Sample interface of one of 1.3.9's layouts
|Initial release||20 December 2002|
|Stable release||1.3.9 (November 2, 2015) [±]|
|Preview release||1.3.9 beta 5 (October 26, 2015) [±]|
|Operating system||Windows XP SP2 and later|
SDK: BSD (3 clause)
foobar2000 is a freeware audio player for Windows developed by Piotr Pawlowski, a former freelance contractor for Nullsoft. It is known for its highly modular design, breadth of features, and extensive user flexibility in configuration. For example, the user-interface is completely customizable. Its extensive SDK (Software development kit) allows third-party developers enough power to completely replace the interface. foobar2000 supports a large number of audio file formats, has many features for organising metadata, files, and folders, and has a converter interface for use with command line encoders. To maximize audio fidelity in cases where resampling or downscaling in bit depth is required, it provides noise shaping and dithering. There are a number of official and third-party components which add many additional features. The core is closed source, whereas the SDK is licensed under the Three-Clause BSD license.
Since version 0.9.5, foobar2000 supports Windows XP SP2/SP3 and later releases only. This version features a revamped default interface, with embedded support for album list, album art, spectrum visualization, and some other features and improvements.
- Several audio formats supported natively: MP1, MP2, MP3, MPC, AAC, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC / Ogg FLAC, ALAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, AU, SND, CD, Speex, and Opus
- Customizable user interface layout
- Advanced tagging capabilities
- Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding of all supported audio formats using the Converter component
- ReplayGain support—both playback and calculation
- Gapless playback support
- Support for DSP effects such as equalization and crossfade
- Customizable keyboard shortcuts
- Media Library with automated folder watching
- Built-in Windows Media streaming
- Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player
- Ability to read within ZIP, GZIP, and RAR archives
- Additional audio format support: APE, HDCD, AC3, DTS, SACD, or DVD-Audio
- Playback statistics
- Kernel streaming support
- ASIO support (recommended player for Windows 7 by Cambridge Audio)
- WASAPI output support
- Integration with Apple iPod, including album art support and automatic transcoding of audio formats not supported by iPod
- CD burning support
- Ability to read within 7z archives
- UPnP media server
- Last.fm scrobbling and virtual radio stream playback
- SACD decoder which allows SACD discs to be read on a PC
- ABX testing (recommended for this purpose by Time magazine)
- foobar2000 does not support Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) portable devices.
- Its highly extensible user interface is plain and utilitarian "out of the box", and lacks a built-in help feature.
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- "foobar2000 0.9.6 release notes". Retrieved 2009-06-09.
- "foobar2000 1.0 release notes". Retrieved 2010-09-04.
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- "Windows 7 ASIO USB audio set-up guide" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-25.
- "Can You Hear the Difference Between Lossless and Lossy Audio?". Time. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Foobar2000.|
- Official website
- foobar2000 FAQ
- Forums – Discussion and support
- Components – Repository of all first-party and some third-party components
- foobar2000 changelog page
- foobar2000 knowledge base at Hydrogenaudio
- #foobar2000 connect on freenode – Discussion and support
- How-To Guide – Details on how to use customizations and other features