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  • iTunes icon


    iTunes is the best way to organize and enjoy the music, movies, and TV shows you already have — and shop for the ones you want to get. You can even tune in to free, on-demand music stations that have been totally revamped by our...

    Free Mac Windows iPhone iPad

    • Foobar is highly configurable, iTunes is just a store frontend with an iPod sync, without customization Guest • Jun 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • There is no FLAC and any other convenient lossless formats, except ALAC. Guest • Dec 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • MusicBee icon


    Manage your music as a library, as playlists or as folders on the file-system. Organize, browse and find music on your computer, on portable devices and on the web. Small or large collections are handled with ease. Have folders...

    Free Personal Windows

  • MediaMonkey icon


    MediaMonkey is a music player and a music library manager with support for 50,000+ files and many features for organizing, tagging, converting and burning your music. It also has advanced podcasting and syncing features. MediaMonkey...

    Freemium Windows Android Windows RT

  • Amarok icon


    Amarok is a powerful music player for Linux, Unix and Windows with an intuitive interface. It makes playing the music you love and discovering new music easier than ever before - and it looks good doing it! Features - Scripts ...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD

    • Meant for power users. Has global shortcuts, replay gain and a ton of features. Guest • Apr 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Rhythmbox is an audio player for Linux that plays and organizes digital music. Inspired by Apple's iTunes, it is free software that is designed to work well under the...

    Open Source Linux BSD

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  • Banshee icon


    Play your music and videos. Stay entertained and up to date with podcasts and video podcasts. Discover new music with radio. Sync your G1 phone, iPod, and other devices.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    • Discontinued No new releases and features since 2014. Latest versions, 2.6.2 (stable) and 2.9.1 (development), released in February and March 2014, are still working and can be downloaded from the official website.
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    DeaDBeeF is a lightweight graphical music player created for easy playback of music and management of playlists. It supports major audio codecs and tags, global hotkeys, gapless playback, streaming audio, command line control, and has...

    Open Source Linux Android BSD Xfce

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    Quod Libet

    A extensible Music player with Podcast support, web radio, playlists and many more. As it is written in Python, writing new plug-ins is really easy.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Debian Xfce

  • XMPlay icon


    A tiny and portable audio player. With a size of about 280 KiB it plays OGG, MP3, audio CDs, WMA and several less used formats like XM, IT, MOD, UMX and others. Furthermore it supports a wide range of plugins, skins and...

    Free Windows

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    An open-source jukebox for large collections of mp3/ Vorbis / FLAC / mpc/ape files, written in perl. Its made with big (> 10,000 songs) libraries in mind. Features include: plugin system, customizable weighted random mode...

    Open Source Linux

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    1by1 is a small, fast and handy audio player which is not only small: it provides a smart and versatile environment to handle your file collection and listen to your tracks - with no need for playlists or databases. Features ...

    Free Windows Linux Android

  • aTunes icon


    aTunes is a full-featured audio player and manager, developed in Java programming language, so it can be executed on different platforms: Windows, Linux and Unix-like systems. A skinnable java alternative to iTunes (similar...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    • Discontinued last update: 22. June 2014
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    Exaile is a music manager and player for GTK+ written in Python. It incorporates automatic fetching of album art, handling of large libraries, lyrics fetching, artist/album information via Wikipedia, submission support, and...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD Xfce

  • Foobnix icon


    Foobnix audio player for Linux, Windows and Android. Main features player Support for CUE (also wv, iso.wv) is the best under Linux (zavlab); Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack...

    Open Source Windows Linux Android Xfce

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  • Winyl icon


    Winyl is a free digital audio player and music library application for organizing and playing audio on Windows. Winyl offers great new ways to organize and enjoy all your music. Listen to music and radio, rate your favorite tracks...

    Free Windows

  • Zune Software icon

    Zune Software

    Zune Software is a full media player application with a library, an interface to the Zune Marketplace, and as a media streaming server. It's a software for the Zune media player from Microsoft. Works as a stand alone media player...

    Free Windows Windows RT Windows Phone

    • Discontinued “Zune Marketplace no longer supports rental and purchase. Xbox Music and Xbox Video are now Microsoft’s music and video stores.”
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    Quintessential Media Player

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    Free Windows

  • Noise icon


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    Open Source Linux

  • MOC icon


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    Open Source Linux Xfce

  • Musique icon


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    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    GOM Audio

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    Free Windows

  • RollingTune icon


    Listen Online your Favorite Tunes Totally free and legal. Search for a group, listen, share, add playlists, listen radios, find lyrics. You can even watch the video or download the mp3.

