Foobar2000

Foobar2000

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 140 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.3
File Size:
3.57MB
Date Added:
December 30, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
318,545
Downloads Last Week:
370
Product ranking:
#16 in Media Players
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

This venerable and free alternative audio player has long been appreciated by hard-core customization enthusiasts, but Foobar2000 isn't just for early adopters or software jukebox fetishists. It doesn't mess with fancy buttons or bright colors, instead preferring a utilitarian, straightforward user interface to let the music speak for itself.

Foobar2000 uses tabs and panels to help the user navigate its plain, but functional, user interface. You can customize the interface using several layout options. Menu options and recognizable command buttons reside at the top of the window. Two panels, each with tabbed menus, reside on the left side of the window. From there, you can view the album list and the properties of a selected artist or song. You'll also find tabs for viewing a spectrogram, a spectrum, and VU meter of music currently being played. The largest panel displays track lists. Using the menu options, we were able to successfully pull music files from a CD, load them into the player, play them without issues, and save them as MP3s or WAVs. You can also display album art, and synchronize with portable players including iPods.

Though we would have liked to have seen a built-in help feature, the program does include a link that takes users to an FAQ page through the publisher's site. Both novice and advanced users will appreciate this program's easy navigation and straightforward style. Although many people might prefer a jukebox that looks more like iTunes, we highly recommend Foobar2000.

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  • All Versions:

    4.2

    out of 140 votes

    • 5 star: 94
    • 4 star: 19
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 19
  • Current Version:

    4.3

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5 stars

    "LOVE IT, SIMPLE EASY!"

    May 13, 2014   |   By Edinburgh1

    Version: Foobar2000 1.3

    Pros

    Very small download. Easy interface, very basic player.Easy to use. No problems.Of course the main object is to play music and FRFEE!

    Cons

    No cons I am happy to say.

    Summary

    Been using this for my music for years and years, my last 3 laptops have never used WMP player at all. In face I have never opened WMP on this laptop ever.
    The interface is easy and clean, no bells or whistles, justs gets the job with playing music, with no fuss at all.

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  • 5 stars

    "Doesn't **** around with ******** you don't need."

    April 23, 2014   |   By crystal_dong

    Version: Foobar2000 1.3

    Pros

    Everything

    Cons

    Makes all other players look ****

    Summary

    Player used by Carl Sagan.

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  • 3 stars

    "Ok, But I like Many Better"

    April 07, 2014   |   By DontWannaKnow

    Version: Foobar2000 1.3

    Pros

    It's really easy on system resources. It has good sound. You can manage very large libraries with it.It has an ABX plugin and volume matching functions for blind testing purposes. The latter is very useful when determining at what bit-rate a lossy file becomes transparent to the user. It's free.

    Cons

    It's really ugly. I've been told there are skins to remedy this, but it is a separate download and kind of a hassle.
    It sounds very nice but not any better than some others I've tried.
    It has a steep learning curve compared to some others also. Most good players DO, but ultimately not worth it IMHO.

    Summary

    I gave this a fair shot and find it lacking in many ways. That said, It is probably better than 80 percent I have tried. There is almost a cult following of this software, which speaks of it's efficacy. I am not a cultist and prefer to think outside the box, if you will. I prefer MusicBee and that is what I use, but Foobar is not anything to be dismissed lightly. Try it for yourself and don't listen to audiophools. You may find a dream machine, or like me just another media player in a long line of available players

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