When it comes to audio players, iTunes is the first choice for the most Mac users. iTunes is one of the best players out there, and the newest version received very positive critiques. Mac users are actually forced by Apple to use its own music player, especially if you’ve got an iOS device. You will need to use iTunes to sync your library and create back-ups, as well as to buy and update iOS apps. This goes hand-in-hand with other branches of iTunes Store, which is altogether one huge ecosystem. Actually, iTunes Store could be a company for itself, since its profits are now counted in hundreds of millions of dollars.
Trying to create and then offer your own music player to Mac users seems like impossible task. Even though iTunes could use some improvements in certain areas, it seems that Mac users are simply stuck with it, but they are also very happy with all the functions it provides. Some applications found success in video reproduction (like VLC player), which is one of iTunes’ weak spots. Today we are bringing you a music player which was available for a while now, but just lately began grabbing some attention.
Clementine is a big project of a music player development, and could be used not only with Mac OS X, but also with Windows, Fedora, and multiple Ubuntu systems. Development team is trying hard to bring the latest version to each of those platforms, and this is one of the reasons why development is still very slow.
Once you open Clementine for the first time you’ll need to set up folders which already contain music files. By default, Clementine will use iTunes’ library, but you can also add any folders on your hard drive which is big advantage over iTunes. Another surprising feature is implementation of online services like Last.fm, Grooveshark, Spotify, and others. You can even add your Google Drive folders, which contain music, and Clementine will nicely implement all your tracks and make them accessible from one place.
After you’ve set up your library, you’ll be taken to Clemetine’s main window. After the first good impressions, you’ll be disappointed with its old fashioned interface. I actually thought at first that this was an abandoned project, but as it turns out, it is pretty much alive and that’s why I was surprised that developers didn’t try to make it more competitive. After all, they are fighting against iTunes which is a beautifully designed application.
On the other hand, Clementine is one of those applications which puts functions over design. Once you’ve got accustomed to its interface, you’ll be able to fully explore its features. You can easily reorganize your tracks, find very detailed song and artist info, and even keeps track of your podcasts (which will require gPodder.net account).
If we don’t compare it with iTunes, Clementine is feature-rich and very capable music player. It brings all your music to one place, no matter if those tracks are stored locally or in the cloud, which seems like its biggest selling point.