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What's the most user-friendly media player software? (must play FL
krabapple
post Dec 7 2009, 18:43
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Here's the sitch. I myself use foobar2K and my friends are all impressed by me using a laptop as a media server.
So now I need to set one up for one of my friends. However, I think f2K is too tweako for him by several orders of magnitude.
He's not a computer oriented guy, his main exposure is using a desktop for email, word processing and such.

He DOES know how to rip his CDs and encode them to properly tagged FLAC files (I configured EAC for him, thougjh I may
switch him to dbPoweramp).

Is there a really easy-to-use alternative to F2k? Like an iTunes that plays flacs? Because I don't want to
have to do constant IT support for his music server after it's set up. Ideally it should

-- play FLAC files
-- be able to scan a drive/folder and update the music library automatically
-- display album art (finding and downloading automatically would be nice too), and basic track information (title, album, artist, date, tracknumber)
-- allow EASY creation of playlists
-- allow tag/filename editing (this is secondary to the other functions)







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RonaldDumsfeld
post Dec 10 2009, 15:23
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This is crux of the OPs question.

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Is there a really easy-to-use alternative to F2k?


A really good answer to this question is Spotify

In fact if your mates are so lazy they cba to do it themselves and think you are so gullible you'll do it for them it gets you out of an onerous heldesk support responsibility. It's also very good advice.

Someone else has professionally ripped, tagged, filed. secured and normalised pretty much every tune you already own plus a few more. The interface has been state of the art, best practise nailed. Album art automatic, its fast enough to preview tracks like you would with a stylus in a vinyl shop, almost any functionality available via 3rd party plug ins, light footprint, Gush Gush etc etc. You can even take it with you to any PC with the software installed!!

I know I'm being more than a trifle supercilious here. The OP asked for FLAC and quite clearly intended his friend to use his own local music. Also Spotify is Europe only atm and even then there is sometimes a waiting list for the Free service. Still think it warrants a mention though. Particularly for the type of consumer in question.

