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August 2, 2007

Winamp 5.33 vs iTunes 7.3

Filed under: blog, culture, internet, mac, music, musings, program, reviews, software, tech — bardicknowledge @ 4:33 pm

Well I have talked about this before, iTunes vs Winamp but I have recently jumped ship from musikCube and moved back to winamp. So I figured I would give both the newest versions a spin and did what I could to make both use a little memory with actually hacking any files.

All I want my music player to do is to play music. That it’s. i don’t give a shit about visuals or stores, or podcasts, or internet radio, or ipod support, or whatever. All it has to do is play music, cd’s and rip them if I for ever some reason have a cd.

So how did things turn out?

Well I installed the latest version of winamp and itunes.  Winamp 5.33 and iTunes 7.3

In Winamp I literally removed every plugin that isn’t needed to play my library or rip/burn cds.  In iTunes I turned off every feature but the library. I didn’t delete anything because the preferences didn’t give me the option like Winamp does.

I stat again I did not hack or did anything to change the configs other than use the options available to me through the preferences.

Anyways, Winamp’s memory usage sits between 6000k-20000k which is pretty good for a media player.

iTunes, after installing and turning of all the features used 44000k.  And when you add all the other crap processes it runs, updater, devices and I dunno what else, it was over 55000k mem usage.

Obviously I choose to keep my Winamp installation.

If you purely want to listen to music through a library, Winamp is your best bet. If you want only to listen to playlists, you may want to consider foobar, but!!! it just as much (and more if skinned) than Winamp.

You could also consider Evilplayer but I wouldn’t. No id3 tag support, no way in hell I’m using it.

So there ya go. Winamp wins hands down if you ONLY want to listen to music. If you want to buy songs (pff) then iTunes may be useful. Don’t even mention ipods. I have an ipod and I run the software from the ipod. I can run it on anyones Win installation. If ya have a mac you have iTunes so no worries there.

Oh, btw, I am obliviously talking about all Windows software here.

I am going to try to hack iTunes a little and see what I can do. I have nothing against mac. I use a mac at work and I rather enjoy it. But I am looking at things in a purely functionality/memory usage point of view. Take my word or not, makes no difference to me. Sorry if I sound kinda rude but I got slammed for my last review because Winamp won then too and that was without configuring and I just want to make sure people don’t bitch that I’m a fanboy or anything. I will switch music players if you can show me a better one.

July 31, 2007

mp3 player – ActionScript

Filed under: actionscript, code, design, flash, internet, music, open source, software, tech, web development, XML — bardicknowledge @ 8:07 am

Hey for anyone that reads this. It has been a little bit, but I have a new code snippet for ya’s. It’s a pretty simple mp3 player that you could easily embedded on a site.

Here’s there script (link). It uses a pretty simple XML also.

<song>
<t st=”songtitle” l=”url” a=”artist” />
</song>

Give it a whirl. I will be trying to remake it with a slider on the next version and make it smaller.

February 16, 2007

Billy!

Filed under: internet, music, reviews, software, tech — bardicknowledge @ 8:46 pm

So I have switched players again 😛

I am now using a player called billy, which in my opinion is a great little player. It’s not a music library like musikcube, and has about the same footprint size. The only problem is that billy can’t support many file types, rip or do anything a library program does. Its simply for playing the music effiecently which is all I need in life.  Ya should give it a shot. Similar to evil player but MUCH better in every way.

December 14, 2006

Slackness on my part! Freeware/OpenSource Software! YAY!

Filed under: bit torrent, internet, movies, music, open source, p2p, program, software, tech — bardicknowledge @ 7:00 pm

Wow, school got busy quick, with this being the last week before Christmas break. Anyways, because of my slackness in posting I am going to bring you several free pieces of software today for your using pleasure!

Thunderbird

This is seriously a great piece of software. There are people that will claim about it, but I never have encountered any problems with it. Never! Anyways, what Thunderbird is for those that don’t know, its a email client, much like outlook, but free, open source and if the name means anything you ya, created by Mozillia.

