Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Foobar2000 - best alternative to Winamp

For those who are still sticking around Winamp  (or any other media player for that matter) to play their audio files should seriously have a look at Foobar2000. "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 is free, small(~3 MB), light on resources and simple to use. The interface is very user friendly and may not look attractive to many but a few changes using optional components can make it rock!

The best thing about Foobar2000 is that its SDK is under BSD license therefore allowing developers to develop their own components(plugins) for this application.

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.

There are other good audio players in the market but Foobar2000 has carved a niche for itself with the users owing to its simplicity and good functionality. There are many useful functionalities such as audio converter, inbuilt file copy/delete/rename/move etc (now you don't have to open the folder for every song you want). If you haven't tried this yet, it is time for you to do so.

Download it from here
Read more about it on Wikipedia

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