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Foobar2000 is an advanced 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. Built in audio converter tool. Mac OS version also available now.

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1.6.6 / 1.6.7 Beta 17 (July 27, 2021)


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Download foobar2000 1.6.6 Windows  5MB  Win

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Download foobar2000 1.6.6 Portable Windows  6MB  Win  Portable

Download foobar2000 1.6.7 Beta 17 Windows  5MB  Win

Download foobar2000 1.5.7 Windows XP 4.2MB WinXP

Download Free Encoder Pack 2021-01-26 1.7MB Win

Free Encoder Pack includes free encoders, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, Opus, Musepack, WavPack, AAC + Apple Lossless (qaac) - requires iTunes to be installed (read more...), AAC (fhgaacenc) - requires Winamp to be installed (read more...), Apple Lossless (refalac), MP3 (LAME)

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Freeware (Free download and usage!)

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WinWindows MacMac OS

Version history / Release notes / Changelog

Built-in WASAPI exclusive output.
Rewritten entirely in beta 7, old beta1-6 bugs should be gone.
Added 'smart stop' option in Advanced Preferences; press stop key once to stop-after-current, twice to stop now.
Fixed WavPack lossy not working regression from 1.6.6.
Made Output preferences reflect output device changes made by output picker toolbar. (beta 5)
Allowed per-track REM COMMENT in cuesheets. (beta 6)
HLS radio bug fixes. (beta 6)
Fixed crashing on failed paste operations in Properties dialog. (beta 6)
Fixed incorrect handling of UTF-8 file names inside ZIP archives. (beta 6)
Removed 8-bit output option. (beta 7)
Fixed inaccurate preamp decibel formatting in Converter setup dialog. (beta 7)
Beta 8
Exclusive-mode output fixes.
Beta 9
Exclusive-mode output fixes; fixed "unsupported format" error regression.
Beta 10
Exclusive-mode output fixes; fixed high CPU usage when paused regression.
Fixed a beta 7 regression causing glitched audio after a change of parameters (such as sample rate or channel count).
Re-enabled 32-bit floating-point output with exclusive mode, some devices seem to accept it.
Beta 12
Fixed beta 11 regression which caused errors with some 24-bit devices.
Beta 13
Prevented popup of Preferences page prompting for a valid output device if the audio device was unplugged with foobar2000 in background.
Re-added Advanced Preferences setting to override exclusive-mode hardware buffer length.
Added a special fix for FOSTEX cards that do not work with system-default buffer length.
Fixed missing remapping of 5.1 vs 5.1-side channel configurations with exclusive mode.
Beta 14
Worked around glitched playback after a buffer underrun.
Beta 15
Added .weba (WebM audio) to recognized formats.
Attempted WASAPI exclusive compatibility fixes (timed polling instead of event, 50ms default hardware buffer).
Beta 16
WASAPI compatibility fixes. Defaults are equivalent to well-behaved beta 13 (event instead of polling). You can override if your device doesn't agree.
Beta 17
Refactored exclusive mode overrides in Advanced Preferences.
Added a specific workaround for Intel SST Audio, so exclusive mode works without manual tweaks.
Prevented foobar2000 from starting up with foo_dsp_std.dll missing, or else normal playback fails. Note that this can only happen as a result of tampering with the installation, as foo_dsp_std.dll is always installed.
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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 as well as 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.

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29 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews

Rating by Romsryu on Jun 22, 2021 Version: 1.6.7 Beta 12 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

Rating by iShurex on Apr 12, 2021 Version: 1.6.5 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 5/10

Rating by drjtech on Apr 6, 2021 Version: 1.6.5 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

Rating by Gioantonnello43 on Sep 25, 2020 Version: foobar2000 1.6.1 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

Foobar is great with lots of functions, but I find its replaygain option non effective or buggy. With aac there's no change in playback after adding gain and none of my external media players seems to recognise the metadata too with ogg files after using the replaygain as they become unrecognisable.

Review by Zack on Aug 18, 2020 Version: 1.5.5 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10

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