Winamp 5.33 vs iTunes 7.3
Well I have talked about this before, iTunes vs Winamp but I have recently jumped ship from musikCube and moved back to winamp. So I figured I would give both the newest versions a spin and did what I could to make both use a little memory with actually hacking any files.
All I want my music player to do is to play music. That it’s. i don’t give a shit about visuals or stores, or podcasts, or internet radio, or ipod support, or whatever. All it has to do is play music, cd’s and rip them if I for ever some reason have a cd.
So how did things turn out?
Well I installed the latest version of winamp and itunes. Winamp 5.33 and iTunes 7.3
In Winamp I literally removed every plugin that isn’t needed to play my library or rip/burn cds. In iTunes I turned off every feature but the library. I didn’t delete anything because the preferences didn’t give me the option like Winamp does.
I stat again I did not hack or did anything to change the configs other than use the options available to me through the preferences.
Anyways, Winamp’s memory usage sits between 6000k-20000k which is pretty good for a media player.
iTunes, after installing and turning of all the features used 44000k. And when you add all the other crap processes it runs, updater, devices and I dunno what else, it was over 55000k mem usage.
Obviously I choose to keep my Winamp installation.
If you purely want to listen to music through a library, Winamp is your best bet. If you want only to listen to playlists, you may want to consider foobar, but!!! it just as much (and more if skinned) than Winamp.
You could also consider Evilplayer but I wouldn’t. No id3 tag support, no way in hell I’m using it.
So there ya go. Winamp wins hands down if you ONLY want to listen to music. If you want to buy songs (pff) then iTunes may be useful. Don’t even mention ipods. I have an ipod and I run the software from the ipod. I can run it on anyones Win installation. If ya have a mac you have iTunes so no worries there.
Oh, btw, I am obliviously talking about all Windows software here.
I am going to try to hack iTunes a little and see what I can do. I have nothing against mac. I use a mac at work and I rather enjoy it. But I am looking at things in a purely functionality/memory usage point of view. Take my word or not, makes no difference to me. Sorry if I sound kinda rude but I got slammed for my last review because Winamp won then too and that was without configuring and I just want to make sure people don’t bitch that I’m a fanboy or anything. I will switch music players if you can show me a better one.