foobar2000 1.2.5 Beta 1

foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. It features the simplest, most minimalistic interface you'll ever see in this kind of program. Other features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.

foobar2000 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

What's new in this version:

  • Converter: fixed writing of WAV files with odd byte counts (eg. 24-bit mono).
  • Improved handling of various malformed WAV files.
  • Converter: fixed writing of file types that foobar2000 cannot tag.
  • Fixed “verify integrity of played files” option disabling HDCD & DTS decoder components.
  • It's a feature of individual decoder components; third party decoder components such as Monkey's Audio decoder must be updated separately.
  • “Add Folder” now skips over hidden files & subfolders.
  • AIFF file format tagging support.
  • Added authenticode signatures to foobar2000 binaries.

Download: foobar2000 1.2.5 Beta 1 | 3.1 MB (Freeware)
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Update: foobar2000 v1.2.5 beta 2 has been released.

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I've never tried this before as I've always liked VLC, but that thing takes a day and a half just to start anymore, so I'm looking around.

The article doesn't state if this thing plays flv files, like VLC does, unless using other plugins. How much will those slow down this player?

What's your opinion on differences between Foobar and VLC?

Foobar is actually made for AUDIO were as VLC is for VIDEO.

my programs of choice for...
AUDIO = Foobar2000
VIDEO = Pot Player (this is much better than VLC for general video playback if you ask me)

Every time I try foobar I find it incredibly frustrating to use skins or understand how it works exactly. I think I'm getting too old for tinkering with programs and reading manuals.

then don't use them. i've been using foobar for years now, and have no interest in customisation whatsoever. on the contrary, it's the basic/simple look that attracted me to it. the amount of time i spend looking at the program negates any need at all to prettify it.

A person after my own heart!!

Have never given a crap about customizing much of anything and basic/simple, usually equals fast and efficient.

That's what always blows me away when people complain about the gui and say how ugly it is. Who cares, if it works EXACTLY as it's supposed to?!

Saex_Conroy said,
ive been using foobar2000 since 2009 and never bothered to install skins

Same, I don't even look at the thing. Got a couple plugins (LCD panel integration, stuff like that) but it just sits in the taskbar, starts and stays minimized, launched elsewhere, controlled through the various buttons on the thumbnail popup on the taskbar or multimedia keys on the keyboard or LCD panel, about as minimalistic as it gets, don't need the other fluff.

That said, it is a pain in the butt to get it "just right" if you're into the visual end of it, but you can get some pretty nice results if you put the time into it.

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