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Spider Player

CNET Editors' review

For the most part, media players don't impress us; we've seen a ton of them, and few of them offer much in the way of advantages over ubiquitous programs like Windows Media Player. Every now and then, however, we come across one we really like. Spider Player is a sleek, full-featured audio player that allows users to perform a variety of tasks with their audio files. We were quite impressed with both the variety of the program's features and its attractive design.

The program's interface is nice to look at, with a color scheme that is predominantly gray with blue and orange accents. The application operates much as any other media player does. Users can open individual audio files or directories and create playlists with their songs. A built-in equalizer makes it easy to customize playback, and the program also supports streaming online radio. Spider Player does much more than just play audio files, however. The program also allows users rip tracks from CDs and to convert audio files between a handful of formats. We've seen many programs that contain one or two of these features--Download.com is, in fact, overflowing with audio converters--but we're not sure we've seen a program that contains such a useful, well-organized collection of audio utilities. We appreciated that Spider Player wasn't bloated with useless options that serve no purpose except to confuse the user. The program's online Help file was adequate. Overall, we found Spider Player to be both aesthetically pleasing and practical--a combination we don't often run across.

Spider Player is free. The program installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Light and promt"

    October 28, 2013  |   By idiotjim

    Version: Spider Player 2.5.3

    Pros

    Wake up on que and goe down when asked to do its jobb good.

    Cons

    have a hard time to find much on the eownside, but its no longer looked after so premium is said to be offered free but the page doesnt open so it will keep nagg at start up

    Summary

    Useful and intuitive.nagging art start up but not really disturbing

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Leave my browser alone!"

    September 14, 2013  |   By mattwrotethis

    Version: Spider Player 2.5.3

    Pros

    Actually a great media player. Unlike Windows Media Player, when I select "random" I actually get random, and it doesn't pause when "ducking" for Ventrilo when gaming like Windows Media Player does.

    Cons

    Even after clicking "no" and "cancel" at several different places, installing this STILL installed AVG toolbar on both of my web browsers and screwed up my Google Chrome homepage and new tab settings.

    Does not work with keyboard media player controls.

    Summary

    It would've gotten 4 or even 4.5 stars without the force-fed AVG toolbar.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastic AND Pro-Version is now FREE!"

    July 5, 2012  |   By Imogen7Ryan

    Version: Spider Player 2.5.3

    Pros

    The Pro version (worth $19.95) is now FREE! It has a nice UI. The Graphic Equalizers values are shown for easier use. The sound is excellent. It's easy to use; so far I have made a few playlist's and the speech audio is fantastic too. It supports an abundance of audio formats not just Mp3. Able to hide the Graphic Eq and the playlist so just a small player remains.

    Cons

    The reason the Pro version is now Free is because the Developer has stopped working on the player so therefore there will be no further updates. There are sadly only 2 Skins options now. The Radio feature is limited to 1 and then you need an account for that site.

    Summary

    On the whole, it is a great little player with impeccable sound and ease of use. Having the free upgrade is a bonus. There is another player very similar in design and the Spider Player rivals it. I do recommend it but there are other features that may or may not be there (because of the discontinued upgrading)but I cannot comment as I haven't looked for them. For a simple, high sound quality audio player, then I do recommend it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good, but for one glaring omission"

    March 27, 2012  |   By NicelyMalicious

    Version: Spider Player 2.5.3

    Pros

    Clean interface, easy to add and remove files/folders and create playlists, all Pro features are now free

    Cons

    Pro features are free because development has stopped, there is no "Sort by Track Number" option, the interface is clean partly because the playlist will only show the title and duration

    Summary

    Development has stopped, so the point is probably moot, but... I used to love Quintessential Player, which doesn't work with Windows 7 Pro and either stopped or stalled development in 2009. I thought I'd found something comparable in Spider Player. It doesn't have the extensive tag editing capabilities of QP, but I'd long since downloaded a batch tag processor. I was ready to start using it today when I realized I can't sort by track number - I can't even view the track numbers unless I look at Properties. Maybe I'm missing something, but I looked through all the options and found nothing, even though the tag editing window does allow for editing of the track number. It's still a good player if you want to shuffle or sort alphabetically, and it's lightweight so I may use it for writing closed caption files for videos, but I cannot imagine why anyone would create a player without this sort option. My search for a Quint replacement continues.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesume Audio Player"

    October 8, 2011  |   By georich3

    Version: Spider Player 2.5.3

    Pros

    After spending a few months trying to get my itunes program to work i finally gave up and started looking my another audio player.So far I have had no issues running this program.

    Cons

    Does not play or stream video other than that no issues

    Summary

    If you are looking for an alternative from itunes i would download this program.
    I am also considering cancelling my sirius subscription as I have found another way to listen to music over the internet which for the most part is 99% commercial free.Most of all of the available genres are there as well.Would highly recommend this program to anyone.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great music player"

    September 26, 2011  |   By vbomber1

    Version: Spider Player 2.5.3

    Pros

    Very user friendly,the sound is top notch ,lots of skins to play with.

    Cons

    None if you just want a simple music player.

    Summary

    Simple and easy to use with a great sound that puts others to shame

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Superior Audio"

    August 7, 2011  |   By Jack2John

    Version: Spider Player 2.5.3

    Pros

    Audio crisp, clean and unparalleled.

    Cons

    Could use better (updated) skins.

    Summary

    Have used most Players out there and this product has proven to be the best.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Looks nice"

    June 6, 2011  |   By teohyuanhui

    Version: Spider Player 2.5.3

    Pros

    clean interface

    Cons

    lyrics doesn't seem to work, and no option to manually search for lyrics or supply own lyrics.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Quality Program"

    May 17, 2011  |   By wario235

    Version: Spider Player 2.5.3

    Pros

    Clear and easy to use, excellent sound quality, skinable

    Cons

    Froze on Windows 7 once

    Summary

    Love it

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent Audio player not media player"

    April 9, 2011  |   By viviencaloy

    Version: Spider Player 2.5.3

    Pros

    Nice Interface design, ripper, converter, audio streaming, ease of use, and clarity of sound undeniable.

    Cons

    Recording of stations it says click into one single track don't split into one track. and did not click I've notice at the end of the track song there is a glitch or the first intro of the next track.

    Summary

    If the software maker update a new version there is an improvement in recording station (single or split type). Unfortunately the maker stop updating the software and another thing when you say media player it can play dvd, avi, mp4 movies. Anyway I love this player.

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