If you are sick of iTunes or Windows Media Player because they’re bulky and won’t play certain formats, then it’s time to look for another player. Today we take a look at Foobar2000 which is light on system resources, extremely configurable, and plays several types of music format.
Foobar2000 is a great music player for the geek who wants a light player that they can tweak the heck out of to their liking. The installer is only a 1.6 MB download but packs a lot of power. Features include gapless playback, ReplayGain support, ripping CDs, customizable interface, open component architecture and a lot more. It supports FLAC, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV, WMA, AIFF, and other music formats.
Installation is straight-forward following the install wizard and you can go for the standard or portable version.
When you initially set it up or at anytime after you can go through the quick appearance setup feature to change the look and feel how you like it.
The player is easy to navigate and with a component plugin like Columns UI has all of the features you would expect from most players out there today.
You can find a bunch of different plugin components that have been created by different developers over the years as the project has grown. There are plugins for appearance, tagging, CD burning, and even an iPod manager. Virtually any function you might want, someone has created a plugin. To use the plugin components, download the zip file and extract the DLL file into the Foobar2000 components folder.
One of the must have components is Columns UI that lets you customize the interface in several ways.
Depending on the layout you can get tabbed or dropdown playlist features.
It also includes the ability to convert your music files to different formats. Just right click on a song and select Convert.
Now you can go through and choose the format you want to convert it to and add select between several settings and effects options.
An EQ is included for you to tweak the sound how you like it, and you can save your own presets.
If you are a Keyboard Ninja you’ll like the customizable shortcuts.
Going through your library is easy with the search feature.
Foobar2000 is a cool player for a music loving computer geek who wants to tweak every aspect of their player. If you’re a fan of foobar2000 or just started using it, leave us a comment and let us about it.
Programmer by day, geek by night, The Geek, also known as Lowell Heddings, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 11/4/09