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Groove Music Alternatives for Mac

Groove Music is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is VLC Media Player, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Groove Music and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Groove Music are foobar2000, Strawberry, Clementine and DeaDBeeF.

Groove Music alternatives are mainly Audio Players but may also be Media Players or Internet Radio Services. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Groove Music.
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  1. VLC Media Player icon

    VLC Media Player

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    VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

    ⚫︎ LightweightVLC Media Player consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeVLC Media Player doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableVLC Media Player is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Chromecast SupportCast your content to a Chromecast connected device with VLC Media Player.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVLC Media Player can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ PortableVLC Media Player can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Support for 4KVLC Media Player supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in VLC Media Player without registration.
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    Some users think VLC Media Player is a great alternative to Groove Music, some don't.

    VLC is an excellent video player, but it lacks a good media library management functionality, imho.

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    Groove has Music Library awareness and management. VLC does not.

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    Supports tons of formats. Epic.

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  2. foobar2000 is an advanced multi-platform freeware audio player.

    ⚫︎ Customizablefoobar2000 is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Lightweightfoobar2000 consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/Extensionsfoobar2000 can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Dark Modefoobar2000 supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Portablefoobar2000 can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Foobar custom.


  3. Strawberry is a music player and music collection organizer. It is a fork of Clementine released in 2018 aimed at music collectors and audiophiles. The name is inspired by the band Strawbs. It's written in C++ using the Qt framework.

    ⚫︎ LightweightStrawberry consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableStrawberry is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Lossless AudioStrawberry has lossless audio support, basically studio quality sound.
    ⚫︎ Goal Setting Strawberry can set individual or group goals to meet over a particular period.
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  4. Clementine is a cross-platform free and open source music player and library organizer. It is a port of Amarok 1.

    ⚫︎ LightweightClementine consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Discontinued

    No stable release since 2016. Newer release candidate seems to be available on Github.

    Clementine with lyrics pane
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    DeaDBeeF

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    DeaDBeeF is a lightweight graphical music player created for easy playback of music and management of playlists. It supports major audio codecs and tags, global hotkeys, gapless playback, streaming audio, command line control, and has an 18-band equalizer.

    ⚫︎ LightweightDeaDBeeF consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsDeaDBeeF can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ PortableDeaDBeeF can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  6. Quod Libet is a Gapless GTK+-based audio player written in Python. Its designed around the idea that you know how to organize your music better than we do. It lets you make playlists based on regular expressions (dont worry, regular searches work too).

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsQuod Libet can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ PortableQuod Libet can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    The paned browser, providing a customizable hierarchy of filters for finding your music
  7. It just sounds better! The beauty is in its simplicity, yet behind the minimal exterior lies a powerful music player with a ton of features & support for all audio formats you should ever need.

    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Lossless AudioVox Music Player has lossless audio support, basically studio quality sound.
    ⚫︎ LightweightVox Music Player consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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  8. Tomahawk gives you to access to all of your favorite music in one powerful media player.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsTomahawk can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Discontinued

    The project is no longer maintained. Last version, 0.8.4, released in April 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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  9. Swinsian is a sophisticated music player for macOS with wide format support, folder watching, advanced tag editing and designed to be responsive even with the largest libraries.

    ⚫︎ File TaggingSwinsian can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
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  10. Musique unclutters your music listening experience with a clean interface that keeps you focused on what really matters: music.

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