We’ve been exploring software available for replacing iTunes. Why are we searching for an iTunes alternative? We want better quality in the audio stream and more control options during distribution throughout our house. Ideally, this would include automatic switching between different formats, resolutions, and bit rates.
Currently, iTunes converts everything to the bit rate set in “Audio MIDI Setup”. We are now listening to more 88.2/96 Khz files in various formats like FLAC (which iTunes does not handle). Our recent music is coming from HDTracks so the HD formats are manditory. We also want seamless syncing with our Apple devices. So far we’ve not found that magic combination.
This post represents our quest for information and will be updated as new information is found.
The options found so far:
|1||Amarok||GPL||Free||KDE||2013-08-13||Available via Macports.|
|2||Amarra*||Proprietary||$99 to $695||Mac OS X|
|4||Audirvana*||GPLv3||Free||Mac OS X||Objective-C||2012-03-01|
|5||Audirvana Plus*||Proprietary||$74||Mac OS X||2012-06-03|
|6||Banshee||MIT||Free||X11||c# using Mono||2012-03-21|
|7||BitPerfect*||Proprietary||$9.99||Mac OS X||2014-03-22||Mac App Store. Works as add-on to iTunes.|
|9||cmus||GPLv2||Free||Mac OS X||C||2014-03-13||Available via Macports.|
|10||COG||GPL||Free||Mac OS X||Objective-C||2013-07-11|
|11||Decibel*||Proprietary||$33||Mac OS X||2012-01-05|
|12||Ecoute||Proprietary||$7.99||Mac OS X||2012-01-19||Mac App Store.|
|13||Everplay||$14.95||2010-10-18||Web site is wierd & broken.|
|14||Fidelia*||Proprietary||$19.95||Mac OS X||2014-03-20|
|15||Fidelia Advanced*||Proprietary||$49.95||Mac OS X||2014-03-20|
|16||Instinctiv||Proprietary||Free||Mac OS X||2011-11-18|
|17||iTunes||Proprietary||Free||Mac OS X||2012-03-28|
|19||Jukes||Creative Commons||Free||JRE 1.6+||Java||2010-10-30|
|20||Miro||GPL||Free||Mac OS X||C, Python, Objective-C||Focused on TV, Video HD, and Torrents|
|22||Music Player Daemon||GPLv2||Free||C++||2014-02-07||Available from Macports, Fink, Homebrew.|
|23||Neutrino||Proprietary||$29.95||Mac OS X||2011-04-15||Was named AudioCodex. AU Effects, Per Track settings.|
|24||Play||GPLv2||Free||Mac OS X||Objective-C||2010-09-12||Not in active development.|
|25||Plex||Proprietary||Free||Mac OS X||2012-02-27||Media Server|
|26||Pure Music*||Proprietary||$129||Mac OS X|
|27||Pure Vinyl||Proprietary||$229||Mac OS X|
|28||simple song||Proprietary||Free||Applescript||2010-02-17||Simply a search bar where the name is typed and simple song finds the music on your hard drive and plays it. No preferences. No browsing.|
|30||Logitech Media Server||GPL||Free||Mac OS X||Perl||2012-03-14||For use with squeezebox.|
|31||Songbird||GPLv2||Free||Mac OS X||C++||2012-01-25|
|32||Vox||Creative Commons||Free||Mac OS X||2011-08-09|
|33||XMBC||GPL||Free||Mac OS X||C++||2012-03-24|
* Considered Audiophile, whatever that means.
Wikipedia lists a number of proprietary options for Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software that should work on a Mac. This post details my experience looking for schematic capture. This post will be updated as I work through the options to find a schematic creation and board design software for the Mac.
- McCAD. PCB-ST: Lite – free – about 150 pins, SE500 – $24.95 – about 450 pins. Schematics: Lite – free – about 150 pins, SE500 – $24.95 – about 450 pins. Basic schematic $295, Everything $1395 Several other versions/price options. last release 10 June 2012. Available in the Mac App Store.
- Osmond PCB. $79, free for designs less than 700 pins, last update 20 Mar 2014, does not do schematic capture or simulation.
- DesignWorks. $70 for LogicWorks (Released 17 Jan 2014), $200 for DesignWorks Pro (Released 07 Jan 2014). Only Available in the Mac App Store.
- Eagle. $315 for standard schematic capture to $820 for standard layout, schematic capture, and routing. Update 6.5 released 7 Aug 2013. Light edition ($69) is limited to 100 x 80 mm board size, 2 board layers, and 1 schematic sheet. Good description of the various options is located here. Library of components seems very complete right down to the manufactures name and part number. So far the best I have found. The GUI is a little non-mac like as its obviously using non-native or cross platform library.
- Douglas. $25 if you use Douglas for PC boards, $495 to use with other manufacturers. Demo expires in 30 days. A lot of pages on the web site do not function. Does not inspire.
- DesignSpark PCB.
- Mentor Graphics.
Wikipedia lists a number of free and open source (FOSS) options for Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software that should work on a Mac. This post details my experience looking for schematic capture. Trials were run using a MacBook Pro, OS X 10.6.6. This post will be updated as I work through the options to find a schematic creation and board design software for the Mac.
- CBOLD. Is a C++ framework for a schematic design. One creates a C++ program that describes the design. Not what I was looking for. Authors have not tested on OSX even though Wikipedia lists it as Mac architecture.
- Electic (Java). Seems to work but could not easily find a transformer element.
- gEDA (X11). Not interested in running x11.
- Icarus Verilog.
- Kicad. Could not get Kicad to work native on the Mac. Documentation for the native Mac version was very hard to find. Mac users in the development list were reporting much better success using Ubuntu in VMware on the Mac. The Sourceforge download page lists two sources (Brokentoaster and Mdx4) for Mac versions. Mdx4 seemed out of date with last version dated Sept 2010. The Kicad Wiki lists an additional source that I used as it seemed more up to date as it was a nightly build.
- KLayout. Layout viewer (GDS and OASIS) and editor. Based on Qt and Ruby. Maintenance release 0.21.16, 5 March 2012. Binary available for 10.6. Seems focused on chip design not boards.
- LayoutEditor. Latest version is dated 18 Dec 2011. Three versions; Full ($1499), Reduced ($379), and Basic ($49). Schematic capture requires full version. Requires license to save/export.
- MyHDL. Uses python as a hardware description and verification language to create Verilog and VHDL files. Ignored for this reason.
- Open Schematic Capture (Java). Open Schematic Capture is a set of programs intended to be a production grade open source mixed analog/digital IC schematic entry tool along with a project manager and net listers. A system level simulator and a data viewer are also included. Alpha release 20 March 2012. Have to type in Terminal to start and modify shell scripts. Was not intuitive GUI. Could not get it to work.
- Quite Universal Circuit Simulator (QUCS). Latest version 11 Dec 2011. Seems to work fine. This is really focused on simulation and not schematic creation and board design.
- MI-Sugar. Circuit simulation. Discontinued.
- ngspice. Circuit simulation only.
- MacSpice. Circuit simulation only.