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CrystalWolf Player

By CrystalWolf Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Dec 18, 2011

As your music collection grows, do you sometimes wish for a simpler media player, not a more complex one? Maybe you prefer to manage your music collection in your own file structure and need a small, fast, yet capable player that doesn't take over your system. Or maybe "simple is better" just makes sense sometimes. CrystalWolf Audio Player covers those bases. It's not a video player, slideshow maker, or media center: it's a free music player optimized for high-quality playback of most audio files, including MP3, WAV, WMA, ACC, OGG, FLAC, and APE. It has a spectrum display, hot keys, and numerous language options, but few unnecessary extras.

CrystalWolf Audio Player's small interface is very plain, which we took as a good sign; there's no lack of skinnable players, there just aren't many skinny ones, and keeping the bells and whistles out of the interface is the way to keep an app fast and agile. Not that CrystalWolf is lacking in the basics: it has a full set of play controls and counters as well as Repeat and Shuffle buttons and a Volume slider. We clicked File, browsed to some tunes, and added them to CrystalWolf's Playlist, which is as plain and simple as the main player. Audio files sounded just fine in CrystalWolf. The small spectral display isn't much use, but it's pretty cool and adds some visual interest.

Under the Settings, we could open a simple ID3 tag tool as well as the General Settings sheet, which includes default file associations and program options, including disabling the spectrum analyzer. The Hotkeys button displayed a list of available hot keys, but you can't change them, so any conflicts will have to be resolved in other apps.

For all the reasons we outlined, CrystalWolf Audio Player is a good choice for anyone looking for a fast, compact, yet capable standalone music player. If you don't need to access online music retailers from your player, and you don't want to play videos with it, and you're tired of music programs that commandeer your files and consume system resources, it might be the answer.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.7

Version 1.7 adds support for new formats, improves support for CUE sheets, updates the sound engine and fixes small problems.

General

Release March 23, 2016
Date Added March 22, 2016
Version 1.7

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 9,775
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

CrystalWolf Audio Player is a completely free audio player that supports MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC, APE, MP4 audio, M4a, M4b, AAC, OGG Vorbis, ALAC, MP1, MP2, MOD, MO3, MPC, WV files 'out of box'. No additional plug-ins are necessary, just drop your music into it and enjoy. You can drag and drop files or folders from Windows Explorer to start playing them. User friendly multilingual interface, full support for Unicode. System wide hot-keys can be used. The player produces high quality sound. On the other hand, it is pretty small and doesn't eat much of system resources.