Best Free Music Players for Mac 2018

If you own a Mac, and are looking for ways to manage your music library, you will come across numerous apps to make this possible. However, having so many options to choose from does not make it easier to make an informed decision. It becomes difficult to determine which music player best fits your needs and requirements.

Even though iTunes is available, and does manage to get the job done, there are still much better options out there. Whether you are a casual listener or an audiophile looking for an easy-to-use music player without any frills, here are a few options for you to consider:

1. Winamp

Winamp has been around for quite some time. In fact it was so popular in the 90s; it is still considered as as the go-to music player for any and all audio file formats. Even though Winamp has seen better days, it has plenty of features to offer, ranging from CD importing and CD playback. Additionally, once installed, it automatically scans your Mac for available music, separating them from one another.

If that is not enough, the handy dandy music player automatically retrieves cover art, and requests confirmation for the validity of the cover before proceeding to upload the file. You can also customize the way the application looks, with the option to download skins from the internet.

The music player’s fan following is so strong, that it is supported by none other than its own community of users. It also has a forum that is updated constantly, making it the perfect app for music players.

2. Tomahawk

Tomahawk is not only available for Mac, but it is available for Windows, Ubuntu and Linux as well, which is not even the icing of the cake. Once installed, Tomahawk scans and separates music files automatically, schedule scans for new music uploads or just drag and drop music files to create your very own library.

On the other hand, Tomahawk is compatible with other music services like Spotify, Grooveshark and What this means is that when you search for music, the app will search your local library as well as the service you synced it with in the first place.

When playing a song, you will be notified regarding the source and will be provided with useful information like list of popular songs and info pages.

Seeing how easy it is to use Tomahawk with other services, it will be of great use to those that wish to utilize different music streaming services on a single platform.

3. Decibel

You will be surprised to know that Decibel looks quite a lot like iTunes. It may seem like a rip-off at first, but there is more to it than meets the eye.

The music player is created for the sole purpose of catering audiophiles by supporting all lossy and lossless audio formats, including Ogg Vorbis, FLAC and Wavpack. Decibel even manages to provide gapless playback for said audio formats.

If you’re expecting more, you are in luck. Decibel even gives you the ability to tweak the sample rate of different tracks, thus overcoming sound degradation.

With a user friendly interface, the app will be a breeze to go through, even though you may not have tweaked music before.

4. Play

A large number of people prefer having their tech work cut short, without requiring putting in much thought or effort. If you are one such individual, then Play is exactly what you have been looking for all along.

Play was created by the very same team that brought you Decibel, which should explain why the two look awfully familiar. Moreover, the two music players support the same audio formats too. However, this is where similarities between the two end.

With this music player, you get replay gain, which means that music will be played on the same volume, even if some tracks are louder. This will ensure you will not have to fidget with the volume in case a loud track starts playing.

With the built-in metadata editor, you can manually edit track information without any hassles whatsoever.  This can be done on more than one track. If metadata is missing, you can always download it from MusicBrainz.

Play is social media friendly, allowing integration. Furthermore, you can join listening communities for an experience unlike any other.

5. Ecoute

Ecoute serves as a standalone player as well as an extension for iTunes. But what it is really good at is library management.

The music player plays podcasts and videos from your iTunes library. Despite the fact the app works with iTunes, it does not require for iTunes to be running in the background.

Since it works with iTunes, Ecoute is able to retrieve metadata and can be used in conjunction with services like Twitter, Facebook and, thus giving you the ability to share what you are listening to at that moment.

Ecoute is incredibly simple in every way. The music player may not be free, but considering its measly cost, there is no reason why you should not give it a try.

With the aforementioned best free music players (and a lowly priced one), you will find it easier to make the right decision. Seeing their offerings and comparing it with what you need in the first place, this will no longer be a problem.

Do note that most of these music players are not necessarily available from the Mac App Store, and you will be redirected to third party sites. Fortunately, these sites come highly recommended and are reliable to say the least. But this does not mean you should download the music player of your choosing from any site you come across, extreme vigilance is advised.

So what are you really waiting for? Install the music player you want, pop in that Metallica CD you have been wanting to rock on your Mac, and watch the magic happen in all its glory.


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Anas Dilshad is a Digital Marketing Expert and works with MacAppers. I love to share everything related to Mac. Feel free to ask any query about Mac at my Twitter Profile @anasdilshad1



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