Version: 0.3 || Release Date: 2007-12-09 || License: Freeware Developer: sbooth | App Owner: sbooth

Play is an application for playing and managing audio files.

Play currently supports playback of FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, Musepack, WavPack, Monkey's Audio, AAC, Apple Lossless, MP3 and various other audio file formats.

For lossless formats such as FLAC and WavPack, and for Ogg Vorbis and specially-tagged MP3 files, Play supports gapless playback allowing sample-accurate audio reproduction.

Play's powerful searching and organizational features make finding music a snap! Play's integrated browser allows you to easily locate tracks in your library grouped by artist, album, composer, or genre, while smart playlists create unlimited ways to combine your music.

Need to make changes to your audio files' metadata? No problem! Play has a powerful integrated metadata editor that allows multiple files to be edited at once, even if the files are in different formats.

Never touch your volume control again! Play supports replay gain, allowing files to play at a constant volume despite inherent differences in their loudness.

Play is integrated with the official client, so you can share your listening habits with everyone. Consider joining the Play Users group!

Play is free software released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

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Play's dev posted on 2010-11-01 on the sbooth-forums: "[Decibel] is the logical successor to Play and the reason why I haven't had time to work on Play during the last year."

I couldn't find any executables for the latest commit on Play's github page. The latest unstable release on is from 2009-10-13 ("Play-r1105.tar.bz2").

Well, this all tells me that Play is OOD, just like Cog. Watch out for Decibel, folks! Very alive and thriving. Plus, there's always Vox!

Last commit is on 2010-09-12:

0.3 changes:

Leopard Compatibility
Play works with the latest and greatest version of Mac OS X.

Cue Sheet Support
External cue sheets are now supported for all formats.
Embedded cue sheets are now supported for FLAC files.

Minor Feature Additions
Accurate MP3 seeking for files encoded with LAME.

Bug Fixes
MP3s with encoder delays larger than one frame no longer cause Play to crash.

Component Upgrades
SQLite upgraded to 3.5.2
TagLib upgraded to latest svn

Crashed on files output by ProperlyCutMp3. :(

Version 0.2 brings support for Apple Remote, unfortunately it doesn't work well on my mbp rev. c: the 'next' button skips two tracks instead of only one, and the play/pause button just does some strange sound, but doesn't pause or play.

Another difference with Cog: Play can use and calculate Replay Gain for the tracks.

@el cravito: thanks for the tip. :)

@ norz:
Thank you for the informations about Cog and Play.
I already knew that Cog has been updated on July. And I already have the latest version.
However, I'm currently using Cog to play Shorten files only. I prefer ToolPlayer, which plays almost all audio formats (Shorten is one of the few exceptions) and has a very nice interface.

@el cravito:
Cog has been updated on july 2007.
The main difference I see between Cog and Play, is that Cog relies on the file system structure (via its File Drawer), whereas Play has maintains a song library.

Because I was using foobar2000 on Windows, I prefer to have my files organized as "Genre/Artist/Album" on the drive, therefore I'm currently using Cog. :)

Play, however, has good tagging capacities, whereas Cog has none.
But Cog can be controlled with the Apple remote, which is nice. :)

Perfect for playing files off the iPod in conjunction with iPodDisk:

iTunes doesn't let you access your iPod's music if you sync your music to your library, which in my case is on external drives. Much less hassle to use this app when away from home. It even has out of the box Growl support and global shortcuts! Very nice.

I've tried Play and compared it with Cog (whose last development happened more than one year ago.)
Play is very stabe now and does what's supposed to do. However, the interface seems to have come from the early ages of Mac OS X. (I stiil prefer Cog's interface.)
And Cog is able play the files louder than Play. (Play does not include a volume control. At least I could not find it anywhere.)
Well... I'll keep Cog for the files that ToolPlayer does not play yet (Monkey's Audio and MusePack, for example).

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