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Old 15th April 2011, 08:33 PM   #1
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Default "Best Free Music Player and Organizer'

I've yet to read, but while searching around found, fwiw:

Best Free Music Player and Organizer
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Old 15th April 2011, 08:38 PM   #2
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JRiver Jukebox 14 is excellent...not even mentioned in this article.
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An odd oversight.

Though if like me and the author you like to see the lyrics, to my knowledge JRiver (or its MC 15) does not provide for this
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Old 15th April 2011, 09:33 PM   #4
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I think it does, but it's not a feature I use. The lyrics tags is supported, I think.
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Old 15th April 2011, 10:13 PM   #5
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The guy who assessed the players is as clueless as anyone could be relying on third and fourth hand reports about a player that is basically a diy project. No, it is not as plug and play as any of those other ones mentioned, it has however possibilities that none of the others have.
To label foobar a "basic" player shows the guys incompetence when it comes to foobar.

It has several DSP capabilities, options are not only available through menu, but also through the tabs on top and the "run" option opening by clicking on a panel (among other options that open then).
The tabs are expandable by clicking shift and then selecting the tabs.
Foobar in default user interface can be configured any which way you want to lay it out, it has a biography plugin, a lyrics panel plug in, has a converter that can be added, the library can be configured through a command line in the menu (just add your own organizing commands), server capabilities.....it took me some time - I would say about two weeks at least - to really check out what this program is capable of, and I haven't checked even half of what one can set it up to do.

Relying on somebody likely having been spoiled by the easy plug and play simple layout and functionality of other programs is no help to those wanting use something they can really diy to their needs.
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I honestly kind of like iTunes. Shoot me now.

But it's just pretty simple. I've tried others like Foobar, and I think there's too much going on for my taste. iTunes is pretty straight forward. Here's your music. You don't have 17 sidebars going on and nothing too flashy.

Unfortuneatly you have to being using an Apple device if you need to use it with an mp3 player, so in that case, I think Rhythmbox is pretty nice.
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To label foobar a "basic" player shows the guys incompetence when it comes to foobar.

It has several DSP capabilities, options are not only available through menu, but also through the tabs on top and the "run" option opening by clicking on a panel (among other options that open then).
The tabs are expandable by clicking shift and then selecting the tabs.
Foobar in default user interface can be configured any which way you want to lay it out, it has a biography plugin, a lyrics panel plug in, has a converter that can be added, the library can be configured through a command line in the menu (just add your own organizing commands), server capabilities.....it took me some time - I would say about two weeks at least - to really check out what this program is capable of, and I haven't checked even half of what one can set it up to do.
Thanks again.

What are foobar's DSP capabilities?
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Effect DSP

By: mudlord

A collection of special effects:

- Echo
- Reverb
- WahWah
- Phaser
- Dynamics Compressor
- IIR Filter
* includes:
- Bandpass Filter (CSG & ZPG)
- Bass Boost
- High Shelf Filter
- Low Shelf Filter
- Notch Filter
- Parametric EQ (single band)
- Resonant Highpass Filter
- Resonant Lowpass Filter
- Allpass Filter
- RIAA Phono De-emphasis Filter
- CD De-emphasis Filter
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Equalizer split

By: Zao

A meta-DSP that feeds each channel into a separate equalizer instance.
Current version

