Monday, August 4, 2008
Foobar2000 is an advanced 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.
* Audio formats supported natively: MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, MPC, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC / Ogg FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, AU, SND, CDDA, WMA.
* More audio formats supported through optional components, official or third-party.
* Full unicode support.
* Customizable user interface layout new in version 0.9.5.
* Advanced tagging capabilities.
* Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component. Read more...
* ReplayGain support - both playback and calculation.
* Customizable keyboard shortcuts.
* Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.
You have probably heard of Foobar 2000 when surfing the web, it's the cool player that looks awesome in screenshots like this and this and just simply looks cool. So you want to try it out and are shocked when you realize that Foobar 2000 doesn't look anything near as awesome as the screenshots i linked to, it can look like this tough if you put enough effort into it.... and that's where the strength and weakness of foobar is in my opinion, you can make it look exactly as you want but you must spend hours or even days to make it look as good as some of setups some people have, of course you can download some pre-made configuration but some require specific versions of Foobar 2000 and that can be also a pain to configure in my experience.
Tough adding extra components is a different matter, you can just download a component DLL and drag and drop it into Foobar's component folder. you can easily add cool components such as a scrolling lyrics panel, a popup with song information, a quick search bar,Etc. with a little work i made my Foobar 2000 installation look like this only by using components and changing the colors that Columns UI uses. You can get a pretty good list of components here.
As a music player Foobar 2000 is pretty good but for some reason there's a slight pause when it starts playing a song, it goes away when i keep the foobar windows but it is still annoying. also be sure to disable ReplayGain unless you want it to mess with the volume of your tracks since that's happenned to me and i like to have my volume unchanged thank you very much and be sure to have your music properly tagged since Foobar 2000 relies heavily on tags.
Oh and the memory usage of the program is very good, in my system it uses between 4 to 6MB of RAM which is very good but keep in mind that this number can go up if you install extra components.
In conclusion Foobar 2000 is very good music player in which you can spend hours trying to make it look as you want or instead you can keep it simple like me and save yourself some headaches, its all up to you. Available for Windows 2003/XP/Vista.
Get it at http://www.foobar2000.com/