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foobar2000 2.0 Beta 30/ foobar2000 1.6.16

foobar2000 2.0 Beta 30/ foobar2000 1.6.16

foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.

foobar2000 isn’t just for early adopters or software jukebox fetishists. It doesn’t mess with fancy buttons or bright colors. Instead of to prefer a utilitarian, straightforward user interface it lets the music speak for itself.

foobar2000 uses tabs and panels to help the user navigate its plain, but functional, user interface. You can customize the interface using several layout options. Menu options and recognizable command buttons reside at the top of the window.

Two panels, each with tabbed menus, reside on the left side of the window. From there, you can view the album list and the properties of a selected artist or song.

In foobar2000 you’ll also find tabs for viewing a spectrogram, a spectrum, and VU meter of music currently being played, display album art. Furthermore, you can synchronize it with portable players including iPods.

foobar2000 Main features:

  • Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND… and more with additional components.
  • Gapless playback.
  • Easily customizable user interface layout.
  • Advanced tagging capabilities.
  • Support for ripping Audio CDs
  • Transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.
  • Full ReplayGain support.
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts.
  • Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.

Changes in foobar2000 2.0:

  • Now available as x86 32-bit (legacy), x86 64-bit. ARM 64-bit version coming soon. 64-bit versions require updated versions of add-on components.
  • Dark mode support on Windows 10 and 11. Add-on components need to be updated to utilize it.
  • Entirely new media library engine, backed by SQLite. Much faster startup and shutdown with large libraries, greatly reduced memory usage.
  • Greatly improved performance of media library search queries that don’t use %patterns%.
  • Added album art in Default User Interface playlist view.
  • Clickable rating stars in Default User Interface playlist view.
  • New Default UI element: ReFacets, reimplementing most of Facets functionality. Old Facets component doesn’t work with new 64-bit foobar2000.
  • Improved Default UI splitter, now allows any number of panes.
  • Added ‘remember per playlist layout’ to Default User Interface playlist view.
  • Added ‘stream selector’ element to Default User Interface toolbar.
  • New audio output device management features – unwanted devices can be disabled, bit depth and DSP can be configured per-device.
  • New internal playlist format, changes instantly saved to disk, no more recent changes lost on crash.
  • New configuration data format, changes instantly saved to disk, no more recent changes lost on crash.
  • Can display file creation time (%file_created%) and attributes (%file_attributes%).
  • For non-portable installs, profile folder is now %appdata%\foobar2000-v2. There is no need to back up old profile before upgrading, your foobar2000 v1.x profile will be left untouched.
  • First run performs import of old configuration data (playlists, library).
  • More audio formats supported out of the box: TAK, APE, AC3, DTS.
  • Updated FFmpeg to version 5.1.
  • Improved Properties behavior if ‘reload info’ detects a change in number of chapters etc.
  • Rewritten built-in visualisations (VU/peak meters, spectrum, oscilloscope), now using hardware accelerated rendering.
  • Some Default UI Elements (ReFacets, Equalizer, visualisations) now also accessible as Columns UI panels.
  • Internet Radio dialog (File menu), remembers previously played Internet radio streams.
  • Modernized Explorer integration, no longer needs separate 32bit/64bit shell extension DLLs.
  • Properties dialog now follows theme colors of the active UI.
  • Utilized Windows Imaging Component for image parsing, removed libwebp dependency. Album covers in HEIF, AVIF, etc can now be viewed if system codecs are present.
  • Added %year% mapping, takes year part of %date%, discarding content past first four digits.
  • Changed default Album List patterns to use %year%.
  • Added sample rate exclusions to SSRC resampler.
  • Added crossfeed DSP from foobar2000 mobile.
  • New console logging system, writes per-instance log files to the specified folder.
  • New full config reset semantics – now clears profile folder (optionally leaving user-components intact) instead of asking all components to reset themselves.
  • These add-on components are now obsolete as their functionality is available out of the box: foo_benchmark, foo_bitcompare, foo_verifier, foo_input_monkey, foo_ac3, foo_sanitizer, foo_input_dts.
  • These components previously included with the installer are no longer optional (features always enabled): foo_rgscan, foo_cdda, foo_albumlist
  • libFLAC 1.4.2, made possible to decode 32 bits per sample FLAC file.
  • Worked around FLAC files with ID3 tags being reported as corrupted by new libFLAC.
  • zlib 1.2.13.
  • Fixed incorrect handling of M4A itunescompilation=0.
  • WavPack 5.5.0.
  • Compiled with Visual Studio 2022.
  • Made possible to apply DSP config changes without reinitializing affected DSPs.
  • Allowed DSPs to manipulate their shown name depending on preset data.
  • Added mitigations for apparent random crash on Wine (less C++ exceptions thrown when dealing with media indexing errors).

Changes in foobar2000 1.6.16:

  • Reverted 1.6.15 optimization with fast DSP reinitialization on manual track change. This behavior breaks many third party components and can’t be enabled by default. It’s now available as an option because it improves performance when using heavy-to-initialize DSPs such as new VST adapter.

Changes in foobar2000 1.6.15:

  • Maintenance release with changes backported from 2.0 series.
  • Less DSP reinitializing when cycling played tracks etc.
  • Fixed crash after loss of audio output device while playing.
  • RIFF64 format reading bug fixes.
  • Fixed playlist column layout changes not being remembered in certain scenarios.
  • Converter: Fixed very old bugs in AU writer.
  • Less strict reading of AIFF format.
  • Media Library: Don’t report non-audio files (such as pictures or text) inside archives as indexing errors.
  • Fixed problems with accessing some non-UTF8-compliant FTP servers.

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Supported Operating Systems:

  • Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, 11 (32-bit, 64-bit).
  • Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019
  • Mac OS 10.11 “El Capitan” or newer.

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