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Zinf playing an audio file
Zinf playing an audio file
Developer(s)Robert Hart, Tim Lesher, David Hough[1]
Initial releaseJuly 2, 2002; 17 years ago (2002-07-02)
Stable release2.2.5 (February 17, 2004; 15 years ago (2004-02-17)) [±]
Preview releasenone [±]
Written inC++, GTK+
TypeAudio player

Zinf is a free audio player for Unix-like and Windows operating systems [2]. Zinf is released under the GNU General Public License.

Zinf is a continuation of the FreeAmp project and uses the same source code.[3][4]

Technical features[edit]

Zinf can play sound files in MP3, Vorbis, and WAV formats, among others.[5] 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[6] (but these features are now standard in many players).


Zinf is a recursive acronym that stands for "Zinf Is Not FreeAmp!"[6] Use of the name FreeAmp had to be discontinued due to trademark issues, as "AMP" is a trademark of PlayMedia Systems, Inc.[7][8]


The FreeAmp project was originally funded by EMusic, who paid the salaries of 3 developers working on the player. Later, Relatable joined EMusic to help support continued development.[9]

In January 2001, after 2 years of funding the project EMusic pulled their support, and subsequently fired the developers.[10] 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.[citation needed]


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.[citation needed]

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 a redirect to the squatter's site.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "FreeAmp Zinf Audio Player for Linux & Windows". Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  3. ^ Paul Rowlingson (January 19, 2004). "Zinf 2.2.1: A free audio player with streaming audio support". v3.co.uk. Retrieved November 24, 2009.
  4. ^ Lasse Penttinen (July 1, 2002). "No more FreeAmp - Meet the Zinf". Afterdawn. Retrieved November 24, 2009.
  5. ^ "Zinf Audio Player 2.2.1". Zebulon.fr. July 29, 2004. Retrieved November 24, 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Winamp-Alternativen: Zinf". Tonspion. October 16, 2003. Retrieved November 24, 2009.
  7. ^ FreeAmp becomes Zinf!
  8. ^ Sergei Yaremchuk (February 27, 2003). "Аудиопроигрыватель ZINF". Computerra. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved November 24, 2009.
  9. ^ EMusic and Relatable Team to Offer Open Source Audio
  10. ^ Important project update Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

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