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I have an extensive collection of video game music that I like to keep completely separate from my 'regular' music (which I use iTunes to sync w/ my iPhone and the stock to play).

I'm looking for a good app that will let me import this separate collection of MP3s into the app and then play them. Most importantly, it must NOT pull in music from the stock, as I want to keep these two separate!

  • I don't want a digital locker to sign up for and stream from (Amazon, etc)
  • ID3 tag meta-data support is a must, preferably w/ embedded album art
  • Needs to list songs by Album/Artist/Song Title, not just filename
  • Playlist is nice to have but not a must
  • I don't care how it looks as long as it's not total garbage
  • I don't care about downloading from the internet; I've already got the songs I need

Are there any apps out there that can do this? I've had no luck searching Google as all I find are questionable MP3 Downloaders, Youtube rippers, streamers, or authoring/remixing tools. :/

Thanks for any input you guys have.

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Just out of curiosity: What is the reason that you do not want to use iTunes for this? – patrix May 22 '13 at 16:42
I love using siri to say "Shuffle music" and it plays all my 'normal' music randomly. However I do not want to mix in my video game music w/ the normal music. I want them as two distinct collections. Likewise I don't want them getting mixed in with other areas that read the standard music library. – DOOManiac May 22 '13 at 19:51
Can't you just use play lists to separate the libraries? – patrix May 23 '13 at 13:54
No, because when I tell siri to shuffle music, it'll shuffle all music... – DOOManiac May 23 '13 at 14:40
patrix: I had no idea I could separate them this way. I ended up using a Smart Playlist where Genre != "Game" for my regular music, and Game for the other one. Works beautifully! If you'd like to post your suggestion in the form of an answer, I will accept it, if you care about that sort of thing. Thanks! – DOOManiac May 24 '13 at 13:44

VLC is very popular on any device or computer. The iOS Version has a really nice design (iOS 7 like) and supports any kind of transfer (Wifi, Networkstream, ...).

More information can be found here:

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I personally use Capriccio, which has a free with ads version and paid version. The plus of this player is that it runs both iPhone standards formats and all the other (including FLAC) so you can basically throw it everything without converting and you have no problem.

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This one is okay, but it does not support browsing by Artist/Album/etc. It's just a list of filenames ending in .mp3 :/ – DOOManiac May 23 '13 at 13:43

VLC player has Wifi upload + dropbox integration - although both did not work for me - VLC cant detect mp3 even after i Wifi-upload them.

Use latest verison of DropBox - it automatically plays mp3 inside..

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