By iwascoding GmbH
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GarageTunes is a lightweight and fast music player for single users and groups.
It finds all music files (.mp3 and .m4a/AAC) currently on your hard disks (internal and external). Songs appear automatically in GarageTunes as you add them to your hard drive and disappear when removed.
GarageTunes is ideal for listening to music at work or at home with your friends: It lets you listen to music files on any Mac running GarageTunes in your local network.
You can output your music files on any Mac on your network running GarageTunes, or on any second generation AppleTV.
What's New in Version 1.1
- reduced memory usage
- can stream songs to AppleTV (second generation) and other Macs
- supports Growl notification system
- added playback control commands to Dock menu
- play sound files dragged onto GarageTunes icon
- easier configuration of sharing restrictions
I had hopes for this app, but was sorely let down. I would hardly call memory usage of 950MB lightweight. That's 300MB above what Adobe InDesign uses. Ridiculous. Other disappointments include only being able to play files GarageTunes finds on the system, inability to sort in useful ways (try finding a particular album by one artist...if you have a large library, it probably won't take more than 10 or 15 minutes to find it), and making any change to what is included/excluded from the library results in a beachball for a few minutes, frequently resulting in having to force-quit the app. Why is it so difficult to make a simple player that will accept a dragged-and-dropped folder and start playing? Even if that's too complicated, isn't it common courtesy to ask the user what directories to include rather than having to exclude unwanted directories after the fact? I'll be uninstalling this bloated, inconsiderate thing immediately.
I found this app to work fantasticlly well. Scans for only the available music files and displays them them for use. Most of my music lives on an external wile some lives on my macbook - so while itunes displays a list of all of your files, available or not, garagetunes displays only files available. It uses about 60mb footprint of resources on my system and accesses my on board and huge gig external librarys quite fast considering it's scanning a giant amount.