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Redesigned Vox Music Player 1.0 Offers Minimalistic Interface and Support for Multiple File Types

The Vox Music Player was originally created as a universal media player in 2007. Its simple design and its support for a wide range of file types led to a surge in popularity, but development stalled and it largely fell out of the public eye. Coppertino, an independent development studio that focuses on Mac and iOS software, has since adopted and redesigned the media player.

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Vox 1.0 retains the minimalistic design of the original software, but comes equipped with a number of upgrades. It supports a wide variety of audio formats like MP3, FLAC, AAC, Musepack, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, and more, plus it integrates easily with iTunes.

The app supports a number of music sources including network drives, external hard drives, and VPN-connected storages and its built-in equalizer comes equipped with presets and adjustments to improve the listening experience.
- VOX 1.0 supports literally any source your Mac can access. Add music from external HDDs, network drives and VPN-connected storages.
- Supports multiple output devices using AirPort.
- Built-in equalizer with a variety of presets and adjustments.
- Transforms ordinary stereo source into 7.1 or 5.1 channel output.
- Bauer Stereo feature provides more realistic sound when listening to stereo music through headphones.
- Your music automatically pauses when your headphones are disconnected.
- Handy controls available from OS X main menu and VOX Dock icon.
- Full OS X gesture support including altering playlist height, switching music sources or adjusting volume.
Vox 1.0 will enter open beta next week, but MacRumors readers can sign up to download the beta version of the app immediately from the Coppertino website.

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17 months ago
Here's a direct link to the download in case you don't want to sit through their silly intro video: Vox (http://dl.devmate.com/com.coppertino.Vox/beta/Vox.dmg)
Rating: 6 Votes
17 months ago
The whole reason for using this app is to avoid the dreaded memory hog that is known as iTunes. That said, OS 10.7 and 10.8 are guilty of being memory hogs as well.

That said, they REALLY need to make this 10.6.8 compatible!

Fantastic app, love the fact that they kept the option to load all music in a folder automatically. I'm still using version 0.2.8, and with that said, they need to add a few things;

- make it snap to corners of the desktop to move it to the very edge of a screen (just like Adium)
- Make it Snow Leopard Compatible!
Rating: 4 Votes
17 months ago

The whole reason for using this app is to avoid the dreaded memory hog that is known as iTunes. That said, OS 10.7 and 10.8 are guilty of being memory hogs as well.

That said, they REALLY need to make this 10.6.8 compatible!

Fantastic app, love the fact that they kept the option to load all music in a folder automatically. I'm still using version 0.2.8, and with that said, they need to add a few things;

- EQ settings are missing
- make it snap to corners of the desktop to move it to the very edge of a screen (just like Adium)
- Make it Snow Leopard Compatible!


There is a EQ when You click on volume button!
Rating: 2 Votes
17 months ago

The whole reason for using this app is to avoid the dreaded memory hog that is known as iTunes. That said, OS 10.7 and 10.8 are guilty of being memory hogs as well.

That said, they REALLY need to make this 10.6.8 compatible!

Fantastic app, love the fact that they kept the option to load all music in a folder automatically. I'm still using version 0.2.8, and with that said, they need to add a few things;

- make it snap to corners of the desktop to move it to the very edge of a screen (just like Adium)
- Make it Snow Leopard Compatible!


Exactly!
I downloaded the app before I found out it doesn't work on SL.
Rating: 2 Votes
17 months ago
Interesting concept but i am still struggling to find the playlists i have created in itunes.
Rating: 2 Votes
17 months ago

I like it a lot. Blows away crappy iTunes!


Apples and oranges. iTunes does about 1 million things that an app like this doesn't even touch. Comparing this to iTunes is like comparing a Vespa to an RV.

It's a nice little music player, but has absolutely no other features.
Rating: 2 Votes
17 months ago

The whole reason for using this app is to avoid the dreaded memory hog that is known as iTunes. That said, OS 10.7 and 10.8 are guilty of being memory hogs as well.

That said, they REALLY need to make this 10.6.8 compatible!

Fantastic app, love the fact that they kept the option to load all music in a folder automatically. I'm still using version 0.2.8, and with that said, they need to add a few things;

- make it snap to corners of the desktop to move it to the very edge of a screen (just like Adium)
- Make it Snow Leopard Compatible!

Sorry to say this but 10.9 is going to be, at least, previewed at WWDC next month. It's really time to move on as more and more apps are going to drop Snow Leopard compatibility for API's that are only in more recent versions. Really sad too as Mission Control really sucks without the gestures of a trackpad.

It seems to be limited to 2 different outputs (plus System Default).

I have an Apple TV and also run Air Server on my MBP. Only System Default, Air Server, and Built-in Output appear in the list in Preferences and Air Server and Built-in when I click the volume button.

If I quit Air Server then my Apple TV appears in its place.

Not for me:



Does it have Resume Playback? Such essential feature (mostly to hear long playlists from head to toe, resuming playback when the Mac is rebooted) was available in SoundJam MP back in 2000 from where iTunes was developed.

It resumes to the beginning of the album not the place in the song you were playing. :(

I've been using vox for several years and the only real complaint I have is the lack of ability to import your entire library. I know this is meant to be a lightweight app but why wouldn't they make the option to keep a organized library? If there was a library option this would be my full time music player.

Unless I misunderstand you in v1 you can import your entire iTunes Library. It's actually separate from the Vox Playlist and you can switch between them.

Anyone know if this works with iTunes match?

Doesn't seem too.

Is there anyway to scrobble to Last.fm?

Nope.

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Now for my personal thoughts on Vox. It's extremely polished and, as someone said earlier, is one of the best designed apps I've seen in a while. It really feels like the next iteration of the iTunes miniplayer. The animations are smooth, it loaded my iTunes library very quickly (and started in the background) and the UI really makes sense. It's like the modern Winamp that should've been. It's light, quick, and sounds wonderful.

I really like that it has BS2B (Stereo to Binaural) so that stereo fatigue doesn't set in when using headphones. The effect is subtle but once you hear a demo (YouTube) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XWUVGQ2nBw) you'll be able to hear what it's actually doing. Basically, you can listen with earphones/headphones without your ears getting tired over long periods. You can enable it in Preferences > Audio.

Also, as someone else mentioned, it would be nice to be able to add a searched song into the playlist queue.

iTunes Match doesn't seem to be an option. That isn't a problem for me as I only use it on my iPhone but for those who listen at work that could be an issue.

Overall verdict, it's sticking around.

ps. I'd really like to see an iOS app now. ;)
Rating: 1 Votes
17 months ago

It's a nice little music player, but has absolutely no other features.

I really like the BS2B feature.
Rating: 1 Votes
17 months ago

I'm sorry if this is discussed elsewhere. I know this is a beta but I'm almost sure this didn't happen at first. I've been trying out this player since the beta started and I really like it. There's only one annoying issue... I've set it as the default player for my .mp3 but, when I double click a mp3, Vox opens, restarts and does not play the song. I always need to double click on the file again. Any idea why this happens? Is it only me?


The same thing happened to me. Its still in beta so strange things like this can happen.

I've since went back to the old version until the new version is free from issues.
Rating: 1 Votes
17 months ago

Apples and oranges. iTunes does about 1 million things that an app like this doesn't even touch. Comparing this to iTunes is like comparing a Vespa to an RV.

It's a nice little music player, but has absolutely no other features.


What I like about it, it doesn't do a million things. It's a superior music player that does a ton of formats..
Rating: 1 Votes

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