version: 1.2.6
Ecoute , is useless with iTunes 9 , and no display of radios is bad bad ... Why buy ? when iTunes is the Best ...
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Superman-S
21 September 2009
Version: 1.2.6
There is not even the radio display, do not buy ...
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Soulslave
16 September 2009
Version: 1.2.5
this app should be free
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SawtoothRising
14 September 2009
Version: 1.2.5
for those of you updating to snow leopard, please make sure you re-enable the dock icon otherwise you get a constantly spawning/crashing application that requires a hard reset. if you have this problem, delete your ecoute preference in your ~/library/Preferences folder and the ecoute folder in the ~/library/application support folder and do not try and hide the dock icon
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blablabla-1
12 September 2009
Version: 1.2.5
It's a beauty, that's for sure, but it needs more memory & CPU as my iTunes 9/Snow. Ok, I have to say, to test this I did remove the Helper-App from the Bundle because I didn't wanted a running process after my test which I had to kill with Activity-Mon. But that is not the reason, or is it? I had the rainbow-cursor for few seconds before it was starting to play a song. It jumped while "loading" a sound to over 100% CPU-Usage... That could be because it searched for it's Helper-App?
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Superman-S
10 September 2009
Version: 1.2.5
Ecoute , is useless with iTunes 9
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Suleiman-Khan
28 August 2009
Version: 1.2.4
Although this terrific apps is actually "Snow Leopard Ready" it is not a 64-bit app yet. Given that the primary use of this app is to be a faster/low resources version of itunes, it would be great to get a 64bit version out soon, so we can enjoy little to no resource utilization on Snow leopard.
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SawtoothRising
23 August 2009
Version: 1.2.3
any chance the bug could be fixed where an album stops playing at the end of the second from last track? It's a lot more annoying than the flaky gapless playback I'm experiencing
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Hendo
18 August 2009
Version: 1.2.2
I agree, it's sad because people just keep requesting features upon features, heaping them up and bloating the application. I liked the idea of Ecoute when it first came out. It was a LIGHTWEIGHT alternative to iTunes. I think some of the features being added are not necessary at all, and the dev needs to sit down and think of what ESSENTIALS it needs to be a great alternative to iTunes without being a resource hog.
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Mac Downgrade
16 August 2009
Version: 1.2.1
I find Ecoute a great idea, anyway... I usually take my iPod with me, plug it to my MacBook or to my iMac@work, then play songs from there. It would be great if I could use Ecoute to play song from iPods too, without launching iTunes. (I have emailed the developer 16 days ago, but had no reply from him).
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Still-sparkling
10 August 2009
Version: 1.2
Dear Developer, We appreciate the fact that you are constantly trying to improve your app, but please try to stay focused and do not add “features” that are the opposite of what your app is about and counterproductive to what your users want. Ecoute is supposed to be a small, lightweight interface for manipulating iTunes media, not some bloated social media app. When I turn on Ecoute, I want it to load quickly and play my music in the background using as little processor power and demanding as little of my attention as possible so I can get my real work done. I don't want to “share” anything. I don't want to look at links to Twitter and YouTube and the frigging iTunes store. I don't want a “Social” pref pane for Facebook and last.fm and the rest of that crap. I want Ecoute to load up, play some music, and get the hell out of my way. Instead of that “Social” pref pane, how about one for “Shuffle”? It would be great if Ecoute could be set to shuffle between one or more playlists; we have requested a shuffle feature several versions ago. In short, thanks for the bugfixes, but don't get carried away with the social media garbage. Keep Ecoute small and unobtrusive. That is supposed to be its purpose, right?
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anonymous-heron-1468
08 August 2009
Version: 1.1.93
Wow, what a great software, especially when the party is on!!, I don't start iTunes because of the risk of some friends changing my iTunes playlists or renaming songs...Instead this music player changes only the play count of the songs and some playing information like "last played" that iTunes stores on the library. It's more like the Front Row application but for a multitasking morning.
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blablabla-1
06 August 2009
Version: 1.1.93
[foolishly placed at the wrong place]
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Otto-Robba
05 August 2009
Version: 1.1.92
Huh? My imac has 2gb, I need every ounce I can get. iTunes was reaching over 200mb, not counting gimmesometunes in the background (that one is a hungry little software). If you think I'm associated with the developer, fine. Makes total sense. Me being in Brazil and him being... somewhere in the globe. Total sense. Think before go around making wild assumptions, sometimes they are just plain wrong.
