AIMP 4.0 final for Windows is out

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 16, 2015
Music and Video

The developers of the popular audio player AIMP have released AIMP 4.0 final after pushing out four beta releases and three release candidate builds of the program.

AIMP 4.0 is a major redesign of the player which becomes obvious right away as it ships with a new interface. That's however not that much of a problem for users who prefer the old interface as it is possible to switch to it in the interface.

You can do so with a right-click on the main header bar, and selecting Skins > Pandemic or Pandemic AIO Simple from the context menu.

The new interface requires some getting used to time but it is quite flexible and offers customization options to adjust it to your needs.

AIMP 4.0 review

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One main change built right in the new user interface is the integration of the music library in the main application. You can add local files or folders to AIMP 4 to browse them using the application.

The Music Library has been improved a lot, here is just a quick list of features that I find the most interesting:

  • Improved support for network files.
  • Option to find misplaced files automatically and to delete non-existent files.
  • Holding down Ctrl-key to scroll faster.
  • Better sorting and column options.

The new version of the music player features a lot more than just a redesigned interface though. The plugin API has been updated, and several plugins are already available by default. This includes new scheduler options to set a sleep timer.

aimp 4.0 classic interface

AIMP ships with several tools that let you work with audio files. These tools, the Tag Editor and Audio Converter for instance, have been updated as well with new options.

The Tag Editor for instance allows you to copy or paste album art images to or from the clipboard, supports multiple values for ID3v2, APEv2, Vorbis Comments and M4A tag formats, and a new option to select all types of tags by one click.

Playlists have improved in AIMP 4.0. There is a new find in music library command to find music quickly as well as improved quick search, new smart playlists features that let you build playlists based on your selection, and performance has been improved significantly as well.

What else? You can limit the number of connection retries to Internet radio stations now, new macros have been added and some modified, and the sound engine supports the 352.8 KHz sample rate.

A detailed log of all changes, including those in beta and release candidate builds, is available on the official AIMP website. Downloads are provided on it as well.

In related news, AIMP 2.0 for Android has been released as well.

Closing Words

AIMP 4.0 is a great music player with a great set of features that go well beyond playing music. While that is great for users who want a full music player for Windows, others may prefer a lightweight solution or use a media player to play all media files instead.

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer a dedicated music player over media players that can play music as well as dedicated players offer better playback options usually.

Now You: Which program do you use to play music on your computer?

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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