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What does foobar2000 do for you that no other player does?
mrinferno
post Sep 3 2009, 04:57
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hard core winamp convert myself...never really realized how much i was missing til i finally committed to learning how to use foobar2000 and making it work for me.

there are so many things, but i think the main thing that got me to switch is the tabbed playlists/playlist manager.

rather than one main solitary playlist you can soooo easily setup many playlists suite your tastes/mood/tagging etc and easily pop between them.
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post Sep 3 2009, 12:52
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I used to use winamp before changing to foobar when 0.8.3 was the new release. I like the fact I can move pieces of the ui around until I find something I like. The converter feature has been flawless for me, and I can manage large batch coverts (though I'm sure others do this, foobar was the first to make it easy without having to fuss with command lines). Plus, who doesn't like the colored cat icons for mp3, flac, mp4, etc. files? That's a lifesaver if you have a couple of unsorted folders here and there. At least we get "MPEG-Layer 3" and not "Winamp File" or something generic like that with one icon to represent them all.


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post Sep 3 2009, 14:12
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I would say customization !

I needed a PC in my living room for playing music, surfing, etc, but I needed something with style (not a laptop) to integrate into my bookshelves. So I bought an Eeetop (LCD touchscreen, no keyboard-mouse) and then I tried every media center available: xbmc, mediaportal, elisa, winamp, itunes, etc. But none of them are customizable, and they are awfully slow (Mediaportal take at least 1 minute to launch, and then you'll have to click throught 10 menus before you get to a particular song), they do not offer artwork or playlist management, and often the buttons are just too small (well my fingers are obviously bigger than my mouse cursor ;-)
So my only alternative was to go with foobar (which I have used in the past when I discovered PUI interface) and build my own version including the desired modules and layout. And there's no other player that allow you such customization.

Now I can download hundreds of "Baby Einstein" picture and let my 4 year-old sit in front of the PC touching the screen to cycle throught the pictures while listening to music. That can last for hours ! (yet I don't know if the LCD would survive that long !)


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post Sep 4 2009, 08:57
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It's stable, doesn't use a lot of resources and doesn't look like trash... you can make it to look like trash though, if you wish so. It's configurable - not to the extent I want, but more than any other player I know. Plus, I like the nerds in the fb2k-forum on hydrogenaudio.org, though they're frightening at times.

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post Sep 4 2009, 18:58
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QUOTE (smkk @ Aug 31 2009, 21:10) *
Foo_facets, title formatting, custom tags and the possibility to do whatever i want with them, moving/renaming files to my own presets with the push of a button, the unlimited tagging capabilities, the customizability, the performance.

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post Sep 5 2009, 19:58
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Converted from Winamp because with 5.5 that totally went the wrong way, interface-wise.

Dealmakers:
- Multi-playlist
- Spectrograph visualiser (yea, I like it)

Why I got to love it:
- Far more powerful item management inside playlists and display customisability
- Extremely quick without (too-) quirky menus/buttons and non-standard interfaces and interactions.
- Layout Editing Mode
- No goddamn Winamp Agent
- Automatically Fill Values
- Autoplaylists
- Undo/Redo of playlist operations (oh darn i messed up => undo => yay)
- Facets (though that's not FB core, of course. And, truth be told, Winamp's media library browser is very similar and pretty good as well. But not nearly as customisable. Har.)
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post Sep 7 2009, 19:16
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Repeating some others but:
- Tagz everywhere. eg. "guess values from filenames", "move files to..."
- Easily restructure/copy your library or parts of it thanks to the feature above.
- Replaygain playback and scanning for every format possible
- foo scrobblecharts - IMHO the most underrated foobar plugin ever. It's like iTunes Genius but without the iTunes and craploads better, but I repeat myself..
- Just works (even on wine)

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post Sep 9 2009, 21:26
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I am a classical music nut. Classical music metadata available from the online databases is useless, actually worse than useless. Foobar's flexibilty lets me specify all the tags I want, create them using masstagger and manage it all through facets. Together with all the other add-ons and display options it's unbeatable. No other player I have tried comes close to enabling a good classical music tagging system
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post Dec 11 2009, 06:12
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Foobar lets me rename files by track and title, which is useful when I have a bunch of songs from my brother's iPod that were changed to four letter titles so you don't know which song is which. tongue.gif

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post Dec 11 2009, 09:51
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I said this a few years ago but

It is Foobars Playlists that do it for me.

