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Foobar2000 v1.3.17 has a clean, minimal, yet highly customizable user interface all while maintaining super fast performance proven with stable system file and hardware usage. And to top it off, in terms of performance, it gives you the option to install the program into a portable application! This can all be customized to your personal use case with Foobar2000 v1.3.17 See More
Can I thumbsup more than once? Personally, long time VLC user. But before VLC, there was this program, this very plain looking program, I don't remember exactly the name. But for some reason, foobar2000 brough back memories. Just installed, and customizing layout now which starts right up on first load. Oh, and I downloaded the stable version, beta has alot of updates and Idk how that version will be. But so far this player will work perfectly! And it's PORTABLE! ok idk why I'm getting so excited, I'm pretty sure you can make any program portable and how often do we really use those properly? One sec as I finish this layout...I'm very picky...wow..this thing is looking great. And it's fast. -(Found a bug on my end, "Dark Grey Orange", "Dark Grey Magenta", and a few others are not working when selected. Those two for example are just "Dark Grey". Maybe the Magenta and Orange parts are shown elsewhere just not in the window I'm currently in?) Ok no biggie. Design/Layout is set. If you don't care, you can set it up which ever way you with 1 click. I went with the "Dark Grey Magenta". Yeah I know, I said it wasn't working. But hopefully it does because that color combination is exactly how my windows is set up. Dark grey windows and a magenta/closer to pink cursor and a few other accents. The magenta really makes things stand out. Hopefully it's not the playlist when I import some stuff, that would be an eye sore. But wait, looks like I can change it? Hmmm. Ok the Layout Editing Mode is legit, perfect for column customizing.... Yeah I'm gonna keep typing, more for personal reference so excuse my compulsive mechanical keyboard clicks if you can hear them from wherever you are.. AH! I was right.the "Magenta" part is the 'Highlight' color. But it looks more Pink than Magenta, so I'm going to brighten it up a little bit. Right? Magenta is brighter than pink no? It's got to be!! Can I add a music library that's on an external HDD? I'm sure I can, but what could I mess up? Welp, gotta google for a sec... ok I didn't find any serious issues. So I'll look more into that later, but basically it seems like iTunes users have a bit more to do if they're storing their conent library on an external. Unless things have changed. Google needs to stop showing these old forum posts so often. Not completely, they're great for most things, but they gotta give the new boards a chance I mean jeeze who knows if a forum from 2006 that says [SOLVED] wil work 12 years later. Google search by date seems to work ok for those types of things. But is it just me? Or does google's search results seem a little off? Especially with the whole naughty filtering. And I'm not talking about professional actresses getting dp'd. I'm starting see sites that are just simply...too nice? No F that! Too CORPORATE!! Just cuz they're titles and descriptions sound so welcoming, yeah uhhuh, I'm on to you, whoever you are, spending thousands of dollars on ad marketing leaving all the smaller sites on page 3. Ok, now. Adding the Path [3:16am] ..Initializing... ..[42gb Library].. Status shows "Monitoring" now [3:19am] That's fair no? I mean, 3 seconds, I didn't need to copy anything I think. Let's see what's next, ok so I guess go to Open. Nope, I don't want to open one file. I guess i need to make a Folder. Ok good, I'll just add "John Mayer" from my Discography directory [mp3], and yes "Kevin Gates - Islah (2016)" from the albums directory since that is the only album I have in FLAC atm. So I want to try the two formats. Screw it I selected the entire folder structer and it took less than a second and everything is loaded up. Playlist looks clean. I like it so far. Meta data is all there. Nice. Oh wow, the meta data really is everywhere. But that's probably because these are legit cd rips. Damn I'm good. Oh sorry, this is about foobar... Soooo now I press on the triangle button sideways? Nooo?! Ok i do now! Off the bat! Looks amazing. Smooth. Simple. Easy. I'm only into the main interface. They have alot of features on their site. Definitely keeping. Windows default media apps are gone. VLC gone too, but only because I'm on a fresh install of windows and I guess no reason to re-install it now. I like the customization with just the stock UI. I don't like 3rd party addons and tools, so I try to avoid those as much as possible. The default customization will do. I love it! Thanks! -Gromexe See More
Damian Gromek's Experience
At first launch, the player's only step is a simple basic layout configuration wizard which lets you customize the main view of the user interface to your liking. This part gets more into detail when you enable "Layout Editing Mode". There you can add/remove block elements, columns, and even the ability to rename those columns! So "Playlists", by default, can be anything you want. Additionally, color & font customization is possible through the "Default User Interface" preference options along with theme export and import options as a backup, but it's so simple to setup, that redoing everything wouldn't even be that much of a hassle. See More
Through the use of a plugin (of which there are three popular ones) users can get bit exact sound output straight to their DAC or soundcard. While not something every user will use, for audiophiles this is a pretty important feature. See More
In foobar2000, the Converter Component supports ripping Audio CD's as well as transcoding, to and from, any of the following audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND. Other formats can be introduced with additional components if needed. Application development is consistently updated making it a reliable choice for a stable application with routine bug fixes, some of which you may never encounter. See More
VLC is a media player first and foremost. There is no library management, aside from playlists, usage of tags is very limited, no rating system and VLC is best at playing a file directly from a folder as opposed to helping you manage or find good songs in your music library. See More
Other music players usually require separate plugins for this, but AIMP comes by default with the modern WASAPI (Windows Audio Session API) audio output support thus providing purest sound output unadultered by the Windows mixer (in WASAPI Exclusive mode) out of the box. See More
AIMP has a digital sound processor manager which lets you apply sound effects to the output audio in real-time. These effects include: echo, reverberation, Flanger, Chorus, bass, enhancer, speed, tempo, and pitch. It also has a voice remover feature for stereo audio files. See More
Includes support for services such as Ampache, Google Play Music, Spotify as well as many internet radio stations such as Jamendo and Icecast. It is possible to make a search on all available sources (local and online) at once as well as mixed content playlists. See More
While mostly bare-bones, Music Player Daemon does include a few features which help make it perform well. Buffer support ensures that your music continues to play without interruption even when your system is under an extremely heavy (but temporary) load, gapless playback starts loading a song just before it's needed so that it's ready to play the instant the last song ends. Meanwhile, crossfading allows your songs to blend into one another for continuous playback. See More
Song Director automatically scans your computer for audio files and builds a searchable database of all your music. Once this database is built, you unleash the full power of a modern database system to search, play, and organize your music. See More
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