I don't really have enough time to download this and test it so I'll ask you here, how does it compare with iTunes for processor power? I love iTunes but whenever it's running my dock takes about a second to pop up which is unacceptable. I can't bring myself to use anything but iTunes because it's so beautiful so I use the stereo instead. If MacAmp had a proper skin and used less power I'd give it a try.
What do you mean, your sound is skipping? I'm using iTunes 2 on my TiBook 500, and sound never skips while doing other things... It doesn't with MaltX either, but as someone else said: It ain't free. And like I said myself: It ain't iTunes. And I still think skins are an excuse for 'no graphic artists found'.
To be honest, I do wonder why they think they can charge more for less (overall). Half the stuff available in iTunes will not be available in MaltX, and I have to shell out 12$ more for the ability to 'theme'?
Sorry, but what I would really like is a small light MP3/Ogg player that doesn't eat up 30-40% of my CPU. Mint Audio does this barely, and MaltX succeeds here. Maybe if they have some MORE value-added features, I may pay for it, but in it's current state, I'll pass and make do by playing in the Finder.
how can an mp3 player be boring? what *i* need from an mp3 player is to have a nice playlist function and then let it 'play' all day. it's the choice of *sound* that makes my mp3 player fun and interesting. and iTunes does *this* job very, very well... I really can get iTunes to skip sound only when starting Photoshop.
Here is why I ditched iTunes: 30-40% CPU usage and no Ogg support, couldn't burn to my SCSI CD-RW since I am an unsupported hardware.
MaltX on the other hand is very lightweight, does what I want it to, and does it fairly well. Now if the price issue could be resolved (there are NO FREE OGG PLAYERS FOR X YET), I would be in heaven. (Hey, I am all for them making a bit of money, but 12$ for a rather basic MP3/Ogg player? Why not a Lite/Pro version?)
I need Ogg support without the massive CPU headache iTunes is.
What in the world are you guys doing to iTunes to make it use 30-40% of the CPU regularly?? Are you moving the window around a lot, or zooming it all the time?
iTunes for me, when in the background, only uses up 10-20% of the CPU when playing, and virtually none when not playing. This is perfectly acceptable, and I'm on an almost 2-year-old machine (that's not old by any means, but it still runs Mac OS X like a champ).
I got 5 - 15% while playing music in iTunes. I always got skipping while dragging windows around or using Internet Explorer. Otherwise, it won't skip unless there is a huge program loading and executin.