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Why should you give Foobar2000 a try?

Foobar2000 is a convenient and flexible audio player for the Windows Platform. To begin with, the utility is customizable so that you can suit it to your needs and preferences. The interface the software comes with is simple. Nevertheless, if you are inexperienced with similar apps, it may appear a little challenging. However, there is help documentation included so that you can easily get the hang of the tool.

The software does not use a lot of system resources so that it does not overload the system.

The playlist manager that Foobar2000 comes with enables you to drag songs you want to play over the main window and have them saved to a list under a custom name. The hotkey support allows you to easily access all the features.

The app supports all the most popular audio formats, such as MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, and SND. You can use the skins that the tool comes with or you can download the ones that suit your preferences best.

It needs to be pointed out that it may take you a while to install the utility.

Main Features:

  • Most audio formats supported.
  • Gapless playback.
  • Unicode support.
  • Customizable user interface.
  • Advanced tagging capabilities.
  • ReplayGain support.
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts.
  • Open component architecture.


To sum everything up, it is safe to say that Foobar2000 is a useful audio player that can be easily customized according to your needs.

What's new in 1.5 version?

  • New and improved Properties dialog, with the ability to manipulate attached pictures as well as scan and modify ReplayGain values.
  • Greatly improved Selection Properties performance for large track lists.
  • Various prompts (such as delete/recycle) now come with a “do not show this again” checkbox.
  • Restored pre-1.4 behavior of main-window-hidden/notification-icon-only status being remembered after foobar2000 restart.
  • Added logging of Media Library scanning errors - “show errors” button in Media Library Preferences.
  • Added Advanced Preferences option for flushing playback queue on manual track change (default: on).
  • Made “Open containing folder” command work with tracks in archives - opens folder containing the archive.
  • Added an option to preserve last-modified timestamps of tracks when updating tags.
  • Additional safeguards against corrupted configuration in case of a system crash while saving (FlushFileBuffers).
  • File Operations: delete/recycle prompt always says “Delete” rather than “Recycle”, since not every volume supports recycle action.
  • FFmpeg 3.4.6, now compiled with MS compiler, binary size reduced due to DLL runtime.
  • FLAC 1.3.3
  • Implemented reading of cue+bin audio CD images.
  • Implemented asynchronous drag&drop, for less stalls when dragging tracks from foobar2000 to another program.
  • Removed transacted filesystem support. There are no known benefits to it and even Microsoft documentation says not to use it.
  • Improved programming interfaces for External Tags and Skip Track components.
  • Made album art loading/resizing operations in Default User Interface asynchronous. Large pictures no longer make the app momentarily unresponsive.
  • Converter: Added Opus encoder selection for –music / –speech modes.
  • Converter: New list control in various dialogs. Column sizes are remembered.
  • Improved playback position reporting with Skip Silence and similar DSP effects.
  • Made possible to check for updates of components listed but not hosted on foobar2000.org.
  • Enabled embedded cuesheet support for MP3 files.
  • Made WavPack/DSD MD5 visible - using another field so Verifier doesn't try to verify it.


More info

  • Last Updated: 2019-11-30
  • Developer: foobar2000.org
  • Homepage: www.foobar2000.org
  • Version: 1.5
  • File size: 4.22 MB
  • Downloads: 4,705
  • Operating system: Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
  • Filename: foobar2000_v1.5.exe
  • MD5 Checksum: fab53c2f295335d8ced3b30a45f47364