Why does iTunes sound so terrible?

I’ve been asking this question since I installed iTunes when I bought an iPod video last year. iTunes does the job getting music and podcasts onto my iPod but it’s a very poor day to day mp3 player on the PC. I can overlook it’s size and general ugliness. But the one thing I can’t overlook is it’s terrible sound.

I’ve used Quintessential Player for several years now with the iZotope Ozone DSP plug-in and it just sounds incredible. Comparing it to iTunes is like comparing a good quality stereo system to a $15 AM radio. I’m not kidding, the difference is really that noticeable. If you ask your friends to compare them side by side, I’ll guarantee your friends will pick the Q-Player/iZotope combo 10 out of 10 times.

I wish I could find a DSP plug-in for iTunes that would put it in the game with Q-Player but I’ve not been able to find another other than a really lame one from Volume Logic. I’m surprised that given iTunes seemingly ubiquity, there isn’t more competition in this area.

Does anyone have suggestions for making iTunes sound better?

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The ‘kicking a’ Q-Player