Media Monkey and other FLAC compatible players

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Media Monkey and other FLAC compatible players

Hi all,

I am considering buying Media Monkey. Does anyone have any experience good or bad with this player? It is not expensive at all, but who wants to waste their money on a bad product. I am interested in this player because it plays FLAC files whereas iTunes will not. I am also eager to begin buying FLAC downloads from the new Sony downloads store which is only available in North America for now. Does any have any experience using other FLAC compatible players? 

A music lover currently living in the middle of nowhere. 

RE: Media Monkey and other FLAC compatible players

My suggestion? Download the free version, and only later decide if you want to buy the "Gold" version for the extra features.  My guess is, you won't need the extras.

There are FLAC codecs for the standard Microsoft offering if you are a windows person, but I have used MediaMonkey with great success, but inevitably, you have to like the way it does things and that is a personal choice.  If you are a Linux person, you would be hard pushed to find a player than does not understand FLAC.

RE: Media Monkey and other FLAC compatible players

Great tip! Thanks. 

A music lover currently living in the middle of nowhere. 

RE: Media Monkey and other FLAC compatible players

Try foobar2000.

RE: Media Monkey and other FLAC compatible players

Media Monkey is a superb piece of software. Don't bother buying it - the free version does everything any reasonable human being could ever want. Way better than any of its so-called competitors.

RE: Media Monkey and other FLAC compatible players

parisboy42 wrote:

Hi all,

I am considering buying Media Monkey. Does anyone have any experience good or bad with this player? It is not expensive at all, but who wants to waste their money on a bad product. I am interested in this player because it plays FLAC files whereas iTunes will not. I am also eager to begin buying FLAC downloads from the new Sony downloads store which is only available in North America for now. Does any have any experience using other FLAC compatible players? 

Hi, PB,

I have tried the free version of Media Monkey and also J.River Jukebox, and Foobar2000.  Any of these beat iTunes handily.  All play FLAC just fine, (and all permit esoteric output settings to permit bit-perfect data feeds to your sound card or external DAC, if that matters to you).

Personally I prefer Foobar2000, (totally free), for classical music.  I like the ability to create custom Library listings, e.g. By Genre/Composer; By Composer/Album; By Artist/Album, etc.  However to take advantage of these capabilities, Foobar does require some editing of text configuration strings which isn't everyone's cup of tea.

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