AIMP is a popular music player that looks and behaves in many regards as Winamp, one of the most popular music players of all times for Windows.
AIMP 4.5 was released on October 30, 2017, and it is a new major update for the music player. The previous stable version, AIMP 4.13 was released in February of 2017, and work began on the new version of the player right after the release of that version in February.
First the basics: AIMP 4.5 is available for download on the official website. It supports all versions of Windows starting with Windows Vista, and may be installed on the system or used as a portable player (the choice is displayed during setup).
The new version of the music player introduces new features and improvements to existing ones. Windows users with 4K monitors and users who use a setup with multiple monitors that use different DPI will benefit from the update for instance. AIMP 4.5 supports 4K monitors and monitors with different DPI so that display issues should be a thing of the past after the installation of the new version.
The player engine received several improvements as well. The player includes decoders for WebM and Matroska audio formats, support for MKA, AA3, AT3, OMA and Youtube file formats, and support for LRC and SRT lyrics file formats.
Several playback improvements have been implemented as well. AIMP 4.5 users find new "restore playback position for each playlist", "jump 5 seconds back on start if playback is paused for more than 15 seconds", and "jump to next track on deleting playing file from playlist" options
You find all three options under Preferences > Player > Automatic. None are enabled by default; the first two are listed in the common section, the last in the "on deleting playing file" menu.
The program's built-in tag editor for audio tags can be used to download lyrics from the Internet in AIMP 4.5. This requires additional plugins, but may make things a lot easier for users who use the tag editing capabilities of AIMP.
The development team added new tag fields to the tag editor as well: it supports lyricist, mood, conductor, catalog, compilation, ISRC, rating and encoder tags now.
AIMP 4.5's audio decoder has two new options as well. While there have not been any changes to the actual conversion process, users of the player may configure it to terminate the program after the conversion, and to show statistics of the conversion job.
The media player's music library is the last big feature that has been improved in the new AIMP version. It comes with a new database engine that improves performance significantly -- the developers state it improves performance by the factor 10.
The player supports the new tag fields that were added to the tag editor, and it comes with a couple of smaller options like the option to customize list of fields for grouping, or to reset the stats of selected files.
AIMP 4.5 is a well designed media player for Windows that comes with a lot of features in a small package. The new version improves the player further without taking away any functionality.
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