Foobar2000 is a music player that is very lightweight and simple to use when you first install it. Some people find this perfect as the interface is very clean and you don't have all kinds of things in the user interface that you will not use anyway.
But others want the music player they use to look more modern, or they want a certain feature to be available.
Most people who first start using foobar2000 don't know that it also provides these options, and that you can have a music player that is able to beat most others when it comes to looks and options.
Foobar2000 has an extension system called components, which come in the form of dll files. These components are easily installed by copying them into the components directory of your Foobar2000 directory, after this you need to start/restart Foobar2000 and you can use them.
Foobar2000 has an extension system called components, which come in the form of dll files.
These components are easily installed by copying them into the components directory of your Foobar2000 directory, after this you need to start/restart Foobar2000 and you can use them.
There are components such as "Decoding speed test" which tests the decoding speed, to "Panels UI" which is able to change the entire look and feel of Foobar2000.
You can find several "configs" for Foobar2000 on the internet, Fooblog has a list of a few of them. They often list the required (and optional) components needed but if this is not the case you can find them in the readme files of the config.
Many of the required components can be found in the Hydrogen audio wiki, they have a list of the components available for the Foobar2000 0.9 release.
After you installed the components you need to follow the instructions on which files to copy and where they should go, then you need to restart Foobar2000 and with a few clicks you have a music player that looks nothing like the one you started with.
As i mentioned before, components are not only used to change the look but they can also do much more, it even has an component for lyrics.
So if you like Foobar2000 be sure to look through the list at the Hydrogen audio wiki for other components that you might like, and be sure to amaze your friends with your music player.
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