From Spacejock Software:
yPlay is a freeware MP3, Ogg*, WMA, WAV, FLAC* and Midi player with multiple playlists and a light, clean interface. But why did I write it when there are other free mp3 and ogg music playing software programs out there already?
First, I find too many music players have tiny, ambiguous controls and overly complicated menu structures. I want computer programs to look like computer programs so I can quickly work out how to use them. If I want something that looks like a piece of hardware, I'll buy the hardware instead.
Even worse, many players are the digital equivalent of having your teenage kids move back home. They take over your computer, leave odd things all over the place, and you never know exactly what they're doing behind your back.
Finally, as computers have become more and more powerful, media players have become more and more power-hungry. I'm only interested in quickly finding and playing a particular track or playlist, not swirly pictures and virtual lava lamps. yPlay has a filter built into the main screen - type in part of the title or artist and the list will only display matching tracks. Double-click the track you want, close the player to the system tray and forget about it. And if you don't feel like listening to the next track, the system tray icon has a right-click menu with skip, pause, play, etc built right into it. (I got a big surprise the other day - I dragged an MPG file onto the yPlay files list and it started to play - as a video. Not officially supported, but the progress bar works on those too.)
What's new in this version:
- No longer insists on a junk folder being defined.
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All versions:3.5 stars
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Current version:5.0 stars
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"Does just what I need it to, not bloated like the rest."
Version: yPlay 1.0.76
Very lightweight. Unlike most media players with searchable playlists, it runs great on older machines.
Might be nice if you could search by Album, Artist, or Title, but the simple all encompassing filter function is perfectly adequate for my needs.
It runs just fine on an older computer and it has a searchable playlist which is exactly what I needed. The machine I'm using it on is an ancient 300mhz Pentium II laptop with a DVD drive that I had laying around. Because it has a DVD drive I figured it would make an excellent in car entertainment center, and along with being able to play the DVDs I figured it would be nice to be able to use it as a big keyboard equipped MP3 player as well. yPlay is a simple lightweight program that allows me to do just that, and it does it flawlessly. So if you need a good mp3 playing application with a search function for an older machine it's perfect. If you want something bloated with pretty graphics, look elsewhere.