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 format 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 meta data and playlists.
- The program can also play audio files found in compressed archives of various formats.
- foobar2000 supports replay gain at album and track levels and you can toggle clipping.
- It can read from various optical disc, supports disc burning.
- Even out of the box, foobar2000 can play the audio tracks out of several video formats.
- Album art can be stored in pretty much every supported audio format, even those formats which don't natively support album art.
- You can't ask for a better price tag!
- The program is not cross-platform, and the developer has no intention of supporting other platforms, although, it seems to run fine on Linux and Macintosh 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.
Transferring Your Profile
If you want to transfer your custom profile and all extensions to another computer, do the following:
- Install foobar2000 on your new computer
- Launch foobar2000 on your so it will create the necessary folders, but don't bother running the setup wizard.
- On your old computer, navigate to .\Users\Your User\AppData\Roaming\foobar2000.
- Copy all of these files into the same location on your new computer.