Jason Zabowski
This article presented by
Jason Zabowski
Coppertino Inc.
3 Jan 2018

"Hey! My name is Jason and Good Sound Quality means a lot for me. I’m researhcing the best Music Playback Solution and sharing my knowledge with you."

VOX Music Player vs. Clementine – Detailed Comparison

When it comes to a Mac music player, users are often confused. That's because, for some reason, most players look like iTunes but with a broader functionality and the absence of iTunes store. We need an iTunes alternative because we want to listen to audio formats not supported by it. 

Today, I'm comparing to prominent audio players for Mac – VOX Music Player and Clementine according to their functionality, compatibility, format support, interface and additional features.

Functionality. VOX vs. Clementine


Clementine is an audio player and library organizer, with the interface similar to iTunes’s and many features for the playback control. Overall use is simple – to add files you just drop your files to the player. What I liked most is that you can listen to music you have in Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. You can edit meta tags right (only on MP3 and OGG files) in the app and Clementine automatically finds lyrics and album covers if they are missing. 

Playback preferences in Clementine Music Player

VOX Music Player

VOX is more about the playback. The app puts an accent on simplicity so that users don't get confused with how to use the app. VOX includes only five tabs: Playlist, Library, Queue, Radio, and SoundCloud. Users can log into Spotify, and SoundCloud to listen to their music library using one app. Last.fm scrobbling available to keep the listening stats and get recommendations based on played tracks on VOX. The Radio includes 30,000 stations from 140 countries. 

VOX Music Player for Mac & iPhone main windows

Compatibility. VOX vs. Clementine


Clementine works on macOS, Windows, and Linux. You can control the playback using an Android device or a Wii remote.
VOX Music Player
VOX Music Player has a macOS and iOS version. The functionality of desktop and mobile is pretty much the same. According to VOX developers, Windows and Android version are due in 2018. 

Format Support. VOX vs. Clementine

Clementine & VOX Music Player 

Both players support uncompressed, lossless, and lossy audio formats. They include AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, WAV, MP3, OGG, APE, playlist formats and more. 

Interface – judge for yourself


Clementine Music Player interface

VOX Music Player

VOX Music Player for Mac – Library and album view

Additional Features


Apart from the remote control, meta tags editing and lyrics search, Clementine has:
  • Internet radio.
  • Smart Playlists.
  • Gar/Overlap.
  • Equalizer.
  • Internet services integration.
Equalizer and presets in Clementine Music Player

VOX Music Player

I've already mentioned Spotify, Last.fm, and SoundCloud integration. As for audio settings, VOX offers:
  • Equalizer.
  • BS2B (Crossfeed).
  • Track Buffer.
  • Gap/Overlap.
  • Sync Sample Rate.
  • Hog Mode.
  • Extra Volume.

VOX Music Player audio settings

Apart from that, there's an online storage for your music. It's called VOX Music Cloud

The cloud serves as the main place to keep your music and stream from it to your devices. VOX Music Cloud is an unlimited online storage. You can upload there as much music as you want. It also has no restrictions on audio formats or file's size. If your upload thousands of FLACs, it's fine. You can listen to them on your iPhone and Mac. VOX Music Cloud is available only to VOX Premium subscribers.

VOX Music Cloud logo

Now that we've learned about these players, you can try any of them and see how it goes. I prefer VOX Music Player because it's easier to navigate and use in general. I really like VOX interface as well.  Clementine would suit you if you have a vast music library and you want to integrate with various Internet services. But I'm not one of them.