Since iTunes is not capable of handling many video formats, I'm looking for an alternative that can replace iTunes, Quicktime and VLC.

What media player for OSX is able to:

  • organize a large music library (ACC, MP3)
  • play videos encoded in (AVI, MKV)
  • BTW: I do not need epic sync capabilities. Just the functionality to handle both music and videos really well. :)
    – gentmatt
    Jan 18, 2012 at 16:16
  • This seems like a duplicate of your post I de-wikified earlier today. I had left that one open, but would you prefer I closed it? Jan 18, 2012 at 16:17
  • @KyleCronin Yeah, I thought the other one was closed? You can remove the other one. I tried to remove it myself just now - but it wasn't possible. Thanks for your help though!
    – gentmatt
    Jan 18, 2012 at 16:19
  • Nathan closed it for a bit, without realizing I had edited it, sorry about the confusion. Jan 18, 2012 at 16:20

2 Answers 2


This only hits your second requirement but, if you ask me, it's the more important of the two by a long shot: VLC. It can play just about anything you throw at it. It has support for play lists (both building and saving them) but it does not do any organization of your media. It is strictly a player.

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    Considering that the OP is looking for "an alternative that can replace iTunes, Quicktime and VLC," I think VLC is not an option. :)
    – Tuesday
    Jan 18, 2012 at 20:53
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    Some things have no equal. :)
    – Ian C.
    Jan 18, 2012 at 21:04
  • Maybe so, but he did specify that it was, among other things, to replace VLC…
    – Tuesday
    Jan 18, 2012 at 21:55
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    Hey man, feel free to put up your own suggestion and down vote mine if you don't like it. Your comments aren't really adding anything to it...
    – Ian C.
    Jan 18, 2012 at 22:22
  • VLC v2 handles media libraries more user friendly. Now this answer is accepted :)
    – gentmatt
    Mar 11, 2012 at 18:23

You could check both Plex and XBMC, both are very capable media manager and player systems. Both are originally designed for use on a TV with a remote control. They are fully useable on the desktop though.

Plex : http://plexapp.com XBMC : http://xbmc.org

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    Ha! Both websites participate in the protests against SOPA and PIPA. I'll check them out again tomorrow. :)
    – gentmatt
    Jan 18, 2012 at 19:07
  • I'd just like to add that Plex is a very pushy program. It does work, and it works quite well, but it can take over your system in sometimes worrisome ways.
    – Tuesday
    Jan 18, 2012 at 20:52

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