As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been using a Mac app called Fidelia to manage and play back my growing collection of lossless music. It really is a great app, but I think I found a replacement. Regardless of whether I hang onto it forever, it’s absolutely worth posting here.
The app I’m referring to is Enqueue. It has a beta tag stuck on it still, but it really doesn’t feel so beta to me. Development has been happening at a rapid-fire pace– the first public release was in June of this year, and since then, features have been added and bugs killed. The user interface has seen a few changes since the apps inception, so clearly this is still in a rather volatile state, but Enqueue’s core purpose hasn’t changed.
Enqueue a great app for playing all kinds of audio files- FLAC, ALAC, MP3, OGG…the list goes on. But that’s not my favorite part. I’m a huge fan of the way Enqueue looks. It’s very simple. A familiar one-window interface beats Fidelia’s multi-window UI hands down, and best of all doesn’t include the massive player that takes up over half your screen. The mini-player is great, and there’s a cool queue column on the left that you can add and remove tracks from, essentially creating a quick temporary playlist. Listening history is displayed similar to last.fm, with a nice tab that visually shows you what you listen to most frequently. Playlists work as expected, and there’s the standard EQ settings page. Media keys work appropriately too.
This really is a great effort for any app, let alone a beta. I strongly suggest you try this out if you have FLAC needs.