Foobar2000

Foobar2000

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

Version:
1.3.3
File Size:
3.62MB
Date Added:
July 24, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
319,537
Downloads Last Week:
462
Product ranking:
#15 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
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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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  • 5 stars

    "Best I've ever found"

    June 21, 2013   |   By Weissryk

    Version: Foobar2000 1.2.8

    Pros

    Highly customizable. Take the time to learn how to drive it,you wont be dissapointed

    Cons

    NONE!!!!!!!!!!

    Summary

    Everything I've tried falls short in one way or another,until I found this. Awesome!! I'd happily pay for this.

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  • 4 stars

    "Great when you know hoa to work with it!"

    April 24, 2013   |   By amirue-san

    Version: Foobar2000 1.2.5

    Pros

    haha i spend about 15 minutes to search themes for this new foobar player and the results worth it! If you don't want the plain theme foobar player then search for new one its all around the net and got intruction with it how to install

    Cons

    not really recommended for people who just want it to be elegant and beautiful at once when they install it

    Summary

    here if you dont want to search for themes...https://www.google.com.my/search?q=foobar+theme&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=fflb

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  • 5 stars

    "Amazing Sound Quality"

    March 28, 2013   |   By nishantesh

    Version: Foobar2000 1.2.3

    Pros

    Low on system resources Sound Quality of foobar is really mind blowing.Simple interface.

    Cons

    None so far

    Summary

    Foobar is music player uses low system resources without compromising on sound quality.U can customize foobar with number of skins available on web.Overall highly recommended music player.

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  • 3 stars

    "Music player at its best!"

    February 10, 2013   |   By EduCamargo

    Version: Foobar2000 1.2.2

    Pros

    Highly customizable, including personal layouts and keyboard shortcuts, lots of configurations without being heavy, great sound, folder monitoring is a breeze, a robust media library and a playlist that allows you to view music the way you want, a great music organizer that never attempts automagic things, powerful tag editing capabilities with support for viewing and even embedding album art, event console, DSP, equalizer, a file converter that works like a charm for your personal purposes, and lots, and lots of other things that others have mentioned. Ah! Secure ripping made easy! And of course, music playing is an invitation to life! It's punchy, it's outrageously gorgeous.

    With all this, it's free and light! Even a modest system configuration can run it perfectly!

    Thank God we have Foobar to please our ears!

    Cons

    Someone should be kind and help Peter on making it cross-platform!

    Summary



    Updated on Feb 10, 2013

    Rate was kept at 3.0 stars because the rate system doesn't seem to work with screen reading software.

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  • 3 stars

    "I Just Don't See Why All The Good Reviews."

    January 17, 2013   |   By Smeaga31

    Version: Foobar2000 1.2.1

    Pros

    It's free. Does What it says. Apparently loved by many. It's Fast.

    Cons

    It's ugly.
    Hard to customize to preference.
    Doesn't sound any better than most free media players. (not a con just true)
    I really hate this piece of @$#&*^%$!

    Summary

    I don't want to spend an hour or so setting up a media player that when finished looks ugly and doesn't sound all that great. I'm not a novice. I have tried and used literally dozens of free media players in my many years. Some harder to configure and set up than this....but when finished the player was good looking, sounded better and was something I would keep. Not this. I'm Truly disapointed. After reading all the reviews I thought I would have a great media player and instead got Fubared.

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  • 5 stars

    "The Best music player around"

    October 26, 2012   |   By AndersCF

    Version: Foobar2000 1.1.15

    Pros

    Minimalistic, has a lot of awesome themes, powerful ID3 tagging, great sound quality,highly customizable, open source, FAST, lightweight, great converter.

    Cons

    Right out of the box, it's not so pretty. Looks kind of technical at first. Casual users might get scared by this.

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  • 5 stars

    "Fast loading and clear interface"

    September 10, 2012   |   By lostovios

    Version: Foobar2000 1.1.14a

    Pros

    +Very fast,just 1 second loading time!
    +Total clear interface
    +Total customizable
    +Excellent sound

    Cons

    -Not a con but a suggestion : Open folders (right click) in a new tab instead of an existing one.

    Summary

    Just perfect!

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