0.0.1, released on 2008-07-12
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Name Last Update Description
7-Zip archive support 1.5
Tags: archive 2010-12-06 Adds support for reading files from 7-Zip archives (.7z). ...
ABX Comparator 1.3.4 2009-04-25 Performs a double-blind listening test between two tracks.
AC3 decoder 0.9.5
Tags: decoder 2010-04-13 Adds decoding support for ATSC A-52 bitstream files (.AC3). Also includes a packet decoder for Matroska ...
ADPCM decoders 1.9
Tags: decoder, game music 2010-09-22 Adds decoding support for over a dozen ADPCM formats, including CRI ADX, Game Cube ADP and DSP variants ...
AdPlug decoder 1.39
Tags: decoder 2011-02-14 Adds decoding support for all Adlib FM chip formats supported by the AdPlug library. ...
ALAC Decoder 1.0.7
Tags: decoder 2011-02-26 Adds decoding support for Apple Lossless Audio Codec files (.M4A). ...
Album list panel 0.3.5
Tags: Columns UI panel, media library viewer 2009-06-14 A Columns UI panel version of album list. Allows you to browse your music library in a hierarchical structure.
ASIO support 1.2.7
Tags: output 2009-03-22 Adds ASIO output support. ...
Audio CD Writer 3.0.3 2011-02-24 Allows you to burn audio CDs from any of supported audio formats, through context menu commands. ...
Audioscrobbler 1.4.7
Tags: playback statistics 2010-06-04 foo_audioscrobbler is a Last.fm/Audioscrobbler component for foobar2000 1.0 ...
Autosave & Autobackup 10
Tags: backup, configuration 2010-09-23 Allows periodic automatic saving of configuration and other data in foobar2000 and keeping backup copies ...
AviSynth decoder 0.3
Tags: decoder 2010-01-11 Adds decoding support for AviSynth scripts (.AVS), audio only. Requires AviSynth 2.5 or newer. ...
Binary Comparator 1.2
Tags: diagnostic 2008-12-05 Performs binary comparison between two or more tracks and reports differences.
Chacon 3
Tags: repair, tagging 2010-04-07 Chacon is a simple tool for fixing tags by converting them between different character sets. ...
Columns UI 0.3.8.8
Tags: user interface 2011-02-27 An alternative user interface. ...
Console panel 0.4
Tags: Columns UI panel, diagnostic 2009-08-29 A Columns UI panel version of console. Displays diagnostic messages.
Decoding Speed Test 1.1
Tags: diagnostic 2008-12-31 Measures decoding speed of audio files.
Discogs Tagger 1.25
Tags: album art, discogs, tagging 2010-07-19 A tagger using the Discogs (Explore Releases on Discogs) database ...
Dolby Headphone Wrapper 1.4.1
Tags: DSP, headphones 2010-01-22 Dolby Headphone technology gives you the sound of a 5.1 surround system through any pair of headphones. ...
DSDIFF Decoder 1.3
Tags: decoder 2010-04-13 Adds decoding support for DSDIFF files (.DFF). ...
DTS decoder 0.3.0
Tags: decoder 2010-09-03 Adds decoding support for DTS Coherent Acoustics files (.DTS) and DTS WAV files (.DTSWAV). Also includes ...
DUMB Module decoder 0.9.9.36
Tags: decoder 2011-03-23 Adds decoding support for several sequenced music formats: MOD/MDZ, S3M/S3Z, STM/STZ, IT/ITZ, XM/XMZ ...
Effect DSP 0.7.4 2011-03-19 A collection of special effects: ...
Equalizer split 0.0.1
Tags: DSP 2008-07-12 A meta-DSP that feeds each channel into a separate equalizer instance.
Facets 2008-02-25
Tags: Default UI element, media library viewer 2008-02-25 Displays your media library in multiple list views.
Feature Watcher 1.0.6
Tags: diagnostic 2008-08-30 Watches available features and reports changes.
File Integrity Verifier 1.1
Tags: diagnostic 2009-10-05 Checks specified media files for decoding errors. Note that with most formats, its accuracy is limited ...
FooSnarl 1.0 2011-01-15 A Snarl notification extension. On playtime events (Play, Pause, Stop) FooSnarl sends your user defined ...
Game Emu Player 1.113
Tags: decoder, game music 2011-04-16 Adds decoding support for several game console music formats: AY, GBS, GYM, HES, KSS, NSF, SAP, SGC, ...
HDCD Decoder 1.11 2011-02-22 This postprocessing service component will decode HDCD data in any 16-bit PCM stream passed through it ...
HDCD Decoder DSP (obsolete) 1.3
Tags: DSP 2010-04-09 This DSP component will decode HDCD data in any 16-bit PCM stream passed through it, resulting in 20-bit ...
Hively Tracker decoder 1.6
Tags: decoder 2011-01-11 Adds decoding support for Hively Tracker files (.HVL) as well as Abyss' Highest eXperience files (.AHX). ...
HTTP Control 0.97.7
Tags: remote control 2011-03-07 Allows to control foobar2000 by HTTP requests. ...
Impulse Response Convolver 0.3
Tags: DSP 2006-08-04 Allows arbitrary effects to be captured and used inside foobar2000.
Infospect 1.0.3
Tags: Default UI element, diagnostic 2008-02-01 Displays low level playback information.
iPod manager 0.6.8.9
Tags: Columns UI panel, portable devices 2011-03-07 iPod management component compatible with most Apple iPod and iPhone models. ...
KDM Decoder 1.0 2010-06-20 Decodes Ken Silverman's Digital Music format files. (.KDM)
Keep Queue 0.3.5
Tags: playback control, queue 2010-11-12 Prevents the playback queue from being removed when changing song manually, and saves the queue when ...
Kernel Streaming support 1.2.2
Tags: output 2006-08-04 Allows bit-exact playback bypassing Windows kernel mixer. Activated through playback / output preferences ...
LHA archive support 1.6
Tags: archive 2010-01-14 Adds support for reading from LHA and LZH archives. ...
Live Show Tagger 0.7.1
Tags: tagging 2010-05-15 Tags files from eTree/furthur style text files describing live shows. ...
Logitech LCD Display & Visualization 0.5.5
Tags: display, visualization 2010-11-17 A component to display visualisations and track information on a variety of Logitech LCD screens (check ...
Lyrics Grabber 2 0.5.5.2 beta
Tags: lyrics, tagging 2010-08-28 Lyricsgrabber 2 is an easy-to-use plug-in to download lyrics and save them into a tag in your Audio files. ...
Masstagger 1.8.4
Tags: tagging 2009-09-18 Automates various tag editing operations. ...
MIDI decoder 1.133
Tags: decoder 2011-03-31 Adds decoding support for General MIDI files (.MID) and RIFF MIDI files (.RMI) as well as several proprietary ...
Monkey's Audio Decoder 2.1.5
Tags: decoder 2011-02-24 Adds decoding support for Monkey's Audio files (.APE) as well as APE Link files (.APL). ...
On-Screen Display 1.69
Tags: display 2011-02-09 Adds support for an event triggered On-Screen Display overlay. ...