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SawtoothRising
04 August 2009
Version: 1.1.92
if you downloaded 1.1.9 rev2 last night, you need to check for updates again there's a rev3 already that fixes a glaring bug with the desktop controller not starting up again after playing something
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Otto-Robba
03 August 2009
Version: 1.1.9
Does what it says with a very small system footprint. Memory usage for me tends to stay at 35mb, reaching a maximum of 40, 45mbs. Great for when I'm doing heavy work on photoshop and need the extra ram. Has a very simple menubar system, great for those who like to spare dock space, like me. I was in the fence about buying but the quick updates fixed all things that troubled me with it. Now I look forward for new features, such as fetching lyrics. Who knows, right? Would be kinda cool to have it in the dashboard. Pros: Simple to use Great for Minimalists Good value Low Memory footprint Suggestions for improvements: Fetch lyrics (or make itunes open and try to fetch lyrics) Menubar spotlight-like search - quickly find a band or song without having to bring up the ecoute window Making it dashboardable. There is a hack to move stuff from the dashboard to the desktop and it is very useful, maybe if we could move ecoute back and forth? All in all, a great, simple app.
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Philcozz
01 August 2009
Version: 1.1.8
I wasn't going to buy the app when I learned about the hidden helper that deletes files; nothing to delete on my machine, but the principle is too important. When the developer (in a post below) admitted it was the wrong thing to do and in turn removed that code from the app, he received my money. This is just what I was looking for in a music app... Small footprint, access to iTunes library without needing to launch iTunes, and slick interface. It's been stable and it does the trick at a very fair price.
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Vvarp
01 August 2009
Version: 1.1.8
What I don't really get is one specific step taken by developer behind Ecoute - I think he's just young fella, definitely talented, but not really experienced with customer relations. Some of you might recognize it's the same person who released TotalTunes Control few months ago - http://www.eagle-of-liberty.com/totaltunescontrol/ TTC no longer supported, doesn't work with latest iTunes - but for some reason, its still available for purchase. Since I am paid user of TTC, I would like to see some upgrade path from no longer supported product to the current one - without paying full price.
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blablabla-1
31 July 2009
Version: 1.1.8
I assume your lawyer confirmed that it's illegal to delete files without the user's consent. You had to remove it. I'm really glad this comment section isn't all about "how wonderful and shiny" something is. It's also about how people can throw big stones in their own way. No excuses, please: there's enough educational stuff out here to teach you how to handle piracy (you can't) and privacy (you must) (and also what's the difference). I give you a hint: put your "hard work" into the application and the features. Be happy and proud of your honest costumers. Ignore the others. Why? Because you will hurt your honest costumers with that. Instead working at the backbone you fight with piracy-issues. And please, don't forget: you have created ONE application. You deliver the same app to all customers. What's the meaning of that? How many dollars do you think you earn for ONE piece of software? Does it really hurt if some people which only steal software and never buy for it are into your app? Should you care about them? Why waste time with such people? Ignore them as good as you can. I tell ya', that makes your life a lot easier. Piracy is like SPAM, you don't want to read all that stuff and answer it. Except you are a greedy and also insane enough developer. Whining about some people using your software without paying 10$ for it ... makes you a beggar.
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Pixiapps
31 July 2009
Version: 1.1.8
The code that automatically delete a crack-patcher launched while Ecoute Helper is active, has been removed from Ecoute v1.1.8. We have taken all responsability about that, and as some of you think : this is not really fairplay. We really hope you'll forgive us for that and also understand why we did this before. Thank you.
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2shae
27 July 2009
Version: 1.1.7
It's really good, but it's still missing one critical feature for me: - A -true shuffle function- like in iTunes -iWow support would be nice too, although I doubt i'll see that anytime soon. For the rest, it's a great music player. And a good way to show Apple that a excellent music player doesn't need to be a resource hog.
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Ca
25 July 2009
Version: 1.1.7
Dangerously close to perfection!!
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Vincamp
22 July 2009
Version: 1.1.6
Very low resources consumer and easy to use. Just few things to add to reach perfection!
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Orion-Mk-V
22 July 2009
Version: 1.1.6
Sweet. The developer is on a roll with fixes and feature updates and the auto-update/install makes it easy to keep up. ;-)
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Tuishimi
21 July 2009
Version: 1.1.5
I purchased Ecoute for a pittance... I think it is more than worth it. I enjoy the layout and controls. Worth the $ to me. At this point I have nothing negative to say about it.
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Vincamp
21 July 2009
Version: 1.1.5
It would be better in the playlist view to have almums and then songs, instead then directly songs. One question: which are the additional features of the purchased version?
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Vagabundo
18 July 2009
Version: 1.1.3
I greatly appreciate people's passion and dedication to create alternative software. Having choices is good, and it makes total sense to spend some extra money for third party applications that improve or surpass functionality of those that come with OS X. But without wanting to be too critical I wonder, does it make sense to pay for an application that doesn't offer improvement over iTunes? Ecoute, the developer says, doesn't require iTunes to be launched, but then, what is the benefit when you still have to launch Ecoute?
