Author Topic: Comparison of Audio Player software  (Read 3205 times)

jackuars

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I was looking at the comparison charts at Wikipedia, and boy! MusicBee is just amazing compared to other music managers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_audio_player_software

So am here to ask Steven if there are any changes to be made in the Wikipedia article, and also to look at certain features that's unavailable in the player, whether they will be implemented in the future.

The comparison page includes:

O.S requirement: Only Windows
Metadata ability: Perfect
Playlist ability: Perfect
Features: Video playback missing and No outbound streaming
Extended features: Perfect, except for no A-B repeat. Will this be implemented? [if someone wants to hear only a portion of the song for study]
Audio Format ability: Perfect, except for no lossy compression for Real Audio
Container Format ability: MP4 and Ogg only
Scalable, composite and emulation format abilities: NSF only
Protocol abilities: No RTSP and MMS
Optical media ability: "?" for DVD-Audio and HDCD





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BoraBora

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I'm only a user but here's my contribution:

* O.S requirement: Only Windows

Of course, and I don't think Steven will port it to Linux and OSX. Do you realize he should rewrite it almost from scratch?

* Features: Video playback missing and No outbound streaming

Thank god, it's a music player, not a media player.  ;) And I don't see much use for outbound streaming.

* Audio Format ability: Perfect, except for no lossy compression for Real Audio

Frankly, who cares about Real Audio support? This (crappy) format is so 90's...

* Container Format ability: MP4 and Ogg only

I'm not sure some esoteric containers would be much use to anyone.

* Scalable, composite and emulation format abilities: NSF only

Again, few people in the world will use this.

* Protocol abilities: No RTSP and MMS

I don't use streaming, so I'll skip this point.

* Optical media ability: "?" for DVD-Audio and HDCD

DVD-A support could maybe be useful. HDCD sure would.



Now, about this wikipedia page: it's misleading, plain and simple.

* Included are lots of players whose development has been stopped for up to 10 years (Sonique, Zinf, Audion, Musicmatch Jukebox, Listen, XMMS) or some very ultra-specialized players, like Napster or MPXPlay (a console player for Windows, really?  :D).

* iTunes and WMP are not included because they're labelled as "video players". That's ludicrous, since they're probably the most used music players in the world. And where's Winamp? Well, it's a "video player", too.  :D And the same goes for JRiver MediaCenter.

* Tag support is split between two tables:

First is the "tag flexible" column in the "Extended features" table (quote: "Flexible tagging is the ability to read or write custom tags, apart from the default ones like title, album and date. Users can use custom tags to provide additional information to media files. Custom tags work via ID3v2.4 (via the TXXX tag field), Vorbis comments and APEv2"). What about displaying, sorting and filtering them, searching for them, in every part of the player? If it's not possible, then they're useless. Now some of these players can't do that. You can see them in a "properties" windows, and that's about all.

Second is the "Metadata ability" table. Well, I'm sorry, but if you don't support custom Vorbis tags, then your support is not "YES" but it should be labelled as "Partial". Because custom tags are part of the standard from the beginning. Splitting "tag flexible" and "Metadata ability" makes no sense.

* Devoting lots of columns to features nobody cares about is fine, but it doesn't tell you about a player's usability. Same goes for some features, like skinning. And it doesn't tell you how often the player is updated, how reactive and receptive the developper(s) is (are).

In conclusion, not much sleep to lose on this page.  MusicBee is already in the top3, features-wise. ;)

Edit: I just saw there's no mention of multivalued tags support, which is nonetheless essentiel.
Last Edit: May 29, 2013, 11:26:27 PM by BoraBora

VX

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I'm only a user but here's my contribution:

* Features: Video playback missing
Thank god, it's a music player, not a media player.  ;)


As an addition, you can configure an external video player to use with MusicBee. Furthermore, there is a video playback plugin for MB (The discussed table is not up-to-date, so does the plugin  ;)).

Other than that, I fully agree with BoraBora's opinion. Thanks for sharing  :)


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Correct me if I'm wrong, but if I recall correctly A-B repeat is supported as well, but is not as intuitive as in other players (no predefined button for that function).

BTW. Can someone update the comparison table in Wikipedia ???

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Madmaxneo

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I've seen mention of a video payback plugin. But will I be able to play "audio" DVD's?

The reason I ask I recently downloaded this ambient music 5.1 audio DVD ISO from this site https://archive.org/details/opensource_audio and it will not play in MB. Which isn't surprising due to the fact I don't have any plugins so far except for the MB remote (which works great btw).

Bruce