foobar2000 1.3.1

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 foobar2000 1.3.1:

  • ReplayGain scanner component: support for altering loudness of MP4/AAC files.
  • ID3v2 - improved compatibility with iTunes “release date” tag.

Download: foobar2000 1.3.1 | 3.6 MB (Freeware)
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my program of choice for listening to music on my PC from time to time and not to mention i use it for conversion of FLAC to MP3/AAC(.m4a) etc as all you need is the 'LAME v3.99.5' encoder for MP3 or for AAC i use Nero's encoder even thought it appears the iTunes AAC encoder stuff is a bit more tweaked than Nero at this point (especially for more of the lower bit rates) as it's been a while since Nero updated it's AAC encoder and my guess is they never will at this point. but MP3 is what i would mostly use anyways since once the bit rate is high enough (say roughly v2(190kbps VBR) mode using LAME) it's good enough for the vast majority of people (i.e. they can't tell the difference between the original source and the compressed audio file) and since MP3 is the most common/compatible lossy format it's what i would use in general if you want to play it safe.