Looking for a nice, simple, user friendly, no-nonsense mp3 player for Mac. Or actually, not specific mp3 but just a general audio / music player.

I hate iTunes. I want something that doesn't force me to categorize my music in libraries, or keep it in certain folders, or import my music files before I can play them, or keep track of whatever. No music 'manager'.

I just want something that plays audio files, simple as that. Preferably open source and/or something that can be installed through Homebrew (or Caskroom).

Any recommendations?

  • I think maybe irfanview would work. It was originally just for images but I think you can play audio files with it too. Sep 14, 2016 at 3:55
  • @aparente001 Do you mean irfanview.com or something else? Because that seems like a Windows application.
    – RocketNuts
    Sep 14, 2016 at 13:19
  • Oh. I just realized I was confusing irfanview and notepad++. Sorry, I didn't realize irfanview isn't cross-platform. Sep 15, 2016 at 4:10

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VLC Media Player is the best for your requirement

Doesn't ask for any "Import" or "Creating Music Libraries"

  • Please remove the Clementine part or make it a separate answer, thanks :-)
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Sep 29, 2016 at 5:40
  • @NicolasRaoul I have just added Clementine because its another music-player which is a open source and similar to VLC and I have used it, Thanks :-) Sep 29, 2016 at 16:32
  • Thanks! The question says "Preferably open source and/or something that can be installed through Homebrew (or Caskroom)", I know you can make your answer even better by detailing how it fits the open source requirement, at least. Also, your answer would be nicer with a screenshot, and saying the price.
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Sep 30, 2016 at 3:05

C* Music Player

  • User-friendly? It is command-line tool, so Maybe
  • Simple? Yes
  • Manage Music? No
  • Homebrew? No, but it is open source
    • Mac? Yes

In Cmus you directly browse the file system so you are free to organize your audio files however you like. Cmus also has several extensions for adding more functionality (eg lyric viewing with lyvi).

pic from their website

  • Thanks, command line was actually not was I was looking for, but C* Player definitely looks like an interesting alternative
    – RocketNuts
    Sep 18, 2016 at 10:16

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