Whamb
Whamb 1.2
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High quality, skinnable digital audio player.   Free
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Whamb is a skinnable digital audio player for Mac OS X. For now, it supports Audio CDs, MP3 and Ogg Vorbis files and Internet streams. Share now your music on your local area network! Whamb is the first to use Rendezvous technology to offer you a easy way to share your playlists and songs, without any configuration required. Indeed, Rendezvous's advantage is to be "zeroconf".

The first idea behind Whamb was first to build a light and fast MP3/OGG player for Mac OS X only. After the loss of some cool players running on Mac OS 9.x, you, user, didn't have a lot of choice on OS X. Whamb isn't
What's New
Version 1.2 adds the following:
  • MP3 and OGG stream ripping feature. Tagging and auto track cuts are supported
  • Ogg Vorbis streaming support (Icecast), with format auto detection system
  • Better skinnable player window behaviour (click-through and floating window easy-switch)
  • New tiny skin named Leaf
  • Several skins now have a nice network's buffers gauge when streaming audio
  • Lots of bugs fixed (stream's connection problems don't block Whamb, removed MP3's "rough click" which happened sometimes, better seeker, low bitrates MP3 and Ogg tracks now properly supported)
  • You can now choose and fix the server port used by the Rendezvous sharing feature
  • Started optimization for the PowerPC 970
  • now it's Freeware/Donationware
Version 1.2 adds the following:
  • MP3 and OGG stream ripping feature. Tagging and auto track cuts are supported
  • Ogg Vorbis streaming support (Icecast), with format auto detection system
  • Better skinnable player window behaviour (click-through and floating window easy-switch)
  • New tiny skin named Leaf
  • Several skins now have a nice more...
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.2 or later






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Robert reviewed on 18 Dec 2006
You're better off with Xiph and Perian for QT, and VLC.
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Jcraig reviewed on 13 Apr 2006
Works great in Rosetta. Whamb is seriously overdue for an update, but it's still the best player on OSX for playing .ogg streams.
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Anonymous reviewed on 30 Sep 2005
very good application, but take care...
Whamb creates problems with hard drive file structure so I need to make a "fsck" (or repair disk) each time I use it
(OSX Tiger)
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Anonymous reviewed on 20 Aug 2005
Whamb is a nice and small audio player. With less bloat and taste for system resources I like it more than iTunes. Still Whamb suffers from a lack of some important features. These include:
- equalizer presets
- more flexible playlist management
- professionally designed skins
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Anonymous reviewed on 11 Aug 2005
For those having problems with deleting playlist entries, disabling the warning dialogue in the preferences fixes it.

Also I had some problems installing skins. Try this:
1) Download it is and remove the .tgz from the filename so that is reads .wskin
2) Then instead of dragging it into the app which doesn't work anyway, from Whamb select File->Open and choose the *.wskin file. It should install automatically (without and notification) and appear in the Skins menu.
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Anonymous reviewed on 21 Jun 2005
Whamb is actually the best way to listen to OGG files with Tiger since OGG vobis support in iTunes is broken under Tiger. See also the new cog 03.
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Anonymous reviewed on 03 Apr 2005
Wow, this could be exactly what I was looking for. I can keep my music folders intact without "importing" (and subsequent unwanted reshuffling of my files) and make playlists very quickly.

Regarding the skins, most are a bit skimpy, unless you are a minimalist or like the interface always on top, though they have an interesting rounded feel. More skins are available via the author's homepage.

This runs nicely on an ibook 700mhz seems much peppier than iTunes.

Unfortunately I could not get any internet streams to play. Some just refused to start others cause the unexpected crash. Stability score is affected by this alone as it seems to work well aside from this feature.

Keep up the good work!

Francisco
[Version 1.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 26 Feb 2005
Whamb is a good app, but for anyones who doesn't know it, itunes supports OGG files!

http://www.illadvised.com/~jordy/
[Version 1.2]

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Anonymous commented on 21 Jun 2005
OGG Vorbis is broken with Tiger, so iTunes cant paly ogg. Whamb (and Cog) are THE best alternatives for now on.
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Anonymous reviewed on 24 Jul 2004
I was loking for some lower cpu usage player that WORKS without "this is beta.." excuses. work fine skins are cool too, iTunes is overall the best app. but when I need to listen music while PS and Flash are open saves me cpu.
[Version 1.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 26 Mar 2004
I just started using Whanb. It is the only thing that also me to listen to streaming Ogg Vorbis that a local radio station just implemented. When it works it sounds great. When it doesn't it is very quiet. I haven't yet figured out what the problem is. When iTunes is open it always quits. When a web browser is opened it usually quits. Sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it just plays for a while and gets tired and quits. I am using panther (OS 10.3.5). maybe that is the problem.
[Version 1.2]

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Anonymous commented on 17 Jul 2004
I have had exactly the same erratic performance with Whamb using OS 10.3.5. I finally gave up. It should be possible to use open source players, but I haven't had the time to play with this.
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Downloads:12,297
Version Downloads:6,685
Type:Multimedia Design : MP3
License:Free
Date:23 May 2003
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Whamb is a skinnable digital audio player for Mac OS X. For now, it supports Audio CDs, MP3 and Ogg Vorbis files and Internet streams. Share now your music on your local area network! Whamb is the first to use Rendezvous technology to offer you a easy way to share your playlists and songs, without any configuration required. Indeed, Rendezvous's advantage is to be "zeroconf".

The first idea behind Whamb was first to build a light and fast MP3/OGG player for Mac OS X only. After the loss of some cool players running on Mac OS 9.x, you, user, didn't have a lot of choice on OS X. Whamb isn't ported from Classic/OS 9, it is build for Mac OS X and can't run on Classic. Whamb takes part of the new Mac OS X technologies like CoreAudio, CoreGraphics ("Quartz"), Mach threads, and a few optimizations for G4 (Altivec).

Whamb first accepts MP3 files and net streams. But we want to introduce you to a new audio format named Ogg Vorbis. Definitively better than MP3's, we think that Ogg Vorbis files (.ogg) could become a new standard in the future (quality is about the same as AAC files, but it's absolutely free). Feel free to visit the Ogg Vorbis Web site for more info on that great audio format.


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