foobar2000 is a free jukebox program for Windows developed by Peter Pawłowski and first released on 2002-12-20. By default, the software is light-weight with a spartan interface, but uses a plugin system to allow extended features. With various plugins installed, the system supports hundreds of audio formats, both decoding and encoding, has a powerful library querying system, supports meta tags for dozens of formats, and easy modification of them, and extends many formats beyond their original specifications with custom meta tags, album art, etc.
I found foobar2000 while looking for a replacement for Winamp after Nullsoft stopped updating it. After becoming familiar with it, I now prefer it over any other music player. foobar2000 also has a port written for phones and tablets called foobar2000 Mobile.
- The default program has been receiving constant updates for years, as have many of the plugins featured on the site.
- With a full complement of plugins, you will be hard-pressed to find an audio format or playlist that isn't supported.
- The program is remarkably stable. I have used it for years, and I can't remember the last time it crashed.
- The user-interface can be easily modified and moved around, and there are several ways to view the data.
- The program can also play audio files found in compressed archives of various formats.
- foobar2000 supports multiple forms of replay gain, can read from various optical disc, supports disc burning, and can even play the audio tracks out of several video formats.
- You can't ask for a better price tag!
- The album art unfortunately doesn't support PNG images, so you're stuck with lower-quality JPEG or bloated BMP.
- The program is not cross-platform, and the developer has no intention of supporting other platforms, although, it seems to run fine on Linux through Wine.
- Though the position of the interface can be easily moved about, it still looks very spartan, perhaps a bit too much for those users who prefer form over function.