Alternatives to VLC on the Mac

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VLC’s Mac port has been suffering for a while. Little to no development has left that side of the project stagnating. Many Mac blogs are circulating this story, crying about VLC’s imminent demise. But not all is doom and gloom. There are always some alternatives, and no, I’m not talking about Perian. Here’s a list of a few apps which you could use to replace the bloated old VLC.

MPlayer OSX Extended

MPlayer OSX Extended

MPlayer OSX Extended is an up-to-date port of the popular MPlayer, the Movie Player for Linux. Like VLC, development on the official MPlayer for OSX has been rather slow, so the project was ‘forked’. MPLayer OSX Extended keeps its codebase in a single branch, throwing out more frequent updates with more features than MPlayer OSX has. The most important part; MPlayer plays all the video formats VLC plays, and is lighter on system resources as well.

Cog

Cog

Cog is a very simple audio player with support for a ton of formats VLC has, but iTunes doesn’t, such as FLAC, OGG and more. There’s also Last.fm support, much like recent versions of VLC. If you often used VLC to play audio files in order to avoid using that mammoth beast known as iTunes, this is the app for you.

Vox

Vox

Vox, like Cog, is another simple and light audio player. What sets Vox apart from Cog is the inclusion of audio effects like Equalizer, Reverb, Time Stretch, Pitch Shift, Echo, much like a Vox amp.

Plex

Plex

You may have heard of Boxee, the social media center that seems to be the darling of everyone’s eye, but have you heard of Plex? Plex is a media center built on the same open source technology as Boxee, XBMC, and as such, has support for the wide range of video and audio formats as Boxee does. It also plays online content such as Hulu and Netflix through various webkit plugins, and can even connect to your iTunes library, Aperture photos and more. With Plex’s versatility, it can be considered an all purpose replacement for not just VLC, but also for Front Row, OSX’s built in media center.

Thanks to the comments on this reddit thread for pointing out the audio apps, I hadn’t heard of them much til now.

This article was brought to you by TouchMyApps contributor Fonseca and it first appeared on his blog here.

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