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I always look for software that has a footprint smaller than what is offered from the standard software for folks on the market. For instance, I use Foxit rather than the Adobe Reader as the software download for this is 1mb rather than 80mb and hardly has anything running on your machine while Adobe Reader (IMHO) is spyware/junkware.

I am a complete audio junkie or audiophile (as some call it) and I have never been 100% happy with the standard Windows Media Player. It is a fine piece of software for most occasions, but I didn’t like how it organized my music and it didn’t provide much information on what was being played. The big focus seemed to be on a center screen that showed a light show or something with your music – something I could really care less about.

One day I found foobar2000 and decided to give this a try.


The download for this is only 3mb and running on my machine, it was only using 10mb of memory. Not bad. When I run Windows Media Player – it consumes 50mb of memory on my Windows 7 machine.

For the audio geek, when you play songs, you also can get a ton of information on what you are playing. For instance, at the bottom, you will constantly see the bit rate that is being played (it changes from moment to moment):


You also have a lot of details about the song selected:


Some of the bad about this software is that the default install has a pretty poor layout and it takes a lot of fiddling to get the items you want displayed. You can really customize the layout of this thing and there is a small third party market of add-ons for foobar2000 as you will see from their site. I changed the color, added the Album art section and added some extra pieces in the upper toolbar. Once you set this up – every time you open foobar2000, it will maintain the same layout. The other bad part is that there is no exporting of the settings – so you have to copy over the layouts by copying over the files from the Program Files folder of the application.

You point to a Music folder and you can organize your music in the following ways:


Another nice setting is to easily change how your playlists are played:


The great thing also is that this player supports a ton of audio formats including MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, and SND. You can also support more formats with some additional add-ons.

I’ve tried a lot of different audio players and this one, though not perfect, has been my favorite for a lot of reasons.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 12:41 AM | Back to top

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Foobar2000 is not for everyone, that's for sure. But most people using it seem to think the limitless customization is its best feature! Agreed, a good way to quickly keep your home and work layouts/settings/components in sync would be great. Anyone who is done with pretty pictures and animations, at the expense of music, being the focus of their music player is ready for fb2k. I don't sit and look at my audio player, I make it go away and listen to music, and for that, foobar is absolutely perfect.
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