By Kevin Dang
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An elegant lightweight music player for OS X.
• Large file format support including: mp3, mp4, aac, ogg, flac, wav, aiff & musepack.
• Now playing queue
• iTunes importing
• Built in Last.fm scrobbling
• Media keys and Global hotkeys
• Growl notifications
• History graphs
• File tagging
Okay...but could be better
In many regards, Enqueue is a fine music player, a nice alternative to iTunes. But it has its limitations, chiefly its inability to import Protected AAC music files or Smart Playlists. Due to the former, I have hundreds of songs that I cannot listen to in Enqueue. When I first ran the program and realized that the import of music was incomplete, I initially thought it was a bug of some sort and promptly emailed the developer. I will say that I was impressed with how quickly he responded (within hours) and identified the problem. However, his responsiveness does not change the fact that Enqueue cannot import protected music files. I would have liked to have known this before I made the purchase.
Limitations aside, Enqueue is still worth having. I hope that a future update will somehow allow for the import (or, alternatively, the creation) of Smart Playlists. Also, it would be nice if there were a way to toggle between the Main Player and the Mini Player using the mouse, either by reprogramming the green expand-window button or adding an icon to click somewhere on the player. I wouldn't mind an option to include album art in the Mini Player, as well.
Mediocre, slow, no updates in over a year
I want to like this player, because of its clean interface and support for lots of file formats. But it's just not there yet, and the developer appears to have abandoned it. Based on other reviews, 1.0.1 has been out since at least March 2012, and there have been no updates since.
A few issues I've identified:
1) hangs up if the USB drive containing the music becomes unavailable
2) random play isn't very random - this is really irritating. I have 85k tracks, of which maybe 1000 or 2000 are comedy. Random play gives me George Carlin every 5-10 tracks. Pretty lame, especially since it is really easy to get high-quality random numbers on a mac.
3) database scan takes forever, and hangs up the app while it's happening. I just moved my music to a new network drive and it's been scanning for at least an hour. During this time, the UI beachballs for several seconds whenever I try to do anything. I have a retina macbook pro with a quad i7 - it is not a resource problem.
4) developer does not respond to support requests.
Great music program!
This program is by far the best option for any dedicated music listerner. It works very fast, even with a large music library. The biggest feature for me is that it plays flac files. Playlists are very basic, but I imagine features should appear in the future with program updates. The program controls do take a little getting used to, considering most everyone is used to iTunes and other music programs. That said, there are not many other things that need to be changed with this program.
This program essentially gets back to the basics, and that is listening to music without distractions or unnecessary features, which is what iTunes was initially intended for in the first place.