I have been collecting music in all formats now for nearly half a century and was initially sceptical and only tried it as a gimmick and because it was free but now 6 months down the line it's just too good an idea and totally what people want that even if Spotify itself fails a similar global juke box is an inevitability. All the music. None of the hassle.
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- krabapple   What's the most user-friendly media player software? (must play FL   Dec 7 2009, 18:43
- - zipr   Mediamonkey? The latest free version now does fol...   Dec 7 2009, 18:47
- - Canar   Really, I don't see why a set-up installation ...   Dec 7 2009, 19:23
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (Canar @ Dec 7 2009, 13:23) Really,...   Dec 7 2009, 20:14
|- - Canar   QUOTE (krabapple @ Dec 7 2009, 14:14) Wha...   Dec 7 2009, 21:32
- - andy_c   QUOTE (krabapple @ Dec 7 2009, 11:43) Is ...   Dec 7 2009, 19:49
- - FasterThanEver   > Is there a really easy-to-use alternative to ...   Dec 7 2009, 20:06
- - krabapple   Must add one more criterion -- it has to work in W...   Dec 7 2009, 20:11
- - botface   Another vote for Winamp. Plays FLAC (and most othe...   Dec 7 2009, 21:03
- - ncrollo   +1 for mediamonkey, the free version has just enou...   Dec 7 2009, 21:27
- - RonaldDumsfeld   QUOTE foobar2000 is very simple, and takes incredi...   Dec 7 2009, 21:43
|- - Canar   QUOTE (RonaldDumsfeld @ Dec 7 2009, 15:43...   Dec 7 2009, 22:41
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (Canar @ Dec 7 2009, 16:41) QUOTE (...   Dec 8 2009, 01:45
- - JunkieXL   I love foobar, but from his post, he is looking fo...   Dec 7 2009, 21:46
- - RonaldDumsfeld   Don't get me wrong Canar. I think foobar is a ...   Dec 7 2009, 23:07
- - Cokemonkey11   +1 for media monkey, tried it again after a year o...   Dec 8 2009, 01:00
- - greynol   That sort of sums up my experience with fb2k as we...   Dec 8 2009, 03:43
- - jayg30   Not to throw fuel on the fire but I just feel a ne...   Dec 8 2009, 09:09
- - unekdoud   I don't see much of a problem with foobar2000 ...   Dec 8 2009, 10:25
- - Trondis   I thought Foobar was very difficult to set up and ...   Dec 8 2009, 12:24
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (Trondis @ Dec 8 2009, 11:24) I tho...   Dec 9 2009, 15:08
- - jmcguckin   QUOTE (jayg30 @ Dec 8 2009, 03:09) Sorry ...   Dec 8 2009, 14:55
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (jmcguckin @ Dec 8 2009, 08:55) and...   Dec 8 2009, 17:59
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (krabapple @ Dec 8 2009, 16:59) QUO...   Dec 9 2009, 15:05
- - RonaldDumsfeld   This thread is amusing. Bloke writes in to ask...   Dec 8 2009, 18:00
|- - Canar   QUOTE (RonaldDumsfeld @ Dec 8 2009, 12:00...   Dec 8 2009, 22:20
- - singaiya   Haha, totally. @krabapple, have you looked at song...   Dec 8 2009, 18:09
- - krabapple   Thanks, but I've decided the easiest path for ...   Dec 8 2009, 18:25
- - Canar   I'm just completely confounded by krabapple...   Dec 8 2009, 18:30
- - jmcguckin   QUOTE (krabapple @ Dec 8 2009, 11:59) QUO...   Dec 8 2009, 19:52
- - greynol   QUOTE it's clear that you prefer to introduce ...   Dec 8 2009, 19:55
|- - Canar   QUOTE (greynol @ Dec 8 2009, 13:55) Enoug...   Dec 8 2009, 21:21
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (Canar @ Dec 8 2009, 15:21) QUOTE (...   Dec 8 2009, 22:15
|- - Canar   QUOTE (krabapple @ Dec 8 2009, 16:15) Wha...   Dec 8 2009, 22:31
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (Canar @ Dec 8 2009, 16:31) QUOTE (...   Dec 9 2009, 04:15
|- - Canar   QUOTE (krabapple @ Dec 8 2009, 22:15) If ...   Dec 9 2009, 13:50
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (Canar @ Dec 9 2009, 07:50) The fea...   Dec 9 2009, 18:57
|- - Canar   QUOTE (krabapple @ Dec 9 2009, 12:57) Act...   Dec 9 2009, 19:11
- - antropoid   I Think Foobar is the way to go, but I second medi...   Dec 8 2009, 20:13
- - greynol   From someone who is ambivalent about the topic at ...   Dec 8 2009, 21:33
- - trout   QUOTE (krabapple @ Dec 7 2009, 12:43) Lik...   Dec 8 2009, 22:28
- - shakey_snake   Rather than repeating the same line of arguments t...   Dec 9 2009, 05:00
|- - Antonski   QUOTE (shakey_snake @ Dec 9 2009, 06:00) ...   Dec 9 2009, 22:43
- - carpman   My impression about the ultra pro fb2k angles is t...   Dec 9 2009, 07:23
|- - shakey_snake   QUOTE (carpman @ Dec 9 2009, 01:23) @ Can...   Dec 9 2009, 16:12
|- - pdq   QUOTE (shakey_snake @ Dec 9 2009, 11:12) ...   Dec 9 2009, 17:46
- - 2E7AH   Another idea 1by1 All suggested players can...   Dec 9 2009, 14:10
- - DonP   Hmm.. I find Foobar the easiest to use of the 4 or...   Dec 9 2009, 15:35
- - 2t0nEg   As stated a few posts above, J-River Media Jukebox...   Dec 9 2009, 15:40
- - Squeller   There's a lot things fb2k is good at, but I...   Dec 9 2009, 16:22
- - shakey_snake   This post is a great example of iTunes not making ...   Dec 9 2009, 16:25
- - greynol   The people interested in "easy" don...   Dec 9 2009, 16:30
- - shakey_snake   I'm more looking at the user interaction metap...   Dec 9 2009, 16:54
- - greynol   Look, to me this really seems like PC people tryin...   Dec 9 2009, 17:00
- - Innuendo_   Hopped in here to recommend MusicBee, but looks li...   Dec 9 2009, 17:28
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (Innuendo_ @ Dec 9 2009, 11:28) Hop...   Dec 9 2009, 18:00
|- - andy_c   QUOTE (krabapple @ Dec 9 2009, 11:00) So ...   Dec 9 2009, 18:15
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (andy_c @ Dec 9 2009, 12:15) QUOTE ...   Dec 9 2009, 19:00
|- - andy_c   QUOTE (krabapple @ Dec 9 2009, 12:00) Tha...   Dec 9 2009, 22:34
- - Eli   Well, I never create playlists. I don't have t...   Dec 9 2009, 20:14
- - Trondis   Another easy to use player is AIMP2. You find it a...   Dec 9 2009, 23:15
- - а.п.т.   I've tried to start a pool about the favorite ...   Dec 10 2009, 01:32
- - salientlucidity   i use foobar myself, but also have media monkey i...   Dec 10 2009, 02:14
- - Antonski   MusicBee   Dec 10 2009, 03:35
- - ncrollo   I was too humored by the flames getting tossed bac...   Dec 10 2009, 08:08
- - RonaldDumsfeld   This is crux of the OPs question. QUOTE Is there ...   Dec 10 2009, 15:23
- - Canar   I've made a poll here because this discussion ...   Dec 10 2009, 15:42
- - Innuendo_   QUOTE (krabapple @ Dec 9 2009, 11:00) So ...   Dec 10 2009, 16:37
- - Teknojnky   I think mediamonkey is one of the easiest to use. ...   Dec 10 2009, 17:17
- - krabapple   FWIW, I went with Media Monkey. My friend seems h...   Jan 8 2010, 22:38


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