Foobar2000

Foobar2000

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 141 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.1.14a
File Size:
3.62MB
Date Added:
August 23, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/Server 2003 x86 R2
Total Downloads:
319,124
Downloads Last Week:
362
Product ranking:
#17 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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    4.2

    out of 141 votes

    • 5 star: 94
    • 4 star: 20
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 19
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  • 4 stars

    "Very Good Music Player"

    August 08, 2014   |   By neplusultraomni

    Version: Foobar2000 1.3.3

    Pros

    Foobar is a music player, so it won't play videos, and therefore replace something like WMP or Winamp. As a music player it is very good. The sound quality is fine. This is a very lightweight player. It uses about 10,000 K of memory versus 60,000 K for WMP or Winamp. The CPU tends to run around 1% versus 5% for the other players. It does what it needs to do without slowing down your PC.

    Cons

    1) No help files. So you have to learn by playing around with it.

    2) I wish it had better DSP plugins like a crystallizer. I downloaded a DSP set of plugins, but since there is no documentation, I'm not sure what some of them do and how to configure them to see if they are worthwhile.

    Summary

    A great player for music files.

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