I love making playlists and being able to load up several of them (tabbed playlists) is great for me.

Many of the other features are just beyond me at my age.

But I do wish they would make the song being played highlighted at all times, ie the highlight bar drops down with the song being played.

It is a bit of a pain when you look up at your playlist and a song is highlighted, but that is not the song being played now.

Ok there is that little arrow on the left, but that is very insignificant.

I know it is on the To Do List but how hard can it be (as the arrow is there)

Regards

And Thanks again for Foobar

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MartDann
post Dec 11 2009, 15:25
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It plays Music biggrin.gif

Long time ago i've switched from winamp 2.92 to f2k 0.4 or 0.5 and i never looked back ...

There are so much things in foobar that i love, that i can't count it.
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post May 8 2010, 10:44
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Long life to Foobar2000 and it's playlist "undo/redo" (Ctrl+Z/Y) feature. That is the way all softwares should behave. :)
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post May 8 2010, 12:32
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with wsh panel foobar2000 becomes a kind of framework to customize it till it explode.
customizable organize/tagging features.
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post May 8 2010, 14:05
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Plays music.

I'm dead serious, no other player does it on my PC. I don't launch them.


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post May 8 2010, 14:23
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such sings as renaming files by the preset, useful track properties dialog, customization features (I made my own cool player with columns ui, ssena' s plugins and others developers, thanks for this). And I listen in foobar so many cool new artists and its tracks, so I can't figure how much.
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post May 8 2010, 16:05
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Switched from Winamp years ago. Now it's one of the principal program installed on my computer smile.gif

I use it because of its powerful ways to handle large libraries and its beautiful components making it nicer and customizable!

Thanks for this incredible media player smile.gif
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post May 8 2010, 19:42
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QUOTE (Slotos @ May 8 2010, 14:05) *
Plays music.

I'm dead serious, no other player does it on my PC. I don't launch them.

hurrrrr

Anyway, before I got an iPod (5.5G, decent but I'm not too taken by the new ones) and later an OS X computer, I used foobar2000 for its sheer simplicity and format support (I used WavPack images with embedded cuesheets, and had tried other lossless and lossy formats). Also, its customisability offers a lot of potential, though I made little use of it.

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post May 8 2010, 23:56
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QUOTE (Digmen1 @ Dec 11 2009, 02:51) *
But I do wish they would make the song being played highlighted at all times, ie the highlight bar drops down with the song being played.

It is a bit of a pain when you look up at your playlist and a song is highlighted, but that is not the song being played now.


But isn't this what you get with FILE > PREFERENCES > PLAYBACK > check box next to Cursor follows playback.
I am using FACETS as well, but not sure this matters.
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post May 9 2010, 00:50
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QUOTE (dv1989 @ May 8 2010, 20:42) *
hurrrrr

Looks like some elaboration is required.

I switched to foobar2000 in 2003 because of its ability to continue playback after restarting. Winamp did had this feature back then, but not for free, and I couldn't afford it (youth, low salary etc.). In last "say how awesome it is" thread I posted something, but really I'm in no position to compare it to anything else. I don't use anything else (last attempt was two years ago with linux players). Every feature I need I get either out of the box or through plugin.

Dunno if there's anything more awesome than satisfying every need, be it ripping, tagging, organizing, re-encoding or preview generation etc. for seven years. Because if someone's looking for a software - not a fancy gadget - this is the criteria, not the "oh I just copied features list". And those two are the only ones I could provide.


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post May 9 2010, 10:56
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Yeah, I think that's more the kind of thing that the OP was looking for. smile.gif And my criteria, if you're referring to them, are a bit vague because I didn't have a very complex setup.
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post May 10 2010, 15:36
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For me, foobar keeps things simple and uncluttered. I can make the appearance as basic as I choose (good for my bad eyesight) and can see everything that is going on. Since I keep foobar in the tray most of the time, who needs eye candy and complex graphics? Also I love the converter feature where you can make it do just about anything...that's nice to have too. smile.gif


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