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foobar2000

foobar2000 is an advanced multi-platform freeware audio player.

  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Android
  • iPhone
  • Android Tablet
  • iPad
Avg rating of 4.4 (33)| 58 comments
Foobar custom.
Customized with the Columns UI plugin.
Foobar custom.
Foobar untouched.
Customized with the Facets UI plugin.
Custom theme created in Layout Editing Mode
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foobar2000 Features

  1.  Lightweightfoobar2000 consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
  2.  Extensible by Plugins/Extensionsfoobar2000 can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
  3.  Dark Modefoobar2000 supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
  4.  Portablefoobar2000 can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
  5.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of foobar2000.

foobar2000 information

  • Developed byPeter Pawlowski
  • LicensingProprietary and Free product.
  • RatingAverage rating of 4.4 (33 ratings)
  • Alternatives165 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

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Our users have written 58 comments and reviews about foobar2000, and it has gotten 1434 likes

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ElectricKeet
  
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foobar2000 is [ wonderful / terrible ] because its [ spartan | outdated ] interface and [ versatile | obscure ] functionality are miles [ ahead | behind ] anything else available for Windows.

It's possibly best to think of foobar2000 as a sort of server rack that happens to come pre-assembled with some standard components. You can open the box, stand it up, plug it in, turn on the master switch, and play back common music files in a basic playlist. It will not impress anyone, but then again, server racks generally aren't meant to.

On the other hand, you can dig into the components that are included, assemble them as desired, and fine-tune them in ways that no other music player can lay claim to. This still won't impress anyone just looking for another iTunes or Winamp clone, but if you want to bridge all sorts of functionality that no other single system can manage, visual aesthetics aren't the priority anyhow. (Heck, if you're like me, you just might prefer the understated, resource-light look instead of all those Playskool busy-boxes out there. There's my bias, and I'll own it.)

With foobar2000 and third-party components, I've been able to:

  • freely explore hundreds of videogame music data formats,
  • play back files from basically the entire history of sound encoding, lossless and lossy both,
  • set up a UPnP service to make my organised music library browsable and playable on any system on my network, including my Xbox 360 (back when I used it),
  • mass-edit file tags,
  • install plugins to alter the sound to work best with various output configurations, from the most basic stereo headphone playback all the way to full 5.1 surround effects, and
  • fill a playlist with original Nintendo game music data files, equalise their volume, add a hint of stereo reverb, grab accurate tag information, and render it all to lossless audio files stored in a logical directory structure on a networked system, simultaneously registering them in my music library so I can browse through them and listenm them them remotely via a compressed stream.... all within minutes, and fully automated (save for desired confirmation dialogs, natch).

That having been said, there are negatives:

  • The core program code is closed. This is the same evolutionary dead-end that's killed so many other programs in the same space.
  • The developers have an unnatural love of undocumented proprietary formats for configuration and playlists. The stated reason is to keep developers of third-party components from not bothering to comply with the unified configuration UI, but all it's done is force workarounds and prevent advanced troubleshooting.
  • As the program evolved toward version one-point-zero (it's at v1.3.15 as of this writing) the internals changed dramatically, meaning a whole slew of old plugins stopped working in part or in full because their developers never went back to update them.
  • Visualisations come in two flavours: exceedingly basic, or dubiously bridged via an unstable Winamp plugin bridge that hasn't been updated since before Windows 7 came out.

The long and short is this: If you just want something simple and glossy that'll play your haphazard MP3 library, foobar2000 isn't what you're looking for. If you want something that can be (mostly) bent to your will and sculpted into a personalised music conversion-and-playback powerhouse, the effort in setting all that up will be rewarded in full.

[Edited by ElectricKeet, April 15]

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jommedox5

"The core program code is closed. This is the same evolutionary dead-end that's killed so many other programs in the same space."

Clementine is opensource. Guess what. There are still bugs and issue's in the code that date back to 2012 and never get solved. So that's hardly an argument.

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salvadormoraleslen
  
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I love Foobar for its HIGHLY customization that iTunes or Windows Mierdas Player did not give to me. I mean, why I want a lot of sections on a MP3 player. What I can do with Foobar it is:

-having the MP3 playing and the lyrics at the same time without clicking on properties; -edit the IDTAG of the MP3 directly from the player as previous, and I do that a lot; -having all the sections i want in a single window with tabs so I go faster to my destination; -adding all kinds of metadata, live, language, mood (at night, morning mood...) whatever you use; -organize my library by Genre, Style, even Mood or Language, if you like that kind of thing and LOVE music Foobar is for you.

The only thing is that to have a full experience you can not be a beginner on Google search or PC, etc., you must have a little experience on both. The only thing I know is that when I discovered Foobar I uninstalled iTunes and even Windows Mierdas Player from my PC saving me a lot of hard disk space and headaches because iTunes crashed a lot and Windows Mierdas Player almost every week had to search again my library.

To close this review in my opinion if you like heavy interfaces and beauty ones Foobar is not for you. > With Foobar the simple the better.

My custimozed Foobar

Tabs section

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Bitchomp
  
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Foobar2000 is arguably the best music player on any platform.

The GUI is hideous, it can be made slightly less hideous with arduous tweaking. There used to be plugins to do literally anything, but those no longer work. It used to be possible to instantly search though all the lyrics in your library, but the developer decided that was not cool, so they removed it. To enable that requires some obscure hacks that I cannot find anymore.

The source code is closed, and the developer, being a moron, makes idiotic decisions.

Good programs like this are a cancer, they stifle innovation because nobody wants to write the whole damn thing from scratch, and they block the possibility for incremental improvement because nobody can fork or contribute to the project.

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Sicarii

You do know you can load skins, there are hundreds of them too, from http://customize.org/foobar or http://foobarskins.com/ for example, and all the plugins I uploaded work, so I think it's your problem really.

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Bitchomp

Most of those skins depend on the Panels UI component which has not been supported for years. If you only use older versions of Foobar2000, then some things can be better.

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jommedox5

Bitchomp, do you know what you are talking about? If you you want an example program where everybody and his mother could work on, then you can download Clementine, Strawberry and the likes... The crème-de-la-crème of that brilliant opensource community where you are talking about. Good luck with that. I'm glad that foobar is closed so morons like you can't help already good software to pieces with their "fantastic" and "innovative" ideas. So shut the f* up, install the development tools, and get 5 to 10 years old bugs out of Clementine. Then will see how innovative you are!

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jommedox5
  
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After playing around with Clementine and strawberry, both full of bugs and lack of features I came, thanks to alt.to, across to foobar2000. Finally in a few click I get the things I wanted. Making playlists and a working remote controle from my smarthone.

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bonepyramid
  
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all that you need is what its got and you can make what you want of it and make the most of it too. its foobar, a genuinely customizable music player. if you've had to follow instructions for putting together furniture out of the packaging then you'll find yourself funnily familiar with this application.

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jjj42
  
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Most versatile player out there. Prevents me from switching to Linux. :-(( Baaad foobar!

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jjj42
  
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Most versatile, minimalistic, maximalistic player for experts.

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