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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 !