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MP3 Player's shootout
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Metzen
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Aug 27, 2002, 04:41 AM
 
Ok, I was interested in aquiring a MP3 player that didn't make my poor 400Mhz DVSE iMac feel like it was running a race barefoot on pokey rocks.

So here's what I did. I got mpg123, MacAmp Lite and iTunes (Sound Check, EQ turned off, iTunes window closed) and had them all play 3 different MP3's of the same song (Good Charolette - Say Anything) @ 192 bitrate.

To remove as many variables as possible I quit the finder and any and all applications that can be exited without going through the Terminal. I'm displaying my first screen to show all the running processes, then just the applications processes after that with an average at the end, negating the highest 2 scores and the lowest 2. Samples taken by top were 20 every 10 seconds. (top -d -s10 -l20)

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Processes: 33 total, 2 running, 1 stuck, 30 sleeping... 102 threads 01:49:19 Load Avg: 0.73, 0.73, 0.67 CPU usage: 23.1% user, 76.9% sys, 0.0% idle SharedLibs: num = 99, resident = 23.8M code, 1.96M data, 6.65M LinkEdit MemRegions: num = 2410, resident = 42.4M + 5.44M private, 34.2M shared PhysMem: 42.8M wired, 84.4M active, 149M inactive, 276M used, 236M free VM: 955M + 46.9M 6929(6929) pageins, 0(0) pageouts PID COMMAND %CPU TIME #TH #PRTS #MREGS RPRVT RSHRD RSIZE VSIZE 471 top 0.0% 0:00.25 1 14 15 176K 360K 428K 1.62M 465 tcsh 0.0% 0:00.27 1 24 16 476K 688K 956K 5.74M 462 mpg123 0.0% 0:13.11 3 69 29 808K 524K 1.17M 3.37M 398 tcsh 0.0% 0:00.37 1 24 16 468K 688K 940K 5.74M 363 Terminal 0.0% 0:38.10 7 124 181 2.45M 8.44M 5.98M 58.8M 362 MacAmp Lit 0.0% 3:51.79 6 130 359 12.4M 13.9M 19.3M 79.1M 356 hdid 0.0% 0:01.30 1 11 36 688K 372K 664K 1.96M 318 SecurityAg 0.0% 0:01.29 2 87 81 1.28M 6.93M 3.22M 54.0M 291 c++filt2 0.0% 0:00.03 1 12 15 64K 364K 268K 1.31M 290 iTunes 0.0% 59:08.41 9 147 270 9.05M 16.3M 14.2M 111M 283 automount 0.0% 0:00.03 2 11 19 164K 424K 316K 2.14M 263 SystemUISe 0.0% 3:18.12 4 123 145 2.03M 7.04M 3.81M 56.4M 262 Dock 0.0% 0:27.26 3 98 133 2.52M 8.91M 6.13M 54.7M 252 pbs 0.0% 0:02.69 1 29 25 1.17M 600K 1.77M 18.4M 249 loginwindo 0.0% 0:05.11 7 144 152 2.57M 6.44M 4.81M 42.2M 245 cron 0.0% 0:00.10 1 9 16 72K 352K 152K 1.52M 237 SecuritySe 0.0% 0:00.31 2 29 22 324K 632K 664K 2.69M 220 inetd 0.0% 0:00.00 1 9 14 52K 348K 116K 1.26M 213 coreservic 0.0% 0:01.26 3 52 32 832K 452K 1.07M 2.75M 200 lookupd 0.0% 0:01.97 2 11 20 224K 580K 476K 2.39M 193 netinfod 0.0% 0:00.36 1 8 19 380K 436K 536K 1.79M 171 CrashRepor 0.0% 0:02.47 2 42 38 1.38M 476K 1.91M 11.2M 165 syslogd 0.0% 0:00.22 1 8 14 84K 340K 156K 1.26M 137 configd 0.0% 0:01.70 4 84 129 568K 1.05M 1.57M 3.91M 111 autodiskmo 0.0% 0:01.01 2 46 19 200K 448K 400K 2.28M 70 dynamic_pa 0.0% 0:00.00 1 10 16 64K 340K 104K 1.27M 67 update 0.0% 0:02.53 1 8 14 48K 336K 100K 1.25M 65 Window Man 0.0% 16:03.33 3 204 339 4.24M 10.3M 14.5M 26.2M 63 ATSServer 0.0% 0:20.09 1 34 72 604K 5.64M 3.01M 50.0M 42 kextd 0.0% 0:00.00 2 16 128 2.49M 352K 1.79M 4.16M 2 mach_init 0.0% 0:01.83 1 81 13 56K 352K 140K 1.27M 1 init 0.0% 0:00.01 1 20 13 40K 348K 248K 1.26M 0 kernel_tas 0.0% 9:42.14 24 0 - - - 36.1M 342M 0 idle_threa 0.0% 91:25.78
And now for the scores:

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iTunes mpg123 MacAmp Lite 21.3% 13.1% 12.6% 15.8% 13.5% 12.0% 22.2% 14.6% 11.9% 15.7%- 14.9%- 13.0%- 20.8% 13.9% 12.6% 17.5% 12.9% 11.4% 23.9%- 13.2% 12.4% 16.0% 14.1% 12.3% 20.3% 14.8%- 12.1% 16.9% 12.5% 11.8% 20.5% 13.9% 11.7% 17.5% 11.1%- 11.9% 19.0% 11.7% 14.6%- 15.7%- 13.0% 13.0% 23.2%- 10.8%- 11.3% 19.0% 13.6% 11.1%- 20.4% 13.3% 10.8%- 22.3% 13.1% 12.2% 18.3% 14.5% 11.4% avg 19.2% 12.7% 12.1%
Final Analysis:
mpg123 -- FREE Command Line player.
mpg123 is extremely senstive (read: skips alot under normal use) giving it one sad face, having a unintutive tools gives it one more sad face, but scores up one smiley on low CPU usage.

mpg123:

iTunes -- FREE GUI player.
Being free scores it one smiley face, being a big resource hog scores it one sad face having a great interface scores it one cool face.

iTunes:

MacAmp Lite -- ShareWare MP3 Player
14 Day Trial after which you have to pay $12 to register to continue using it - meh, that's what shareware's about.
MacAmp scores a cooleys in:
low cpu with a GUI. Scores 1 smiley for intutive, non-obtrusive interface for MP3 player, and one sad face for lack of ID3 tag support up to some versions of v2 (either v2.3 & 2.4 or just 2.4 I haven't bothered to check). Either way it's annoying.

MacAmp Lite
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Aug 27, 2002, 05:04 AM
 
I must admit, the smiley face "ratings" cracked me up
     
Gul Banana
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Aug 27, 2002, 07:11 AM
 
That's very interesting.. I consistently get far lower scores for mpg123 (around 7 or 8 percent), though I still use iTunes. Otherwise I'd pretty much agree with you, though you didn't think of Audion or Mint Audio - both very similar to MacAmp Lite in terms of your rating categories.
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