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foobar2000 1.3.1

foobar2000 Editor's Review

Play, organize and rip your audio collection with this must have Windows application.

If you're like me, music is a big part of your life. Finding the right tool to play it where you want, when you want without having a bunch of junk installed on your computer is important. This is one of the biggest reasons why I like foobar2000. It’s a music player for Windows, and it supports a portable mode.

Foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats including MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, and AIFF.

The app is easily customizable with a custom interface. It contains support for advanced music file tagging and supports gapless playback. The app will also rip audio CD's and convert the files to your format of choice.

App Pro’s: Free, portable

App Con’s: Doesn't sync music with mobile devices

Conclusion: foobar2000 is a really nice music player. Its portable, meaning you can specify why it and all of its configuration file go. When installed in this mode, it can be moved to a USB stick and taken and used on another computer. This is especially helpful if you can't or don't want to install something on a shared PC.

The app is nice, but it doesn't sync with any mobile device like an Android phone or Apple iDevice. Without this type of feature, the app is very outmoded and so very, very 1997. While its portable mode is nice, and some of its visualizations are cool, it seems very much a relic of the past. Nearly every PC sold today comes with some kind of music player. Both Windows Media Player and iTunes are free; and while foobar2000 is as well, they also sync's with portable music players where foobar2000 does not.

What's New in Version 1.3.1 of foobar2000

- ReplayGain scanner component: support for altering loudness of MP4/AAC files
- ID3v2 - improved compatibility with iTunes “release date” tag

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