There once was a day when music was my life. These days, music is a blast from the past, a few moments of loud nostalgia mixed with soothing background music. While I don’t consider my self a professional wannabe audiophile, my ears and sensibilities are sufficient that I can tell the difference between an average MP3 audio recording versus lossless audio. Good speakers help, of course, but when I want fine aural dining, I don’t use iTunes.
VOX is a new and free Mac app for those with sensitive and discriminating ears. It’s a playlist manager and player which brings a higher level of clarity and versatility to your higher quality music. VOX plays all kinds of music formats, though, lossy and lossless, and it pulls playlists from the iTunes Library, and has the standard bells and whistles of the modern era– LastFM scrobbling, internet radio, album artwork from MusicBrainz and LastFM, and even works with AirPlay.
The VOX user interface is spartan, but self explanatory. Transport controls are easy to find and use, and it can be minimized so as not to clutter the Mac’s screen.
VOX is smart enough to use playlists from iTunes, but can open others, including M3U, PLS, XSPF, and even the CUE format. It comes with a built-in equalizer with presets, crossfade options, and can convert music to 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound
The is an audiophile’s app, so why is it free? There’s a catch, albeit a minor one. VOX does internet radio, but it’s a 99-cent in-app purchase. Still, that’s chump change for upping the ante and raising the bar of quality music listening.