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Windows 7: High sound quality Low memory usage music player

16 Oct 2011   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gornot View Post
Um, yeah, XMplay uses BASS audio libraries, which pretty much means that playing and streaming AAC sucks... Like, a lot! This is the exact reason I stopped using MusicBee, which is a far better player than anything I've tried.

I've tried them all, and none of them are actually THAT good for me (yes, I'm very picky). In the end I settled with iTunes because Apple's AAC codec is still the absolute best for ripping music to AAC. It's easy to setup and use (probably because it has so much restrictions and such a large lack of professional features) but considering that I am a Sound Forge user for around 8 years now, I don't mind. iTunes can perform quite well if you tweak its services a bit, taking as low as 30MB of memory. That, and quite a large number of radio stations I can listen to without downloading the streams makes it my chosen audio player. And, since I recently started re-ripping my CDs to a higher bitrate AAC instead of just sticking with MP3, I don't really have a need for any other (audio) media player because Sound Forge reads them all (well, almost all) and gives me the chance to make some edits, save them to WAV and then convert to AAC.

It's the ease of use here rather than having a beasty player with tons of cool stuff I have to setup for "hours" (metaphorically)

well then.. new question... what music player has the best SOUND QUALITY... i dont need to convert aac to anything or do anything like that... i just want to listen to music while i draw...

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16 Oct 2011   #12

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sporus View Post

well then.. new question... what music player has the best SOUND QUALITY... i dont need to convert aac to anything or do anything like that... i just want to listen to music while i draw...
There should be very little, if any, difference between the various music players' sound quality, unless you are using different equalizer or DSP settings.
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17 Oct 2011   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sporus View Post
well then.. new question... what music player has the best SOUND QUALITY... i dont need to convert aac to anything or do anything like that... i just want to listen to music while i draw...
Though there have been some discussions about varying quality of sound throughout different media players, this is all irrelevant. An average music lover rips their CDs to a mid-bitrate MP3 which is playable anywhere, anytime.
The sound quality depends solely on the quality of the file itself, not the way its decoded and reproduced or streamed. I only mentioned XMplay as a bad choice because it uses BASS audio libraries, so if your music already is in AAC (yes, I agree you don't have to convert anything to listen to it), you'll simply have a bad experience.

From my own personal knowledge of MP3 and its encoders and decoders, I would suggest foobar2000 if you can appreciate its primitive, god-awful look. There are tons of skins for the player you can find on deviantART though chances are that if you're looking for eye candy, you won't find anything that suits you... Not to mention that skins can be a b***h to set up just the way you want them to; you may have to dive into coding through tutorials and crap, which just takes the fun out of simple and easy music reproduction.

So, give MusicBee a try. The player looks rather good on its own accord and can be easily customizable. If you wish, download it and install it, then go to the help page, expand all the questions and follow any and all instructions over there. That is where you'll be downloading the encoders you may wish to use in the future. But again, like I said, if you have music in AAC instead of MP3, avoid this player.

On the other hand, if you have music in many different codecs (like MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA, FLAC, APE etc.) you can either try Winamp or MediaMonkey.
Personally, MediaMonkey is ugly as hell and just looks and feels complicated from the first time you start it up, while installing Winamp means a lot of unnecessary bloat for simple music reproduction, so if you go with that, be sure to choose a custom install and uncheck any services you don't use (shoutcast and stuff).

Of course, the easiest player to use is iTunes, but it can take a lot of RAM if you don't know how and which services to tweak or turn off to make it more efficient.
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