As a email client its great. I personally have my Gmail, my two Hotmail accounts and a Yahoo account all linked to it, checking for new messages every 15 minutes. And not only can I have all my email accounts in one easy viewing place, I can share folders, address books, and send from any account… wicked! A new version is in public beta promising a smoother, more friendly experience, using the new Gecko trunk (i think). So it should be faster and more efficient when released.

WinBot

Before you go judging the software, let me tell you, yes the website sucks , but the software is great. WinBot is an IRC (internet chat relay) bot. It is amazingly simple to use and write scripts for! I was just asked the other day to create a IRC channel for the faction I’m a member of in Torncity. Anyways, this was the first time I never tried to use a bot. And almost of the first times I really tried to use IRC. So downloading the bot, I read through some script examples, and the docs and within an hour I had created 6 scripts doing various things from welcoming members to keeping track of our chain (attacks made in game). Wicked simple, and easy to use. If you want a bot for IRC give this one a whirl.

ApexDC ++

What!? Me writing about a download program that isn’t torrent related?! Thats right! I have been trying for the longest time to get this network to work properly for me. DC (direct connect) is a p2p network very similar to eMule, but in my opinion better. And ApexDC++ is just one of the many clients you can use to connect to DC. Very powerfu, yet simple to use and set up. If you have a router you may encounter some problem… actually you may encounter a lot of trouble. I tried for almost a year to get this to work properly and just today it began to work for no apparent reason. Anyways, this is a great network if you are looking for… almost anything really. I can’t compare speed with torrents yet, but if you are in a university setting, this is for you. You can get AMAZING speeds with this software. Like, a 700 mb movie in… 5 minutes. Or less! But if you’re like me and don’t live on university, you may want to give it a whirl. It’s almost as quick as torrents from my understanding. I will spend some time tweaking it when I get back from Christmas break (no high speed where I’m going 😦 )

So there you are! 3 pieces of software that will incidentally allow you to download things lol.  You just need to know the proper channels about going about it. I hope these programs work for you! I know they all work great for me and I use them daily. If you have any questions concerning them, leave as question and I will answer as soon as possible.

December 7, 2006

BitTorrent merges with uTorrent

Filed under: bit torrent, linux, mac, movies, music, news, open source, p2p, program, software, tech, torrent — bardicknowledge @ 5:01 pm

HOLY CRAP!

This came as a surprise to me and many in the community when announced today that BitTorrent is buying uTorrent for an undisclosed amount. This could be excellent or a disaster (as many think it may turn out to be).

It was announced today ( http://www.bittorrent.org/fast_extensions.html ) on the uTorrent forums about the merger. Here are some FAQ’s concerning this ( http://forum.utorrent.com/viewtopic.php?id=17280 ). These are basic questions, the most important one’s.

Currently I am sitting in the IRC, suffering to bring the news to the populace that won’t know about this until tomorrow. And I like to point out how crazy this conference is! There are bashers, spammers, trollers. Everyone has come out to bash/praise or question the hell out of Ludde (uTorrent developer/owner) and Bram (Creator of the bit torrent protocol).

So with many questions falling upon deaf ears, it leads one to believe that not all the details have been worked out yet, but I am glad to see that uTorrent may become even better. With this move, it is likely that uTorrent will in the next few releases make better use of the protocol, and be the leader in showcasing new bit torrent features.

Also, planned for development are Linux and Mac versions of uTorrent! Soon everyone will be able to feel the love ^_^

This is a very exciting time.

I will close with some quotes from Bram in the irc channel:

<Bram>utorrent will continue to be lightweight

<Bram>there is not, and won’t be, any content filtering in either the mainline client or utorrent

<Bram>we’re planning on using the utorrent codebase in embedded applications, but have no specific announcements of that happening at this time

<Bram>we aren’t announcing integration plans between mainline and utorrent at this time

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