Organya decoder 1.5
Tags: decoder, game music 2011-01-09 Decodes Organya (.ORG) files. ...
Pause On Lock 0.5 2010-01-11 Adds the menu command "Pause On Lock" which will automatically pause playback when the desktop is locked ...
Playback Statistics 3.0.1
Tags: playback statistics 2010-10-12 This component collects and maintains statistics for played songs. ...
Playback Statistics SQL 1.4.3.0
Tags: playback statistics 2009-06-28 The plugin tracks unique combinations of artist/album/title items into a SqlServerCe local database.
Playlist History 0.1.5
Tags: display, playlist management 2011-01-18 foo_playlisthistory enables playlist history in foobar2000, similar to page history in browsers. ...
Playlist Organizer 1.9.1
Tags: Columns UI panel, Default UI element, playlist management 2011-04-16 foo_plorg is a simple component that will let your organize your playlists in a treeview fashion. It ...
Playlists Dropdown 0.7.6
Tags: Columns UI panel, playlist management 2009-09-23 This component displays the playlists in a dropdown list. Titles of the playlists are configurable and ...
Podcatcher 0.2.5
Tags: Default UI element, podcast 2011-03-12 A podcatcher component for subscribing to, downloading, and playing RSS and Atom podcast feeds in foobar2000. ...
Post-track silence 0.0.3
Tags: DSP 2009-08-10 Inserts a configurable amount of silence after each track to help external devices like MiniDisc players ...
Programmable reverb DSP 1.2
Tags: DSP 2010-06-30 This is a programmable reverb effect, based on the hardware algorithm of the Sony PlayStation game console. ...
PSF decoder 2.0.22
Tags: decoder, game music 2011-03-12 Adds decoding support for Sony Playstation Sound Format files (.PSF/.MINIPSF) as well as Playstation ...
QSF decoder 2.0.19
Tags: decoder, game music 2011-01-26 Adds decoding support for Capcom QSound Sound Format files (.QSF/.MINIQSF). ...
Queue Contents Editor 0.4.0
Tags: Columns UI panel, Default UI element, queue 2010-02-24 foo_queuecontents enables the user to edit and view queue contents through an ui element. Both the Default ...
Quick Search Toolbar 2.4
Tags: Columns UI panel, Default UI element, search 2011-04-16 Basic search toolbar that will send results of the search to a playlist of your choice. Includes various ...
Quick Tagger 1.0.3
Tags: tagging 2010-09-01 Adds customizable context menu commands for quickly setting tag fields to preconfigured values (for rating ...
R128Norm 1.10
Tags: DSP 2011-02-07 Implements a simple normalizer DSP based on gated ITU-R BS.1770 Loudness calculation. ...
R128Scan 1.23 2011-03-13 This is a simple gain scanner using a gated version of the ITU-R BS.1770 Loudness recommendation, as ...
Replaygain Override 0.1.3 2010-01-14 Provides a way to specify which replaygain modes to use for each playback order. Track gain is probably ...
Run Command 1.1 2010-01-07 Finds and executes menu commands. ...
Run Services 0.3.7 2009-06-07 foo_run runs external applications from within foobar2000 0.9.x
Scheduler 4.06
Tags: automation, scheduler 2011-01-19 Adds support for scheduling actions like play, stop, system shutdown/wake up etc.
Seekbox 0.0.3 2010-04-21 Main menu item that pops up a box for seeking to a particular hh:mm:ss time in the current track.
Shell Link Resolver 1.3.1 2010-01-07 Adds support for shell links (.lnk files). ...
Shorten Decoder 0.4.2.2
Tags: decoder 2009-11-15 Adds support for decoding Shorten files and tagging them through external APEv2 tags.
Shpeck 0.3.7
Tags: Columns UI panel, Default UI element, emulator, visualization, Winamp 2009-09-28 Shpeck runs Winamp visualisation plugins in a stand-alone window, a Columns UI panel or Default UI element. ...
SID decoder 1.23
Tags: decoder, game music 2011-02-18 Adds decoding support for Commodore 64 SID sound files (.SID, .MUS). ...
Skip Track 1.5.1
Tags: skip 2011-03-27 Allows you to skip tracks that match a specified search query. By default the component will skip all ...
Soft Playlists 2011-02-05 2011-02-05 Can create different Last.fm related playlists: ...
TagBox 0.212
Tags: tagging 2011-03-11 Tag editing UI element and standalone window.
TAK Decoder 0.4.4
Tags: decoder 2010-01-09 Adds support for decoding and tagging TAK files as well as reading embedded album art. ...
Text Display 1.0 RC 3
Tags: Default UI element 2008-07-08 UI Element for the Default User Interface v0.9.5 and newer. Displays information about the playing or ...
Text Tools 1.0.5
Tags: clipboard 2010-09-01 Adds customizable context menu commands for copying information about the selected tracks to Windows ...
TFMX decoder 0.5 2011-03-23 Decodes TFMX files (MDAT., TFMX., .MDAT, .TFM, .TFMX, .TFX). ...
Timebomb 0.0.2 2009-12-20 Menu item to terminate or stop playback after a configurable period of time.
Typefind panel 0.2 beta 2
Tags: Columns UI panel, search 2007-10-22 Provides a Columns UI search bar to search the active playlist.
Unix archive support 1.5
Tags: archive 2010-11-20 Adds support for reading from Unix Tape Archives (.TAR), gzip files (.GZ), and bzip2 files (.BZ2). ...
UPnP/DLNA Renderer, Server, Control Point 0.99.32
Tags: Columns UI panel, Default UI element, media library viewer, remote control, remote library, streaming 2011-02-28 UPnP/DLNA Renderer, Media Server, Control Point ...
UPSE PSF Decoder 1.4
Tags: game music 2011-03-10 This is a new PlayStation Sound Format (.PSF/.MINIPSF) decoder component based on William Pitcock's Unix ...
USF Decoder 2.0
Tags: decoder, game music 2010-11-23 This is a decoder which adds support for playing (Ultra) Nintendo 64 Sound format (.USF/.MINIUSF) files.
vgmstream decoder r936
Tags: decoder, game music 2011-03-24 This component decodes dozens of streamed ADPCM or other compressed format files extracted from various ...
Vorbis Streamer 1.1
Tags: DSP, network, streaming, Vorbis 2009-11-18 Streams Vorbis and associated metadata to Icecast2 and Shoutcast servers.
WASAPI output support 2.1
Tags: output 2009-05-19 Adds Windows Audio Session API exclusive mode output support, allowing bit-exact output and muting all ...
Waveform Seekbar 0.2.12
Tags: Columns UI panel, Default UI element 2010-04-24 A user interface element providing a seekbar that displays the waveform of the playing song, compatible ...
YM Decoder 0.3 2011-03-19 Plays YM files (.YM).
foobar2000: Components Repository

