I confess: I live in iTunes (although I refuse to buy anything from their store). I can remember a few years ago when I couldn’t see the point of ripping my CDs. I still don’t even have an iPod but these days, if I listen to it, it’s digital. Even though iTunes works incredibly well (now that I’ve figured out how to bend it to my will), there are a few things I don’t like about it, most of all how it doesn’t want to let me use anything else.
There are a few alternatives, like Cog, but I haven’t found anything that can meet my musical needs all day long like iTunes does. Today Brian sent me a link to Get Songbird. I actually haven’t used it yet (it’s still in preview), but it looks like a serious contender.
It’s an open-source media player built on the same framework as Firefox. It looks like it could become as ubiquitous among discriminating web users as Firefox has. Watch their screencast and se for yourself.