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Exorzist
17 July 2009
Version: 1.1.2
No doubt, there is some true love in it and it has probably some potential. I like the price - I really hate it when they charge 9.90$ just because it looks better. Congrats for that. Ok, I don't care much about CPU- or RAM-usage (if its not to much) because my machine has enough of everything and I also like iTunes and I won't pay for anything involved with free apple-software (which involves constant updating), but that's just me and my iPod. Just so you know: if you have launched the app once it creates a "Ecoute Helper" process which doesn't quit with the application (iTunes has also a "iTunes Helper" process which is launched when someone logs into an account). Why I write this comment? Because someone said I'm rude which is probably true but sometimes you get the good things from rude people which don't care about "being polite".
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Orion-Mk-V
17 July 2009
Version: 1.1.2
Rock solid. Low memory footprint. Nice themes and UI. Nuff said!
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Cerebrl
16 July 2009
Version: 1.1.1
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 Memory: >Real -- 82.66 >Virtual -- 255.60 iTunes (after just launching the app and playing a song) CPU -- 4.9 Threads -- 21 Memory: >Real -- 88.40 >Virtual -- 302.29 Bottom line: Highly Recommended to all iTunes users. Period. _ _ _ _ [Cerebrl]
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Maulrat
15 July 2009
Version: 1.1
With the 1.1 update I'm now experiencing songs skipping ... that is when a song goes to play it plays the first 5 seconds then suddenly skips to the next song. The odd part is that it happens on every other track. Example: Track 1 plays normally Track 2 plays 5 seconds then skips to Track 3, Track 3 plays normal then Track 4 plays 5 seconds then skips to Track 5 ... repeat etc etc etc. This may be related to the new gapless feature (but thats my own speculation).
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SawtoothRising
14 July 2009
Version: 1.0.9
intriguing little application. It's like iTunes and BowTie wrapped into one, only with not so much theme support (yet) not that I mind, I've found a nice theme I can stick with. But Ecoute does have one benefit over BowTie, when using expose to show desktop, the artwork stays just where it is memory usage however is a little over what iTunes uses running solo including Ecoute's little helper application (what that's for I'm not sure but could be the mini window) but if your running BowTie or something else to get global shortcuts and last.fm scrobbling you are actually saving some memory. I am missing the ability to show lyrics and the tick box to enable/disable the playback of certain songs from iTunes. I would like to see an options to remove the entry in Mac os' cmd tab function as I've set up keyboard shortcuts to access the app and would prefer not to have the app cluttering with my frantic cmd tabbing. Without me having to try and hack it of course.
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Cerebrl
13 July 2009
Version: 1.0.7
This little jewel is working fine for me. I am almost positive I will purchase it in a couple of days. I will post back with a full review after a little more testing, but so far, this app is stable, easy to use and exactly what I have been looking for. Oh, and the price is RIGHT! [Cerebrl]
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Andre-ambrosio
12 July 2009
Version: 1.0.5
Doesn't connect to Aiport Express. It's a shame, caue it's a really useful application that does not consume as much memory as iTunes, which I now use only to synchronize the phone. If this app could send audio to my airport without requiring software like Airfoil, it would have my full support. Cheers
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Thus-spake-z
12 July 2009
Version: 1.0.5
When opening Ecoute I get a window telling me "Data base not found. Ecoute cannot find any iTunes data base." Hmmm, what's up with that? My iTunes app is working just fine so it must have a data base somewhere on my hard drive but I just can't find it, and I did search for it. Looks like my introduction to Ecoute is off to a bad start. How annoying.
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Robotank
11 July 2009
Version: 1.0
My initial impressions of this app are very good. It's far lighter than iTunes, making it way more pleasant to use if I just want to listen to an album. It also has global hotkeys and a menu bar item for easy control. A couple things I'd like to see: 1) The ability to display lyrics. 2) The listing of artists orders artists whose names begin with "The" under T. I'd much prefer the iTunes method where it ignores "The" and orders by the first letter of the next word.
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Mayersj1
11 July 2009
Version: 1.0
I really like this application. I've had no problems with it and the best part, is that all three of my Macs can access the iTunes library stored on a NAS drive at the same time. iTunes will lock the library when opened (for good reason), but Ecoute, being a playback offering has no issues at all with sharing the library. This works better for me than the Firefly client that's out there.
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Fariborz
10 July 2009
Version: 1.0
Finally a program that plays iTunes without the need for its original application. What a relief! Now I can use my favorite iTunes music without worrying about the iTunes gobbling all my precious RAM and slowing down my computer. Moreover, Ecoute has a very nice intuitive interface and displays even my iTunes videos. Add to this its low price and you come up with a real manna for music lovers. I bought it minutes after first trying it and highly recommend it to all iTunes users. Fariborz AMIRSHAHI - Verona (Italy)
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4.1

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
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