Software Music Player AIMP 3 Beta Released

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 21, 2010
Updated • Dec 4, 2012
Software, Windows software

AIMP2 has been my favorite software music player for some time. It replaced several tools that I have used throughout the years, from Winamp Lite over XMPlay to iTunes. AIMP2 had a lot to offer: It was compatible with most music formats out of the box and lightweight enough for even low end PC systems.

The developer of AIMP has just released a first beta of AIMP3, and boy does it look good.

One of the biggest changes in AIMP3 is a completely revamped interface design wise. The controls have remained the same more or less though. New users find many controls in the upper left corner of the play window to configure the extensive settings of the music player.

Major changes that are mentioned on the (Russian) project site are:

  • New style of program and project as a whole
  • Full support for translucent texture covers
  • Own audio engine (the system audio output)
  • Completely reworked music library
  • Full support for ReplayGain

All changes are visible on this page. It is best to use a translation service like Google Translate to navigate the website, unless Russian is one of the languages understood.

The audio library can be filled with music from local hard drives, remote drives, removable drives and playlists. It furthermore offers access to IceCast, ShoutCast and custom Internet radio stations straight from the interface.

The core features are all included in the beta, from recording Internet radio over the cover art downloader and LastFM Scrobbler to the tag editor and alarm clock. Users who spend some time using AIMP3 will find a lot of features that may be very useful for them.

AIMP3 is available for download at the developer site. The site links only to file hosting sites for the download. A scan at Virus Total reported a clean file except for one hit that is likely a false positive.

Users need to select English as the language during installation for an English software interface.


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  1. ulath said on February 7, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Ive been using aimp v2 for many years, and it saddens me that I cannot select songs from the library to play in the player – they now play in the library instead. I will be sticking with v2 for the while.


  2. aerialsky said on January 6, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Winamp Killer! ^0^

    AIMP v3.00 Beta 1 Build 815 is already released

  3. Catweazel said on December 27, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    It’s also worth mentioning that they have finally got WASAPI on AIMP3, which puts it on a par with Foobar now (better in fact, the interface is nicer).

  4. lookmann said on December 23, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    aimp’s advantage was its small size.i regret that with every version update, it is getting bloated. the developer should keep the size in mind.

  5. dzw said on December 23, 2010 at 1:07 am

    I love aimp 2 and have used since the day i found it a year or so ago but i can tell you that i don’t like the looks of that interface.
    alo i have never understood why the big space with the A is there – it seems wasted and i bet itis here too.
    I may have to design my own theme

    1. Duncan said on December 28, 2010 at 6:29 am

      Are you kidding me? The “big A” is an inbuilt visualisation window, try right-clicking it.
      I have (emulated) analog meters running in that section, that come with Aimp.

      Aimp 3 is amazing, however my pc has been locking up recently when I’m away from it and it’s mainly idle – and I think Aimp 3 might be causing this. I expect this bug will be fixed in any of the upcoming releases though since it’s still in beta.

  6. Supertras said on December 22, 2010 at 8:48 pm


  7. Me said on December 22, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Hi. Can You tell me what others players have the fast “Save list” button like WMP12 just above playlist?
    i started using WMP12 and cant live without that feature :)

  8. Dan said on December 22, 2010 at 4:12 am

    I’ve been switching between using Aimp2 and Winamp5 for a few years now. Both are excellent players but have their own annoyances that keeps me from adopting one as my exclusive audio player. I’m on Linux* right now but when I reboot to Windows I’ll give Aimp3 a spin. Thanks for the tip!

    * I’m using Decibel Audio Player because it’s a no-frills GTK+ mp3 player. It loads fast and “just works”.

  9. milithruldur said on December 22, 2010 at 2:51 am

    Thanks Martin.

    And I thought once you land on XMPlay there is no going further. :-) This might be worth something to look into.


  10. Paul(us) said on December 21, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Hoi Martin, do you maybe know or its compatible with flac formats?

    1. Martin said on December 21, 2010 at 8:19 pm

      Yes it is compatible Paulus

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