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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.

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1.6.16 / 2.0 Beta 24 (January 18, 2023)


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Software License

Freeware (Free download and usage!)

Supported operating systems

WinWindows MacMac OS

More information and other downloads

Download Free Encoder Pack 2022-11-30 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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Beta 2
Fixed crash on old configuration import.

Beta 3
Component loader no longer probes menu command GUIDs, which was crashing some components. Was meant to prevent specific known incompatible components from loading.
Now shows CPU architecture (x86 or x64) in about box.
Fixed Media Library performing unnecessary tag reloads in some scenarios.
Crash bugs fixed.
Made Preferences / Output / Devices usable without a mouse.

Beta 4
MP4 tagging: do not set Various Artists if itunescompilation is present but set to 0.
Crash bugs fixed.
Made installer refuse to upgrade old non-portable installs containing profile data in application folder, which is no longer supported.
Fixed metadb lock up with large queryInfoMulti() batches.
Fixed library search by rating not working.
Added ReFacets to library viewers list.
Fixed missing double click to fullscreen in Default UI visualisations.
Fixed disappearing live playback info on playback statistics update.
Fixed longer-than-necessary gap when reopening exclusive-mode output on format change.
Fixed seekbar & visualisation glitches when playing very short audio tracks with exclusive-mode output.

Beta 5
Fixed various crash bugs.
Improved rendering performance of very large playlists with grouping & album art enabled.
Made ReFacets sorting remembered.
Fixed inverted titles of "Add Files" vs "Open" dialogs.
Reduced output reopen delay when input format (channel count etc) changes.
Improved dark mode rendering of checkboxes.
Suppressed library error log lines about folder.jpg etc inside archive files.

Beta 6
Fixed playlist layout glitch regression from beta 5.

Beta 7
libFLAC 1.4, made possible to decode 32 bits per sample FLAC files.
Upgrading from v1.x retains file timestamps of profile folder contents.
Fixed bad handling of user-components folder in upgraded legacy portable installs without a "profile" folder.
Playlist rendering and manipulation performance fixes.
DTS decode_postprocessor now works, for decoding DTS in WAV, FLAC, etc.
Fixed incorrect behavior after a watched media library folder disappears then reappears.
Allowed blank meta values in metadb.
Made possible to enable album art columns in Default UI playlist even without grouping enabled - the old behavior was confusing.
Added dark mode to Default UI toolbar buttons configuration dialog.
Made settings of old foo_albumlist & foo_sanitizer imported on startup, if present.

Beta 8
Fixed beta 7 regression with wrong handling of blank meta values.
Fixed some visual glitches in Converter.
Rare crash bug workarounds.
Improved crash log writer in 64-bit version.

Beta 9
Updated WavPack library to 5.5.0.
Updated Monkey's Audio library to 8.70.
Changed replacement for slash character in file naming.
Fixed a regression that made it impossible to play certain M4A HE-AAC files from remote (HTTP etc) sources.
Various ReFacets glitches fixed.
Made new library search implementation more robust.
Cleaned up Ogg reader, made possible to seek in remote (HTTP etc) Ogg files.
Crash bugs fixed.

Beta 10
Fixed Ogg seeking regressions from the previous beta.
Made column order correctly remembered per-playlist.
libFLAC 1.4.1.
Rewritten asymmetric library search feature.
Library search speed optimizations, made more queries utilize search index.
Restored multi-folder-selection for "add folder".

Beta 11
Fixed incorrect MD5 verification of 32-bit FLAC files.
Fixed non-decoding of DTSHD files.
Added option to override DRC behavior on AC-3 audio.
Various crash bugs fixed.

Beta 12
Improved behavior when watched library folders are on temporarily unavailable network shares.
Fixed audio glitching on screen resolution change in certain configurations.
Improved exclusive output behavior with uncommon channel layouts, 4.1/5.0 would not play on a device expecting 5.1-side.
Fixed failure to read specific odd FPL files.

Beta 13
Fixed poor search performance with asymmetric search enabled.
Fixed dark mode in Converter overwrite prompt.
Reverted visualisations to GDI rendering by default. Use advanced preferences toggle to enable D2D. Too many systems fail at D2D rendering.
Mitigated media indexing crash on Wine by cutting down use of std::current_exception() / std::rethrow_exception().
libFLAC & zlib update.
Channel mask display fixes.
Fixed wrong length reporting in Binary Comparator.
No longer reports FLAC files with ID3 tags as corrupted.
Workarounds for poor performance of metadb_index operations compared to v1.x series (affects third party components only).
Programming interface extensions for components:
Made possible to apply DSP config changes without reinitializing affected DSPs.
Allowed DSPs to manipulate their shown name depending on preset data.
Addded non-blocking DSP configuration popups.
Added library_manager_v5 with extra status info methods (new SDK needed to utilize).

