Zinf playing an audio file
|Initial release||July 2, 2002|
|Stable release||2.2.5 (February 17, 2004[±])|
|Preview release||none [±]|
Zinf can play sound files in MP3, Vorbis, and WAV formats, among others. It supports skins and is part of the MusicBrainz network. The player features an optimized version of the Xing MPEG decoder, a powerful music browser and playlist editor, and a built in download manager which supports downloading files from sites using the RMP (RealJukebox) download process. Zinf was also notable for handling all audio files based on their metadata (Author, Album, Song Title), and hiding more-technical details like actual locations and file names (but these features are now standard in many players).
In January 2001, after 2 years of funding the project EMusic pulled their support, and subsequently fired the developers. The Zinf project was unable to find another sponsor, and development slowed greatly. The most recent release was made in early 2004. As of 2008, nearly all development of Zinf has ceased.
Once a popular open-source Linux audio player, it has now been largely surpassed by newcomers such as Audacious, Amarok, Exaile, Banshee and (more recently) Songbird. This is largely because Zinf has not seen an official new release since early 2004, and many new features that are now standard in rival players have not been implemented; such as cover art and lyric support.
It is also worth noting that sometime in 2010 the zinf.com website was bought by a domain squatter for the purpose of capitalizing on the site's traffic for monetary gains. A new link called "QnA" and "Ads" are now visible on the zinf.com website that is nothing more than a redirect to the squatter's money generation site. The binaries for the player are now a likely source of spyware/adware although at the time of this writing that has not happened. But history has shown that these types of buyouts always end in the binary of an application being modified for the worse rather than the better. This was a part of the XMMS.org takeover which is described here: http://tobias.hieta.se/2010/04/28/what-ever-happened-to-xmms-org
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- FreeAmp becomes Zinf!
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- EMusic and Relatable Team to Offer Open Source Audio
- Important project update