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Original author(s) Louka Desroziers
Julien Sagot
Developer(s) PixiApps
Stable release
3.0.8 (macOS)
2.5.2 (iOS)
Operating system macOS, iOS
Platform Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Mac OS X Lion
OS X Mountain Lion
iOS 6
iOS 7
iOS 8
Size 7.5 MB (macOS)
3.2 MB (iOS)

Ecoute is a standalone music player application for macOS and iOS.[1] It was created by Louka Desroziers (Developer) and Julien Sagot (Interface Designer).[2] The current version is 3.0.8 for macOS and 2.5.2 for iOS.

Mac version[edit]

Ecoute plays content from the iTunes library. Music, videos, and podcasts goes into this small application that does not require iTunes to be launched while it uses iTunes' music library, playlists, and related information such as MP3 metatags. Users may switch back and forth between using Ecoute and iTunes. Ecoute does not require separately importing music or information; it uses the same files that iTunes does.[3]

Ecoute is a lightweight player. Features include the ability to search for missing artwork, and customizable themes. Users may share information about the music they are listening to on Facebook, Twitter, and[4] Ecoute supports Growl alerts, so the listener can see exactly what is playing.[5]

The Desktop Controller is a very simple controller that sits in the background of the desktop. It shows the Album artwork, along with the details of the track currently playing and provides access to the music navigation controls.[6]

iOS version[edit]

The makers of Ecoute have launched an official iPhone app in the App Store, on 17 August 2012. Ecoute for iOS serves as a music player with Twitter integration, AirPlay support, music filters, podcast support, and more.[7]


Nick Mead from Softonic summarised his review as follow: "Ecoute is an excellent, lightweight alternative to the increasingly bloated issues that you may have been having with iTunes".[5] Federico Viticci from MacStories described the Mac OS X version of Ecoute as a "small, powerful alternative to iTunes".[8] Lukas Hermann from MacStories described the iOS application as "the best music player for iOS".[9] Shane Richmond from The Daily Telegraph also praised the iOS application, saying that it is "much more pleasant and user-friendly design than Apple's iPod app".[10]


  1. ^ Ecoute Website Ecoute Website
  2. ^ Authors Ecoute Authors
  3. ^ "Ecoute – Play iTunes library without launching iTunes". MacUpdate. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ecoute". Appitalism. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Mead, Nick. "Ecoute – Enjoy your iTunes music without iTunes". Softonic. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Bennett, Henry (24 August 2009). "Controlling iTunes With Ecoute". AppStorm. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Heath, Alex (20 August 2012). "The Minimalist Music Player for Mac Makes Its Way to the iPhone". The iPaddict. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Viticci, Federico (2 January 2011). "Ecoute 2.0 – Small, Powerful Alternative to iTunes". MacStories. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Hermann, Lukas (21 August 2012). "Ecoute Is The Best Music Player For iOS. Period.". MacStories. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Richmond, Shane (6 September 2012). "Ecoute iPhone app review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 

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