I am considering migrating to Mac OS X. But I like music too much, so I must find an audio player that will be comparable to foobar2000.
Some features that I will miss when using another audio player include:
(some of them are implemented via plugins, a.k.a. components)
(I tried to list them in order of importance)
- True gapless playback (absolutely required, but I guess almost any modern audio player implements it?)
- Ability to play without any drop-outs when using USB DAC (foobar2000 may be beaten here, because sometimes it happens, after all my attempts to optimize its output settings, so I guess this is easy one too)
- Full ReplayGain support (both scanning and compensating for loudness changes when playing)
- Pluggable DSPs and ability to chain them and save chains to presets (including ability to run some high-quality parametric equalizer with bell and shelf filters (built-in, or external via a VST adapter), high-quality resampler is also must-have)
- Converter that can apply DSP chains and ReplayGain compensation during conversion (I use it all the time when converting music for my portable player) and save conversion settings to presets
- Support of (Unicode!) CUE sheets and almost any (lossless) audio format, including MLP (DVDA), DSD (SACD)
- Scriptable/automatic tagging
- SDK for developing plugins (including DSPs) — I will use it if I will miss something tiny
- OS X supported (foobar2000 does not), bonus points if GNU/Linux is supported too.
I'm aware that I can just continue to use foobar2000 under Wine. In fact, I tried this and it works! (Under both Mac OS X and GNU/Linux). But it looks very ugly (especially fonts) and alien.
Are there any comparable alternatives?