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Revision as of 14:05, 4 October 2018

My customized interface.

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 and uses 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 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 trying to find a replacement for the aging Winamp. After becoming familiar with it, I now prefer it over any other music player. foobar2000 also have a port written for phones and tables called foobar2000 Mobile.

Review

Good

  • 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.

Bad

  • The album art unfortunately doesn't support PNG images, so you're stuck with either JPG or BMP.
  • The program is not cross-platform, and the developer has no intention of supporting other platforms.
  • 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.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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