There is a new player in town--a new audio player, that is. The AtomicPlayer from Quux Software is a simple tool that lets you play your favorite audio files, as well as access numerous online radio stations. This free player will never be considered flashy by any means. The publishers have removed emphasis on what they consider to be irrelevant features (i.e., skins, visualizations, etc). What they do offer is a small, no-nonsense audio player interface that is intended as an alternative choice for individuals who just want to listen to music.
The AtomicPlayer may seem to be a bit technically challenged compared with its more famous counterparts, but its interface features the same audio controls and buttons required of a typical audio player. The program's emphasis is on playback quality and ease of use rather than appearance. However, it is quite capable of downloading album art, song lyrics, album and band information upon request, and displaying them in a clutter-free interface. Having different kinds of audio-file formats in your collection also presents no problem. This player will support virtually every audio format out there. It will provide straight-up music without the bling. Nothing more, nothing less!
One caveat though: While the fully featured AtomicPlayer is easy to install and opens with relative ease, it can be installed on Windows 7 or Vista machines only, having been built exclusively for the Windows Audio Session API. One other issue we did see during the test is that it will install a desktop icon without permission, but this minor issue doesn't offset this straightforward audio benefits.
From Quux Software:
Make Music on Windows a Pleasure Again with AtomicPlayer Ever wonder why Windows music players seem to be designed for everything except actually listening to music? Does your music player make it easy to sit back, relax, and really enjoy your music? Or does it distract you with unnecessary complexity and chores? Now there's a Windows audio player that is designed to make the important part of all of music the listening experience a pleasure instead of an afterthought. You can get to the music you want to hear quickly and easily, even with libraries of 100,000 tracks or more. All with outstanding sound quality using the newest Windows audio technologies. And without unnecessary stuff like skins, add-ons, on-line stores, limited formats, and marketing gimmicks that compromise the listening experience. AtomicPlayer is simple enough to get started right away, but when you're ready it will support you with a rich feature set and pristine fidelity. You'll find plenty to like about AtomicPlayer. It's the easiest to use Windows audio player you can find, delivers outstanding sound quality and performance, and has some of the best features around.
- Clean, easy interface - No adds or upgrade now eye garbage - Very high quality audio playback - Seems to play everything -tested wma, flac, mp3
- Takes longer than winamp to load music collection - Had to manually choose audio output device. The default didn't work - had to deselect "volume is windows master" to make volume controls work - feels a little like beta.
better than: quicktime windows media player /center winamp
not as good as amarok
Updated on Mar 25, 2012
** the free version doesn't save your music collection after closing the program **
I tried the most popular file types and clicked the play button. The time/length was displayed but that's all. I doubt the "Premium" version will be any better. Quux have been recommended to me by friends, but this offering is not exactly a good experience for me. This time I think I'll pass!