foobar2000 1.1.8 beta 6

foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats. Foobar2000 isn't just for early adopters or software jukebox fetishists. It doesn't mess with fancy buttons or bright colors, instead preferring a utilitarian, straightforward user interface to let the music speak for itself. foobar2000 uses tabs and panels to help the user navigate its plain, but functional, user interface. You can customize the interface using several layout options. Menu options and recognizable command buttons reside at the top of the window. Two panels, each with tabbed menus, reside on the left side of the window. From there, you can view the album list and the properties of a selected artist or song. You'll also find tabs for viewing a spectrogram, a spectrum, and VU meter of music currently being played, display album art, and synchronize with portable players including iPods.

Main features:

• Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.
• Gapless playback.
• Full unicode support.
• Easily customizable user interface layout.
• Advanced tagging capabilities.
• Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.
• Full ReplayGain support.
• Customizable keyboard shortcuts.
• Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.

Operating Systems: Windows XP - SP2 or newer, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008.

Changelog:

  • Worked-around a reported security problem with certain WAV files and buggy system codecs.
  • Skip silence DSP improvements.
  • Improved MP3 tag handling (ID3v2) compliance:
    • More compliant WXXX parsing.
    • More compliant ID3v2.4 date handling.
    • Compressed 2.3 tags are now readable.
    • Due to heavy structural changes in relevant code, please watch out for MP3 tagging regressions.

Download: foobar2000 1.1.8 Beta 6 | 3.1 MB (Freeware)
Download: Mirror @ Brothersoft
View: foobar2000 Website

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a good application for playing music. i pretty much dumped WinAMP for this a little while ago now.

plus i like how you can convert from FLAC to MP3/MPC/AAC/OGG to which comes in nice for converting audio files (i primarily use MPC (musepack)) so they can play on my Sansa e250 running Rockbox firmware (it can play basically all the major audio formats and probably most of the semi-known ones to). but it does take some slight configuring for it to do that since you have to manually download the encoders of each program be it FLAC/LAME(for MP3)/Musepack(MPC)/AAC(nero's aac encoder)/OGG(Vorbis AoTuv).

i typically avoid AAC since it's more of a battery hog on my Sansa e250 device that runs Rockbox in which MP3/MPC and probably OGG are the most battery efficient.

plus i like the little extension with this app that does ABX tests which basically is a test that compares 2 audio files to see if you can tell the difference between the two. it's a nice way to prove if people can actually hear the differences in bit rates of the same songs basically as people like to claim certain bitrates are crap but ill bet most would not be able to tell the differences when your @ 128kbps+ (or for MP3 terms... LAME in v5 mode which is average of around 130kbps) when running a double blind test which is what this does.

reason i use MPC instead of the usual MP3 is typically because it's similar quality but less file size as it's standard mode is 170kbps for a average bit rate vs 190kbps for MP3 in it's standard setting which is LAME v2.... so it typically creates smaller file sizes but i guess one thing MP3 has going for it is pretty much everything out there supports MP3 where as MPC (musepack) support is very limited but since i am only using it on my Rockbox device i am good.