Beta 14
Enabled search indexing of file paths by default.
Because this somewhat affects performance and some people just don't care, an advanced option to turn it off has been added.
WavPack library update.
More compatible reading of exotic AIFF files.
Fixed a very old bug in 8-bit AU writer.
Added sanitization of internet radio metadata as certain station was serving nonsensical sample rate info.
Improved compatibility with MP4 files made with yt-dlp.
Improved compatibility with stripped down Windows 10 distributions.

Beta 15
Fixed various library search expression handling bugs.
Made FLAC tag updater remove ID3v2 garbage prefixing FLAC stream.
Made ERROR_BAD_LENGTH condition crash to debug specific network share compatibility issue.
Made MP3 reader report MP3 frame count not matching Xing/LAME header info when verifying integrity.

Beta 16
Improved compatibility with network shares - worked around specific server refusing GetFileInformationByHandle() resulting in previous foobar2000 v2.0 betas being unable to play or index media from such.
More search regression fixes.
Fixed missing ES_AUTOHSCROLL in ReFacets search box - was limiting length of typed search pattern to size of the editbox.
Added lock toggle to Default UI splitter.
Rating field handling fixes - %rating% now looks up rating meta if no rating is present in the database.
Reverted larger font in Properties tabs as everyone seems to hate it.
Fixed 64-bit setup being unable to close running foobar2000 instance before updating.
Fixed archive content being invisible in Album List's folders view, possibly in other components too (library_manager::get_relative_path).

Beta 17
libvorbis is once again used for decoding Vorbis format instead of FFmpeg, as some rare files continue to cause compatibility issues.
Default Playlist View: Fixed column size remembering bugs.
Updated Properties / Automatically Fill Values logic, better results if searched pattern appears more than once.
Fixed missing quotation mark recognition in new library search system.
Fixed bad import of old foo_playcount ratings (0.5 added), made first run clean up existing database and badly imported values from the old version.
Fixed Console not obeying color settings.

Beta 18
Made all track info cached in memory like it was in old foobar2000 versions. The performance loss from keeping all info in SQLite only was not acceptable.
Rewritten search index. If you find a case where new foobar2000 search is slower than 1.x series, please let us know.
Removed internal playback statistics, made Playback Statistics component (foo_playcount) operational again. First run of new foo_playcount imports foobar2000 v2.0 beta database back.
64-bit version no longer moves user-components folder to user-components-x64 on first run.
Fixed playback of 8-channel Vorbis, beta 17 regression.

Beta 19
Crash regression fix.

Beta 20
Added "low memory mode" in 32-bit build, restoring pre-beta18 style tag caching semantics.
Located in advanced preferences / general.
If foobar2000 cannot start up due to memory usage, it can be emergency-enabled by putting "enable_low_mem_mode" file in the profile folder.
Misc search bug fixes.
Playlist group layout optimizations reverted (no more scrollbar jumping around stupidly), unless in the new low memory mode.
Fixed various RIFF64 WAV reading bugs.
Fixed blank edit menu shown when no items are enabled.

Beta 21
Fixed accidental twin Peak Meters.
Fixed a bug resulting in nonsensical channel mask being passed around.
No longer recreates all DSPs when manually cycling tracks in playlist.
Removed untested code for float16 & float24 audio reading. If you run into actual samples of such files, please let me know.
Worked around ages old problem with external changes to file tags causing loss of foo_playcount data (needs new foo_playcount).
Added 'icon' column in default playlist view.

Beta 22
Fixed total playback time not being remembered since beta 18.
Fixed problems with accessing some non-UTF8-compliant FTP servers.
DSP bug fixes.
Fixed FPL writer regression causing some of written playlists to be unreadable.
Fixed a bug that prevented some internet radio station names from being shown.

Beta 23
Fixed missing CListControl accessibility support in 64-bit version.
Fixed crash after loss of audio output device while playing.
Fixed random shutdown crash when using Album List or ReFacets with filters.
Fixed wrong content shown in left pane of File Operations pattern picker.

Beta 24
Made fast DSP reset (introduced in previous version) opt-in, as it breaks certain third party DSPs.
File Operations: Dark mode bug fixes.
Preferences / Shell: changed default target playlist name.
Fixed outdated info shown after editing tags in low-memory mode.
Properties Autofill logic amended.
Album List & ReFacets: improved handling of | character in tags.

Now available as x86 32-bit (legacy), x86 64-bit. ARM 64-bit version coming soon. 64-bit versions require updated versio...

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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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31 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews

I use Foobar to equalise the volumes of my MP4 music videos. Works great!

Review by Alwyn on Dec 1, 2022 Version: 1.6.11 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

The wasapi component still does not work on windows 11.

Review by Goran on Oct 20, 2021 Version: foobar2000 1.6.7 / 1.6.8 Beta 4 OS: Windows 11 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10

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

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