    Free Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android Chrome OS Kindle Fire

  • Swinsian icon


    Swinsian is a simple music player dedicated to managing music, without the complexity of ebooks, apps, online stores, T.V. shows and movies, with support for formats such as FLAC and Ogg Vorbis, and a simpler interface that fits in...

    Commercial Mac

  • JRiver Media Center icon

    JRiver Media Center

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    Commercial Mac Windows

foobar2000 Comments

Install the ColumnsUI component otherwise the UI is awful

Positive Comment by charlesgoodwin
about foobar2000 Aug 2016

ColumnsUI is available here:

I only found out about this more or less by chance - frustration at the awful UI so browsing the extra components list - but really this should be the default UI.


Very good

Comment by chachu23
about foobar2000 Aug 2015

It's a very good player....... it's almost what i was looking for.... i really like it, it's so customizable, i just want a notification system to next update xD


great software

Positive Comment by dontreallycare
about foobar2000 Oct 2013

If you want to make sure your flac's are real this program works. You can open the spectrogram full screen. You can change the colors. And everything. I just realized everything I'm typing is useless and it's late. actually early. like 4 AM. course I didn't wake up until 4PM.

I'm going to try to sleep.

foobar is cool.

This disposable account on a site I've never visited before will self destruct when you finish reading this.


Good Converter

Positive Comment by impossible
about foobar2000 Aug 2013

I use this to convert my Flac. files to Mp3. It works as a player as well but I use VLC for that


for converting m4b

Positive Comment by mandrael
about foobar2000 Apr 2013

Converting Audiobooks m4b:

Alternative: xrecode;
converts m4b to one mp3/chapter


Why all the hype?

Negative Comment by LukaD
about foobar2000 and Aqualung Jul 2012

I seriously don't get it. It's closed source and it runs on Windows only.
Sure, it does a good job playing music and is heavily customizable but that doesn't make your music files sound any better...

I'd rather use something more simplistic like Aqualung.


Searched in vain to find a worthy replacement

Positive Comment by curt
about foobar2000 Dec 2011

I've been using Foobar2000 for a few years now, but unfortunately the lack of a Linux version led me to search for an alternative player that would work in Window & Linux. I can't find anything to match it. There are so many features of Foobar that I miss in other players: stable sorting, custom fields (codec, BPM, anything), replay gain, file operations, and so on. Admittedly Foobar isn't perfect out-of-the-box, but for anyone prepared to invest a bit of time setting up their ideal music player environment, Foobar2000 beats them all. (Plus, it isn't trying to be an iTunes clone!)


Good player, but...

Comment by RkG
about foobar2000 and Music Player Daemon Oct 2011

nothing beats the low memory footprint and versatility of MPD. And now it runs in Windows too!


Far and away the best audio player/music library organizer ...

Comment by SaltyMarshmellow
about foobar2000 Jun 2011

Far and away the best audio player/music library organizer out there. I have yet to find an audio format that was not supported natively or by a simple "installation" (just drag' n' drop into the 'components' folder) of one of the many optional components (Like Ipod management and such) that the active and friendly community created.
And just in case you did not want to deal with the "steep learning curve," there are a number of quick setup options to choose from. Also the "layout editing mode" where you can adjust the User Interface in real-time is fantastic.
Although it is, sadly, not open-source, it does have a VERY expansive SDK (Software Development Kit).

Fast, light-weight, and downright elegant, I honestly can't sing it's praises enough.


DeadBeef is a foobar-clone for Linux Distros ,there is also ...

Comment by SSStylish
about foobar2000 Jun 2011

DeadBeef is a foobar-clone for Linux Distros ,there is also another alternative Foobnix :D


Lightweight, it features all I need (keyboard shortcuts, in ...

Comment by xxavx
about foobar2000 Jun 2011

Lightweight, it features all I need (keyboard shortcuts, intuitive playlist, never crashes.


Insanely customizable and with no doubt the best music play ...

Comment by elephantphone
about foobar2000 Jun 2011

Insanely customizable and with no doubt the best music player out there. To bad there's no linux version.


Extremely lightweight, feature-rich and runs great even on ...

Comment by CJBrowne
about foobar2000 Jun 2011

Extremely lightweight, feature-rich and runs great even on ancient hardware. Only problem I have with it is the lack of source code which for ethical and security reasons puts me off.


Been using winamp and WMP for long time,until i found Fooba ...

Comment by SSStylish
about foobar2000 Jun 2011

Been using winamp and WMP for long time,until i found Foobar.Haven't switched to winamp since.Also beats winamp in every aspect :D
Just Beautiful !