AIMP 3.20 music player released

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 18, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

AIMP is my music player of choice right now, because it is everything that Winamp used to be back in the days. Regular readers of the site may see a trend here: whenever great software becomes bloated, I kick it from my system to replace it with leaner and often times as good or even better software.

Well, Winamp had to go after Winamp lite was not really on AOL's agenda anymore, and AIMP got in. The music player offers everything that you can possibly want from a player. Several player interface, support for all major audio formats right out of the box including mp3, aac, flac, pgg, xm, and midi, plugin engine, multi-user mode support, hotkeys, 32 bit audio processing and a lot more.

Nothing beats Beethoven on a Sunday morning


What I personally like about the player is that it is lightweight in terms of memory usage, that it ships with an Internet Radio browser, and that it offers dozens of smaller features and settings that you can use if you want, but do not have to. This includes for instance the built-in tag editor, the audio library and converter.

AIMP 3.20 has been released on Friday. It is more of an under-the-hood update than an update that introduces major new features in the client. The following new or improved features are noteworthy:

  • The input file caching algorithm has been improved so that it now uses the disk less frequently than before.
  • Option to view cover art in its original resolution.
  • WASAPI Exclusive support added.
  • Metadata support for Internet Radio stations streaming in ASF format has been improved.
  • Audio Converter can now encode all selected music files to one file (great for audiobooks or podcasts).
  • Files can now be encoded to MusePack.
  • The Scheduler can now be set to wake up the computer, close the player before shutdown and switch the computer to sleep mode.
  • The drawing speed of the skin engine has been improved.
  • OPUS decoder has been added.

A full list of core features updated is available on the official website. There you also find downloads of the program which unfortunately link to file hosting sites only. While that is understandable for a free project without advertisement, it may keep some users from downloading and installing the player. I have verified that the player is clean on Virustotal (0/42 result).

If you are fed up with your current music player, I suggest you give AIMP a try. You can run it in portable mode first to see if it fits the bill before you replace your old player with it.


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  1. Lowlander said on November 20, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Re: Dan
    I am aware of that adjustment, but if any thing above 10000 (10sec) is inserted it jumps back to 10sec (seems to hit a limit) and I have tried it over the years on a number of versions (and various machines). In any case I need a permanent OSD. If you are achieving this please tell me how.

  2. co2 said on November 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    aimp is the best.
    but if you want somthing small size and play all audio format try xmplay
    size of that just 360kb
    and its powerfull try that im sure you enjoy
    anyway i choice Aimp

  3. dimitris said on November 19, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Does it have a grecenote recognition engine that analyses all the library tracks and plays similar tracks every time i choose?

    I have yet to find another player (except winamp) that does that.

  4. Seban said on November 19, 2012 at 4:28 am

    @ Ray: Didn’t want to convert you. But as a die hard AIMP user, I couldn’t let the ‘maybe won’t stay for long’ comment be uncommented :D

    @ Fokka: Tried foobar2000 or Clementine (the latter is a little more than just a small audio player though)? Maybe they offer what you want (I do not know for sure. Tested them some time ago & liked both, but stayed with AIMP because it has everything I personally need in an Audio Player)

    @Tietze: It does have a Audio Library.

    @Swarfegga: A part of the forum is dedicated to English speaking people, too.

    btw. I’m not associated to the developers in any kind of way, despite the advertising =)

  5. Lowlander said on November 19, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Aimp would be my player except for one trivial detail. The OSD cannot be retained on screen (10sec) as can JetAudio or Winanp with the Toaster Plugin. Might seem unimportant but Listeners are not always near the screen when playing information is required.

    1. Dan said on November 19, 2012 at 4:09 am

      You can specify how long the information bar stays onscreen (in msecs). For instance, you can specify 60,000 msecs to keep it for one minute (60 secs). I’ve tried it just now, it works.

      Go to Preferences > Plugins > Information Bar > Show time and put in your desired display time (1 sec = 1,000 msec).

  6. Radrick said on November 19, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I love it. Been using it for years now. Thanks for the update alert.

  7. Maou said on November 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I still prefer Clementine.
    But i will give it a try.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Tietze said on November 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    It has a Library feature?
    If don’t, I’m passing out…

  9. lainiwaku said on November 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    why use it ???
    vlc can already play music !

  10. swarfega said on November 18, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I have been using this great player for a long time now. I just wish they’d change the language on their website and forums to english. They would get a lot more people using the player then.

    1. Chris said on November 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      If you are referring to this page:

      click the “EN” on the right side of the orange bar for English. ;)

  11. Chris said on November 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    FileHippo, SnapFiles and Major Geeks all host AIMP3 downloads locally.

  12. fokka said on November 18, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    does anyone know a smallish player which has simple tone adjustment with a treble and a bass knob?

    i’ve been using winamp for ages and i’m quite happy with it, often i don’t wanna mess with the 10-band-eq, just to tune the sound a little more to my linking. i’m also not a fan of the presets, since i’d have to try out a dozen or so to find one that doesn’t sound like crap.

    i’ve searches for plugins for winamp and even aimp recently, no luck.

    any ideas?

  13. Seban said on November 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Maybe you missed it, but the Iron Curtain fell 20+ years ago :p

    AIMP exists since 2006 and will be there for a looong time, because it is awesome

    Thanks for the info Martin

    1. Ray said on November 19, 2012 at 4:03 am

      Agreed that AIMP has been here for a bit of time – since 2006. But Winamp has been running the show since 1998.

      Also I have got some plugins working on Winamp such as Enhancer and Maiko WASAPI output (although AIMP offers similar ability) which would be hard to find on AIMP ( smaller community of users, russian/english users).

      I have no prejudice against russian developers since I use Kaspersky. But I am a die hard Winamp fan :)

  14. Dan said on November 18, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I’ve updated it just now. I wish its audio encoder would support AAC/M4A,

  15. Ray said on November 18, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Thanks for that. I still prefer using Winamp. If you customize installation, you can avoid most of the bloat. AIMP makes me uneasy because of the russian origin. It might not be there for too long – I can’t trust that. Plus I have got DSP plugins which work for Winamp and not for AIMP

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