and that is not counting other third party components and plug ins..

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Multichannel audio

ATSurround Processor (foo_dsp_atsurround) Reproduces surround sound information present in many stereo audio material and more.
Channel Mixer (foo_channel_mixer) Up/down mix to/from 1-6 channels.
Dolby Pro Logic II wrapper (foo_dsp_pl2) Dolby Pro Logic II engine DLL (dll not included).
Downmix (foo_dsp_downmix) Downmix AC3, DTS, etc. to stereo.
FreeSurround (foo_dsp_fsurround) It takes Dolby Surround / Pro Logic I/II encoded stereo music and decodes it into 5.1 sound.
Surround Pan (foo_dsp_span) WYSIWYG Surround panning.
see list:
Foobar2000:Components - Hydrogenaudio Knowledgebase

and here:

Category:Foobar2000 3rd-Party Components - Hydrogenaudio Knowledgebase

I hope you understand now why I consider any other player rather limited.

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Old 16th April 2011, 04:24 PM   #9
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Guitarists effects, crossovers and EQ: most likely more than the rest put together.

though the lengthy quotes suggest a need for programming type ability and learning: is that correct?
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Old 16th April 2011, 06:20 PM   #10
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No, nothing to do with programming. You just download it, unzip the files into the foobar component folder and then select through the preference menu, which can be quite extensive depending on what you have installed.
Even the commands that you can use are fairly simple http type commands and there is in foobar some syntax help if you want to get into - but you don't need to.

Foobar can be very simple when you just download it and get the default layout to very complex when you customize it, but it is a matter of installing components, trying out where they fit in, layout your own panels etc.

Google is your friend here.
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