Cog (kode54) 4+
Plays your music files
A truly versatile audio player application. Features gapless playback, global hotkeys, desktop notifications. Shuffle of both albums and tracks. Repeat single track, album or whole playlist. Playback from HTTP(S) sources both livestreams and hosted files. Supports Apple's HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) using FFmpeg. Supports live metadata updates of continuous streaming servers, including Shoutcast, Icecast, Ogg Vorbis comments, and timed ID3v2 packets, where employed by the streamer. CUE Sheet support, including embedded CUE Sheets in several formats. Album artwork per track, both embedded and external, cached per unique image, in JPEG, PNG, GIF, WebP, HEIC, or AVIF format. HEIC requires macOS Mojave, while WebP requires Big Sur. Graphic equalizer. Spectrum visualization in the toolbar, or a dedicated window. Spatial Audio support for supported sound devices. Multiple MIDI synthesizers, including the system synthesizer, BASSMIDI (requires SoundFonts), or even the Secret Sauce. (Requires Intel, or Rosetta 2, for the external process. The main app still runs natively on Apple Silicon.)
Supports many audio formats, including obscure game and console formats.
Updates frequently, sometimes daily. Updates usually don't break anything. Unfortunately, I don't code to a pattern that would be conducive to stable updates and only frequent TestFlight builds.
Fixed metadata reading from new files.
Fixed small web transferred files hanging the player.
Fixed handling HTTP/HTTPS URLs from AppleScript open command.
Ratings and Reviews
Want to Like It But It Needs Certain Things
This is a very nice player and had it a few very important features I would throw Apple's Music application down the sewage drain where it rightfully belongs. Unless you have for some time tried some alternatives, you might not know just how lackluster Music actually is, and done on purpose.
I certainly hoped that COG allowed for the creation of Smart File Lists, as my entire filing system is built around that. I have a very very large library, consisting of Public Domain files and audiobooks from Librovox. Apparently Apple doesn't like that since they can't extract money from you that way.
Another issue is trying to Blutooth the signal to that pathetic Homepod mini. Bad enough you can only ask Siri to play tracks from a specific playlist that exists in your Apple monthly subscription. Something that at the time I purchased it, Apple didn't make clear - and yes they did catch heat for it,but as far as I know they never made and effort to make good on it. Perhaps its because they just don't care? They also didn't point out the alternative was to purchase an increased amount of iCloud storage which is monthly extortionism. I have thousands of files piling into the thousands of GBs. So, the amount of cloud space for that on a monthly subscription is out of the question.
So there's that.
I was really hoping that with COG, that at the very least, I would be able to bluetooth the siignal. Typically I have the signal running off the iMac in one room, and the signal also in another room where the Homepod is. I've not had any luck funneling that signal to the HomePod –– anywhere. But in all honesty, The Homepod is so fussy, It barely works, or stays working for long using its own native equipments. I live in a three room crate, so it isn't as if the distance has far to go. Just out the door from the room I'm sitting in right now and to the table ten feet further. That be all.
I love the equalizer, its a modern affair with a ton of frequencies to use when cleaning up ancient 78's that are 100 years old. It's by far vastly superior to the simple toss at ya thingy Apple provides with Music. Like, could they have spared a little bit? Really?
Again there are many great features to COG, but Smart Playlists and tethering it to Apples mistake for a whatever you wanna call that $100 black ball in the other room just was a deal breaker. But it is nice to know that if you spend some time looking about, you can find a good if not better replacement for Apple's prettty but otherwise useless basic applications . I really wanted to give this a five star, but for those two issues. I know I know, I'm no fool, I understand that Apple has taken the route of forcing its customers into not just one, but many monthly subscription "services". Nice, yeas, but that should be our own choise. It shouldn't be shoved down our pie holes by creating artificial barriers, etc., like moving audibooks from iTunes/Music to Apple Books then make Books unmovable from the harddrive. Audio are large files, and Apple knows this and that is why they did it. But there no different than any other sound file. They just used the move as one more means of forcing us into paying ungodly amounts of monthly fees for the rest of our lives. Like they don't make enough as it is. I remember the 90s. . . I was there. Too bad mr. Jobs isn't here now.
Developer Response ,
I had planned on implementing AirPlay 2 support eventually, and I guess now I'll try to get to it sooner rather than later.
I also was supposed to have Smart Lists support, but I guess I need to fix that support. It may also require you to add your music folders to the sandbox paths separately, as I don't currently know of a way to enumerate the music file paths I need to add without the Sandbox already being granted access to the folders. Sorry I can't be more help with that one, but I can see what's broken and try to fix it.
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- Christopher Snowhill
- 60.8 MB
- Requires macOS 10.13 or later.
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