228 - foobar2000
Sit back and enjoy all of your favorite songs in high-quality, manage playlists and more with the help of this powerful application
There are numerous applications out there that can process media files and turn them into a pleasant way of passing the time. Foobar2000 counts as one of them, trying to simplify and reduce many features for increased compatibility with as many configurations as possible.
Lightweight and easy to use
There is no rocket-science hidden behind the interface. Deploying is done almost instantly, after which you are left to get acquainted with available function, but accommodation is far from being difficult or time-consuming.
Necessary playback options are found in an upper toolbar, with the rest of the space being dedicated to file management. In more technical terms, the application uses an impressively low amount of system resources and little space is taken up on your hard disk drive.
Enhanced sound with various effects
Taking a few moments to go through what the application has to offer, and it has, you manage to stumble upon an 18 band equalizer. Unfortunately, it does not have any presets by default, but you can still create and save your own custom configurations.
Convert files to other formats
The application can pride itself with an integrated feature that lets you change the format of a sound file. Doing so requires you to right-click the desired item and hitting the “Quick Converter” brings up a new window with a list of supported output formats.
Create and manage playlists
What makes it an almost complete application of its kind is the playlist manager. You can simply drag songs you want to play over the main window and have them saved to a list under a custom name. There is no real limit to the number of audio files or playlists you can add.
Furthermore, for enhanced ease of access, integrated hotkey support come in handy when you don't plan to bring up the main window each time a song is changed or volume adjusted. Overall, you can further add to the application's usability by installing various components found all over the Internet.
To end with
All in all, Foobar2000 is a trustworthy application due to its rich feature design, as well as that it uses considerably little system resources to provide flawless quality audio. It is a common media player used today and manages to stay amongst the best of its kind.
Features and Highlights
- Simple and clean interface.
- Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.
- 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 allowing third-party developers to extend the functionality of the player.