Foobar2000 is a lightweight audio player with a clean and simplistic aspect, for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full Unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats. The program has a minimalist interface, which you can customize according to how you want to organize and view your media library. As Foobar2000 notes on its site, this is an "advanced" media player, meaning that it isn't as user-friendly as iTunes. In terms of audio quality, however, it is superior to the ubiquitous player. Foobar2000 is developed by Peter Pawlowski, a former freelance contractor for AOL Winamp.
What's new in foobar2000 version 1.3.4:
Fixed problems with accessing very long file names on network shares.
Fixed incorrect display of converter tag transfer option state in the converter setup dialog.
Improved compatibility with malformed ID3v2 tags.
Added option to prevent hard disk sleep while playing [Advanced Preferences].
Fixed performance issues with Matroska file reading (1.3 regression).
Fixed Converter problems with ripping CD to single file with chapters (1.3 regression).
Added an option to suppress startup dialog about bad last shutdown.
Updated FFmpeg to 2.4.1 [beta 4].
Updated FLAC code to the latest git (as of 2014-10-07), with bug fixes and speedups [beta 5].
Fixed a very old and very bad Matroska tag writing bug [1.3.4 final].
Now using RAR source directly with own patches, just like previous foobar2000 versions did [beta 4].
Added support for RAR5 format.
Latest version: 1.3.4 (09 Oct 2014)
System requirements: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/8
Download: foobar.exe (3.7 MB)
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