One of the things I admired about OSX when I first switched from Windows was the usability of the default apps. Windows was chock full of legacy apps I never used or even wanted. Some, like the games, I could uninstall; some remained out of sight buried in folder hierarchies. Then there’s the ever-present crapware that third party manufacturers like Dell and Sony would frontload on machines you purchased from them (some even doing all they can to require you to use their often shoddily built applications). The bundled applications in OSX are refreshingly user friendly; iPhoto has taken the place of Picasa as my image library , Mail and Calendar are my go-to resources over Outlook, and Messages has been a boon for work and personal communication.
One app that I have to admit I have no use for is Quicktime. While not bad per se, I had a poor mental image of it during my operating system transition because of Apple’s insistence of bundling it with iTunes updates. I had several options on my Win7 box that looked and worked better; and most of the video formats I wanted access to on my Macs have been handled by iTunes.
Eventually I had to access a video format that iTunes just didn’t like (like Xvid). While there are downloadable files that would make Quicktime capable of handing the task, I decided to revive an app from my Windows days: VLC. This little open-source powerhouse has been my go-t0 tool for almost all multimedia formats for a long time. The app is the best of all possible worlds- available for all three major operating systems (OSX, Windows, and various versions of Linux), fast, simple yet flexible, and it will play practically everything: DVDs, streaming video, webcams, and practically every video and audio codec out there. Best of all, unlike many other free or shareware Windows apps it lacks any spyware, ads, or malware of any kind.
After a quick change to the default app settings of some file types I was ready for whatever media I managed to get my paws on. I still use iTunes as my media library; it’s the best option for those that rely on the Apple ecosystem (iOS devices, Mac sharing, and the Apple TV) but if I have a file (audio or video) that I just want access to without adding it to the archives VLC performs like a champ. I have only exploited a fraction of what VLC is capable of but can still wholeheartedly endorse it for just about everyone- were I still using Linux as my primary desktop OS I’d likely be using it as my sole media application.
- VLC & iTunes (discussions.apple.com)
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