EDIT: I originally posted this in the wrong forum I think, so reposting it here.
I've been lurking here for a year or so now and just wanted to say thanks to everyone for all the information, opinions, help, advice, etc. This is one of my favorite sites and fits my interests perfectly. About a year ago, I started a personal project to build an audio player that better fit my needs and head-fi provided alot of info about what people wanted, as well as shaping what I wanted out of the app. I had a pretty basic list of requirements, so thanks for all the unintentional suggestions/ideas.
Here's a little bit about the player i'm building:
- Doesn't crash when devices change out from under it (i don't like getting my laptop from home->work only to have the app crash, or have to re-select my output device). FWIW, this is what led me to start this in the first place.
- Takes input from USB devices. I have USB record player that I send through the laptop and then out to the dac/amp/speakers.
- Lets me set audio effects filters (there's 2 that i just love from LSRAudio)
- Lets me set the various params, like exclusive mode, sample rate, format.
- Does sample rate conversion instead of just matching the input source (though i'm not sure if this is a good thing, seems to sound more pleasing to me, thoughts?)
- Allows for me to use my iTunes library for content (anything i buy outside of iTunes usually ends up moving into there so I can use it w/ my phone, etc.)
- Allows for me to use Spotify content.
- Light on CPU usage.
- Work w/ iTunes visualizers.
- Small footprint on-screen.
- Its gotta be pretty (to me).
I had a few questions re how people work with their music on the mac:
* How important is FLAC playback? Are there other formats not natively supported that are viewed as a requirement? Integrating it into my audio engine seems like its going to be a time intensive endeavor, so I wanted to see if it's really wanted before I jumped in. I end up converting everything to ALAC so I can get it into iTunes.
* Is being able to select a directory and create playlists from that very desired? I've been thinking really hard about this lately and I'm on the fence. While I want to share all this data to my phone, I hate jumping back to iTunes to rearrange playlists, add things, etc. I'm on the fence because I don't do it that often, but when I do I can't help but think "wow, this sucks that i have to do this".
* Is it possible i'm missing some big must-have feature for people? Let me know.
Here's a copy of the app: http://d.pr/f/cYNl
If you're not on a mac or don't want to try it, here's a video: http://d.pr/v/yUL5
- Search doesn't work yet
- I'm still not happy with how navigating ones library works, suggestions welcome.
- It's not saving filter settings just yet, though some filters save their own settings.
- I haven't run it on a computer other than my own yet.
Thanks for you feedback, and if you don't leave any, thanks for at least humoring me and reading along. :D