Foobar2000, a music player with much more than you might think

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.

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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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Responses to Foobar2000, a music player with much more than you might think

  1. Thinker September 8, 2007 at 12:35 pm #

    3rd and 4th paragraphs are the same in your news.

    I use foobar 2000 because I have to - after virus infected my system winamp doesn't run any more :(
    And what I can say - winamp is 1000x better.

  2. cc September 8, 2007 at 4:28 pm #

    I'm a Winamp 2.X fan myself. I'm perfectly happy with it and don't really feel the need to switch to another one. Having said that, I do have the Foobar setup in case I ever decide to give it a try.

  3. Jesse September 10, 2007 at 5:36 am #

    Foobar is great for old systems.

  4. Coup September 14, 2007 at 6:04 pm #

    Foobar2000, what can I say. Just start using it and love it. Low on your resources but high in performance. One player that can be customize to anyone needs.

  5. nashaden May 19, 2009 at 11:24 am #

    I've been using foobar2000 for about 5 years or so. Is it better or worse than winamp? I don't know - never used it. Foobar has all i need (and much more) so i'll stick to it.

  6. lesinfox May 22, 2009 at 4:40 pm #

    I tried foobar but was not fully convinced me (i was too used to the way winamp worked). I use XMPlay, which is marvelous and does not install itself (extract and run). Some winamp plugins are also supported. That's worth the look !

  7. Biomancer August 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm #

    I used to be Winamp fan for years, and could not imagine, what else may I need from music player. Then I tried Foobar and it just changed the way I listen the music... Firstly I wanted it to feel and look in a way winamp does, but after some time become totally addicted to foobar itself.
    The main reason, why I like Foobar so much, is it's customizability. It takes some good time to understand how things work there, and how to change them, but after spending that time you are rewarded with player, that behaves in a way _you_ want it to.
    I use "heavyweight" Foobar, with lots additional components and advanced interface, because functionality is a main point for me.
    What I dislike in Foobar is that it's Windows only...

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