foobar2000 is a freeware audio player, and more. Apart from audio playback, it also supports media libraries, file conversion, CD ripping, and many more powerful features.
- Powerful open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player (even user interface is a component)
- Full Unicode support
- Replay Gain support
- Gapless playback
- Low memory footprint
- Efficient handling of really large playlists (HA.org)
- Music library
- Advanced tagging capabilities. (generic file info box and masstagger)
- Customizable keyboard shortcuts
- Streaming Support
- Support for transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component (requires external commandline encoder executables for different output formats).
- Secure CD ripping
- Default User Interface
Supported Audio Formats
Native Support ("out-of-the-box"):
- MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, Musepack, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC / Ogg FLAC, Speex, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, AU, SND, CDDA, WMA.
Supported through plug-ins:
- TTA, Monkey's Audio, ALAC, MOD, SPC, TFMX, Shorten, OptimFROG, LPAC, AC3, DTS, PSF, NSF, XID, XA, Matroska, MMS, RSTP, TAK, etc.
In addition, foobar2000 can also play music directly from compressed RAR, ZIP, JMA & LHA archives without requiring the user to extract the files prior to playing.
Foobar2000 has been coded exclusively for the Windows platform with an English interface. The author does not intend to provide alternate language versions nor alternate platform versions. However, several people have had success running foobar2000 on x86 Linux systems by using Wine, although the Columns UI plugin is known to be problematic.
Note All general guides were written for 0.8.3 version and could contain outdated information. For 0.9 version, check out the External Guides below.
Screenshot of foobar2000 v0.9 using the default user interface
|| Peter Pawlowski
| Release information
| Initial release
| Stable release
| Preview release
|| 0.9.5.3 beta 1
| Operating system
| Additional information
|| Media Player
|| Proprietary, BSD