Foobar2000 is an advanced audio player for the Windows platform. It is a convenient and flexible media player that can be customized to suit your specific needs and preferences.
Foobar2000 does need a fair amount of time to tweak and setup, but once you are done you can use it in just about any way you need to manage your media library.
Key Features include:
- Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, and SND.
- 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.
When you first install and setup the interface appears a tad bleak, but in reality it hides some powerful features and a vast array of customizable options. You can choose the Quick Setup option, or you can go make individual selections regarding the type of information you would like to see displayed. If you need, there are skins available to download as well.
Foobar2000 is a great audio tool to have in your collection of apps. It is lightweight, has a small operating footprint and has some nice features. It has full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats. On the downside, it isn’t that easy to navigate if you are a novice. However, there is some help documentation available to assist those less experienced users.
Better error message when trying to open M4A file renamed to .aac.
Added %video_codec% info for Matroska and MP4 files.
Added support for PCM audio in MP4 container.
Made mouse wheel work in playlist view during a drag&drop operation.
Improved handling of classical music metadata for iTunes M4A files.
Added %bitspersample_extra% info to tell between int32/float32 PCM files.
Added support for ID3v2 iTunes Grouping field.
Converter: advanced-preferences option to encode to temp folder and move encoded-and-tagged files to the intended destination.
Made tag update operations not fail when another application has the file open for reading.
Corrected wrong bitrate shown for FLAC in Matroska container.
Corrected labels for F13-F24 keyboard shortcuts.
Fixed bugs with ReplayGain Scanner's automatic resampling of high sample rate content.
Bumped maximum allowed sample rate to deal with DSD1024 content.
Made Media Library respect 'include hidden files & folders' setting in Advanced Preferences.
Converter with “don't reset DSP between tracks” now respects DSP-reported latency for proper handling of gapless albums.
PPHS resampler bug fixes (inaccurate reported latency, crashing with extreme sample rates).
Fixed ReplayGain scan results showing zero peaks on near-silent 24-bit files.
New and improved buffering scheme for improved network streaming performance (ported from foobar2000 mobile).
Internet radio handling regressions from 1.4 fixed; added an Advanced Preferences setting for ShoutCast metadata codepage.
Fixed component auto update on Windows XP (1.4 regression).
Added an Advanced Preferences option to toggle asymmetric search, reverting search behaviors to 1.3 style.
Added title formatting fields for showing track/album peaks as decibel values.
Improved status feedback from batch attach album art tool.
Pressing “next” past the end of playlist now restarts the playlist even without “repeat” mode.
Made Converter “copy other files” feature respect parent folder (..\pattern) references.
Added EXTM3U info writing (enabled via advanced preferences).
Added 5.1 and 7.1 upmix DSPs.