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 [5 ] 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, [6 ] spectrum visualization, and some other features and improvements.
foobar is derived from a common placeholder name used in computer programming.
In September 2011,
the developer of foobar2000 spun off its [7 ] codebase to create a simplified audio player called "Boom". [8 ]
Features [ edit ]
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
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 [9 ] [10 ]
Gapless playback support [11 ] Support for
DSP effects such as equalization and crossfade Customizable keyboard shortcuts
Media Library with automated folder watching
[12 ] Built-in Windows Media streaming
[13 ] Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player
[14 ] Ability to read within
ZIP, GZIP, and RAR archives
Optional [ edit ]
Limitations [ edit ]
foobar2000 does not support
Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) portable devices. [5 ] Its highly extensible user interface is plain and utilitarian "out of the box", and lacks a built-in help feature.
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