Alternative to WinAmp

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by dreamworks, Jun 30, 2006.

  1. dreamworks

    dreamworks --== babyface ==--

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    Hi guys ..

    I have been using WinAmp but would like to check if there are any alternatives out there besides WinAmp?

    I am just looking to play my mp3 files and nothing fancy but would like to have the good quality sound of WinAmp.

    Thanks.
     
  2. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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  3. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    In my opinion, I would never give up Winamp, unless I had too.
     
  4. Foobar2000. It's the only truly l337 choice.
     
  5. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    if you get the channel mixer plugin for foobar2000 you can upmix your audio. winamp cant replace it for me :)
     
  6. Cosmin

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    itunes ;)

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  7. SPeedY_B

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    iTunes is hardly lightweight on Windows :p
     
  8. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    who said we are looking for lightweight? he said alternative
     
  9. Petros

    Petros Thief IV

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    Give WMP11 a try...Microsoft did a great job designing & streamlining it. If you don't use library functions, though, SPeedy_B mentioned Coolplayer, which is awesome and super fast.
     
  10. Johnny

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    yeah, foobar is the best choice for an alternative. I am currently using the new winamp and like it. It hasn't given any issues, like the ones in the past ..
     
  11. SPeedY_B

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    "Nothing fancy" ... to me, suggests no bloatyness.
     
  12. Cosmin

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    yep :devious:
     
  13. madmatt

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    WMP11, best version and most functional to date.
     
  14. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Another devoted Foobar2000 user. I prefer v0.8.3 but v0.9 is out now. This app can do everything audio related you ever wanted and is extremely lightweight. An additional bonus is that the dev, Peter Pawloski (sp?) was a former winamp dev.
     
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  16. dreamworks

    dreamworks --== babyface ==--

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    Thanks .. the verdict is foobar which i'll try.

    Cheers mate .. :)
     
  17. Luna

    Luna OSNN Senior Addict Folding Team

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    Foobar is a great audio player. It does have a bit of a learning curve, but once you get it down you won't want to use anything else. Uses minimal system resources and you can really change the design to look however you want it to. There are many plugins available to make it even more interesting.
     
  18. Bman

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    i hope you will hate it, WINAMP forever!!
     
  19. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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  20. pluto

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    As I once read:

    "foobar2000 is not for people who don't want to spend time setting up or configuring their player. It's customizable and incredibly powerful, but we can only get those benefits by spending some time learning the software and becoming accustomed to the environment. If that's not what you want in a player, there are plenty of alternatives, such as WinAmp and iTunes."

    So quit bitching about it. Doesnt make a difference either way.

    Billy player is almost like the absolute bare minimum audio player around.

    Foobar is one of the lightest and powerful audio software players around.

    I for one find foobar, for me, is the best for my needs. Im still using v0.8.3 because I found that v0.9 lacked options that I liked. I like how it supports cd burning when Nero is installed. Plus, features like decoding files and encoding them to what ever format, is handy. Record feature is priceless. Plays archived files that have audio files. For me, it just works out the box without having to modify any annoyances which seem to be present in every other audio player. Its completely free too.

    On a side note, a friend of mine tried foobar too. He has been using WinAmp for years and was curious. First thing he noticed was the output quality was higher.

    I have noticed that myself when Ive played audio files in various other players, that none of them seem to have that good an output. Some people may not notice the difference, but I for one notice minor details.

    At the end of the day, its up to the person. There is a choice and its a matter of preference. foobar fits my needs because its minimalistic and does only what I want it to do and is specialised in its field.

    http://eolindel.free.fr/foobar0.9/accueil.shtml