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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.

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1.4.8 / 1.5 Beta 21 (November 12, 2019)


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Download Free Encoder Pack it 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)

Version history / Release notes / Changelog

Beta 21
Fixed beta 20 crash bug regressions related to changing DSP settings.
Fixed resampler DSP crashing when asked to resample to 0 Hz.
File Operations: added pause.
File Operations: more consistent behaviors when cancelled while moving files.
File Operations: made file modification time etc transferred when copying files.
Fixed flashing current-item display in generic progress window.
Included new Visual Studio runtime libraries.

Beta 20
Fixed a regression causing incorrect playback time, or even incorrect playing track to be shown after changing DSP settings in mid-playback.
Made preserve-file-timestamp work with old album art manipulation context menu commands.

Beta 19
Made preserve-file-timestamp work with MP3 tag types operations.
Fixed a long-time bug with erratic behavior of audio output device selection.

Beta 18
Fixed beta 17 DirectSound crash regression
Screen reader compatibility improvements

Beta 17
The hopefully last beta.
Reverted DirectSound changes that seem to cause trouble for some users.
Improved playback position reporting accuracy with complex DSP configurations, for better operation of Wave Seekbar type components.
Made strange/malformed MP4 files not refuse to play entirely if the first audio frame can't be decoded.
List control behavior and screen reader compatibility fixes.

Corrected a 1.4.7 regression causing certain old components to stop working correctly.

File Operations: Fixed window order bugs with Windows 10 1809 and newer
Fixed creation of crash reports from stack overflow crashes.
Fixed some Ogg files being unplayable since version 1.4.
Changed order of written FLAC metadata blocks to work around bugs in Windows Explorer.
Misc bug fixes.

Beta 16
Fixed more regressions in components updater dialog.
Fixed missing keyboard shortcuts in new yes/no/ok/cancel type dialogs forum thread

Beta 15
Fixed regressions in components updater dialog, manifesting themselves when you close & reopen the dialog.
Fixed bad behavior of properties dialog when cancelling initial info load forum thread

Beta 14
Fixed beta 13 regression causing Verifier to incorrectly flag MP3 files as problematic forum thread

Beta 13
Prettier startup UI picker upon installation of a new UI component.
Made possible to check for updates of components listed but not hosted on
Changed Properties dialog autocomplete behaviors forum thread
Attempted workaround for reported shutdown lockup forum thread
Changed order of FLAC metadata block to mitigate bugs in Windows 10 forum thread
Fixed non-decoding of specific Ogg Vorbis files forum thread
Workaround for slow seeking in Matroska files.

Beta 12
Fixed preserve-file-timestamp bugs.
Fixed missing file-not-found error message. forum thread
Fixes for bad interaction between pre-1.4-SDK components and track info filters.
Fixed possible rare shutdown crash with certain components installed.
Playlist behavior fix. forum thread
Fixed metadb edit callbacks not being fired in some conditions.
Removed transacted filesystem support. There are no known benefits to it and even Microsoft documentation says not to use it.
Fixed track info filters (foo_external_tags) vs MP3 remove-tags.
Made track info filters (foo_external_tags) enabled by default once installed.
FLAC 1.3.3
Made WavPack/DSD MD5 visible - using another field so Verifier doesn't try to verify it.
Enabled embedded cuesheet support for MP3 files.
New list control in various Converter dialogs.

Beta 11
Fixed beta 10 regression causing File Integrity Verifier not to use multiple threads for scanning.
File size optimizations.
Library Preferences: fixed missing double-click-on-folder.
Support for latest External Tags component

Beta 10
Various issues related to reporting exact playback position have been fixed. Wave seekbar style components show exact position with skip silence DSP active and similar.
Fixed Default UI Playlist View last column layout glitch regression forum thread.
Fixes in new programming interfaces for foo_external_tags.
Removed lyrics3 tag support other than removal via 'Remove Tags' - as it was causing more trouble than it was worth.
Default UI Album Art view regression fixes.
Cuesheet handling regression fixes.
DirectSound output workarounds for stuck playback on disconnected/locked device.
Properties dialog album art manipulation fixes.
Properties dialog autocomplete behaviors changed.

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.
Implemented reading of cue+bin audio CD images.
Implemented asynchronous drag&drop, for less stalls when dragging tracks from foobar2000 to another program.

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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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Review by Nero on Nov 8, 2019 Version: 1.4.8 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

Great software, but I hope they fix the replay gain or at least test it for code integrity in a beta version. Any vorbis file I run replay gain on using Foobar is not recognised in my external media player and android boxes I tested on. The files refuses to play let alone be detected. Strange issue, could it be the meta tags screwing them up causing incompatibilities? They play okay on the computer using Media Player Home Cinema.

Review by Dave on Oct 23, 2019 Version: 1.4.8 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

Foobar is excellent software, but don't use the replaygain option on your files. It screws up vorbis files making them unplayable on TV media players and has zero effect on the db level of aac/mp4a files, despite the operation stating done. You scan for gain update the tag, but it is the metadata tag which messes up the playback okay on a PC but screwed for a media player attached to your TV.

Review by TeX on Apr 10, 2019 Version: 1.4.3 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

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Review by KPW on Sep 23, 2018 Version: foobar 2000 1.4 OS: Windows 10 Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

I used many audio programs, but this program is easy y work good. Only want ear music.

Review by Gioantonnello on Sep 3, 2018 Version: 1.4 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

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