Top 5 free Music Apps instead of iTunes on Mac


As a Mac user, you know that the pre-installed iTunes is the computer audio player. You can also use iTunes to sync the library or manage your Apple products like iPhone, iPad, iPod and so on.

Have you ever thought of trying other music player on your Mac OS X.

In the following we will talk about the most popular and free Music player App on Mac, all of them can be downloaded from the App Store. Hope you like them.

Elmedia Player

Elmedia Player interface

Elmedia Player is a media player for macOS that can serve you as a free music player for Mac with the highest standards of playback. It works with iTunes content smoothly no matter the format: MP3, MP4, or audio CDs. This app can go well as a music downloader and audio receiver in PRO version (paid version).

It can stream the music to a computer with larger speakers connected. The PRO version has a variety of settings for playing your music files: headphone virtualization feature makes the sound realistic and dimensional, graphic equalizer, music collection storage with search through playlists option etc. Also, you can bookmark any spot of the file and resume it, especially for audiobooks, podcasts, extended DJ mixes, etc.

You can download it from the App Store or from its official website.

VOX Music Player

VOX Music Player interface

This one is a very simple Mac audio player for all music formats with a friendly and clean interface. Vox offers the the loop option as well as an unlimited cloud space to store your music. This player will work with various audio sources including custom playlists, iTunes library, online radio, etc. Work with it from the main window, Dock menu or main menu controls. To control the playback you can use keyboard media keys, headphone buttons and Apple Remote.

VLC Media Player

VLC Player

VLC is an open source music player touted to be the only player on the earth that plays virtually anything.

VLC is a multi platform supported music player also available on the Mac platform. It offers abundance features including music streaming, remote control, WiFi operation, music controllers and more. It is one stop solution for your every music related needs.

This free music player for Mac is being updated regularly, so is the best bet. Unlike, Clementine, it's interface is more appealing and has been done more perfectly. There are several themes or skins made available by the community members to give VLC a makeover. Sound equalizer, effect, hotkeys, video options make you want to crave for more features. You can even use your iPhone and other iOS device to remotely control the playlist on VLC. A nice but geeky addition that not all users may find enticing. You could add more extensions from the library to add more control.

Clementine Music Player

Clementine Music Player

Clementine comes at the top due to sheer amount features it has to offer.

It's just not only letting you enjoy the ecstasy of music, but also offers a handful of features which are not available in other free best Mac music player. The prominent feature it boasts is support for synchronization of Apple and non-Apple music device. While UI or appearance might be put off for some of us, but beneath it there is a rock solid application with many features.

It nicely integrates with an existing iTunes library and supports facility of listening various radio stations. Integration of Spotify, Grooveshark,, SomaFM, Jamendo, Icecast and Magnatune can be turned on for many of us. Nonetheless, features like organizing the music library and other basic tasks are already available this next to the perfect music player for Mac.

It does have an ability to transcoding music in any format like Mp3, FLAC, Ogg, AAC.


Fidelia Music Player

Fidelia is a classic music player supporting all HD audio formats and offering a great set of audio tools for the optimal experience.

The apps interface is pretty cool resembling of a high-end radio that shows current track's waveform and has three special effect channels.

The player has mute and dim buttons with metadata displays. Fidelia supports AirPlay.


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