Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Emmanuel Akor

How to play audio files on a Mac without adding it to iTunes

How to play audio files on a Mac without adding it to iTunes

Do you want to play mp3, m4a or another audio file on a Mac, but do not want to add it to the iTunes library?
There are several ways to do this: one allows you to play a file from an iTunes playlist without copying it to your library, and the other two allow you to play audio files on your Mac at all without using iTunes - Quick Time and Quick Look.
These methods are useful when you need to listen to one file that you will never need again. Perhaps it's some kind of voice note or something else that you do not need to save for the future. There are many convenient programs for this. Today we'll talk about the method with iTunes, as well as with QuickTime and Quick Look.

How to play audio in iTunes without adding to the library

You can create a playlist with audio files without adding them to your iTunes library. Here's how to do it:
  1. Open iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC.
  2. Locate the file on the computer that you want to play.
  3. Hold down the OPTION / ALT key and drag the file to the iTunes window. It will be added to the iTunes playlist, but it will not be copied to your library.
After that, you can delete the audio file from the iTunes playlist at any time.
In the same way, you can copy audio files directly to iPhone, iPad or iPod, without saving them in iTunes.
If you do not want to add a file even to the iTunes playlist, there is an exit. Below we will talk about two more ways.

How to play an audio file on a Mac via QuickTime

QuickTime allows you to easily play any audio files on your Mac without using iTunes. The program is great for one listening in the event that for some reason you do not want to use iTunes at all.
  1. Open QuickTime on the Mac (in the program folder).
  2. Drag the file to the QuickTime icon in the dock or QuickTime window to play it.
The advantage of using Quick Time is that the program can be minimized and the audio can continue to play. iTunes can also play audio on the background.

How to play an audio file on a Mac via Quick Look

You can play audio directly in Finder on a Mac using Quick Look:
  1. In the Finder, find the desired audio file.
  2. Select a file and press Space.
  3. Audio will automatically turn on and continue playing until you close the Quick Look window.
Minus Quick Look is that the audio will stop playing if you minimize the window or select another file in the Finder.
There are other programs with which you can play audio files on the Mac, but we told you about the standard ones, because they are quite handy, and you do not have to download anything else. You can also use the afplay command on the command line, but this method is only for advanced users.

Emmanuel Akor

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Martins is a passionate blogger who enjoys writing articles on techs, blogging tips and reviews. He is a "Gold Star" contributor to many top blogs and also a freelance writer.

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