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What is the most user-friendly audio player? (2009)
What is the most user-friendly audio player?
What is the most user-friendly audio player?
Amarok [ 7 ] ** [2.01%]
foobar2000 [ 138 ] ** [39.54%]
Helium Music Manager [ 1 ] ** [0.29%]
iTunes [ 75 ] ** [21.49%]
MediaMonkey [ 20 ] ** [5.73%]
MusicBee [ 12 ] ** [3.44%]
MusikCube [ 2 ] ** [0.57%]
Songbird [ 5 ] ** [1.43%]
Winamp [ 61 ] ** [17.48%]
Windows Media Player [ 28 ] ** [8.02%]
Which players do you consider to be user-friendly?
Amarok [ 44 ] ** [5.50%]
foobar2000 [ 189 ] ** [23.63%]
Helium Music Manager [ 8 ] ** [1.00%]
iTunes [ 134 ] ** [16.75%]
MediaMonkey [ 63 ] ** [7.88%]
MusicBee [ 25 ] ** [3.13%]
MusikCube [ 18 ] ** [2.25%]
Songbird [ 61 ] ** [7.63%]
Winamp [ 169 ] ** [21.13%]
Windows Media Player [ 89 ] ** [11.13%]
Total Votes: 631
  
Canar
post Dec 10 2009, 15:42
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I've sorted the links by name, alphabetically. This is pursuant to discussion here. I've included both a single-choice and a multiple-choice poll because considering many pieces of software to be user-friendly is a valid response. Sorry I could not include all the options, there's a limit of 10.

What qualities do the software you consider to be "user-friendly" have that the others lack that gives them the edge?


I really have to face the music: I am a foobar2000 fanboy. To me, there is no software that compares. The one place where foobar2000 is not user-friendly is in configuration. However, this is irrelevant to me, because configuration is complicated regardless of the software you choose to use.

foobar2000 makes everything easy, and after being configured once, allows immediate access to a whole slew of features, from conversion, to ReplayGain, to secure ripping, to tagging, to moving. All of these are quick, efficient, and streamlined. It's the fastest way to work with my music. The speed at which it works is directly related to its ease-of-use. The Properties dialog, where all the usual tagging happens, is the best solution I have ever seen to the difficult problem of mass-tagging. Sure there are features that will grab metadata from elsewhere, but none of them come without caveats.

It has proven its ease-of-use and user-friendliness over the years, as I introduce new people to it and watch them clue in to both how powerful it is and how natural it is. The focus of foobar2000 has always been significantly on the UI. Initially, it was simply that the UI was Win32 as opposed to the abortions that were skinned players at the time. Even as a simple noisy notepad, however, foobar2000 has had the power to make the user-experience simple and effective.

On top of all of the simple features, foobar2000 offers a huge library of more complicated technical features. However, you don't need to even look at the technical features.

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post Dec 22 2009, 04:03
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Holy Cow! If Foobar is anywhere near user-friendly, I'm much dumber than I thought. I truly wish it was as easy to use as some folks make it seem. I got so frustrated with it that I removed it from my computer. To me user-friendly would mean that you can start using it right away (the basics anyway), then spend a few minutes browsing the help file to comprehend the rest of the features. Everyone on this forum probably has vastly more experience than myself regarding music players. In fact, I've only had a computer for about 7 or 8 years. The first audio player I remember using was called Musicmatch (I think). I was perfectly happy with that until Yahoo came along and screwed it up. So, I then used WMP for a while until I discovered mp3 players and the importance of secure and accurate ripping (I had wondered why some of the CDs I burned had some imperfections, but I just blamed it on the disc). Then I found out about EAC and more recently dBpoweramp. EAC was very difficult to set up for me. I spent at least several weeks of my spare time pouring through Google searches for guides, going to forums like this one and plain old trial and error until I think I have it figured out. dBpoweramp is very simple (user-friendly) and I love it, although I still use EAC on the rare occasions I can't get a perfect rip with dB. Of course, in the course of learning about these rippers I also learned about LAME and FLAC (I'm almost embarrassed to admit I had been using the .wma format because it took up less space and I didn't know any better). So now I have nearly all of my CDs ripped to flac on an external hard drive and used dB Music Converter (also very simple to use) to encode to mp3s on my main HDD for listening to and loading up my portable mp3 players, which leads me (finally) to the topic of this discussion. First I did try FB2K, but at that time I was engrossed in trying to figure out EAC, so I was a bit overwhelmed and ditched it. Next up were Winamp and Media Monkey, both of which I liked and still use. To me Winamp was a little easier to use right off the bat, but as I've gotten used to both of them I am liking Media Monkey more and more (free versions of each). To me, a true newbie, I find those 2 players along with WMP the most simple and straight forward and yes, user-friendly. Currently I'm searching for a free CD burner that I feel comfortable with and is compatible with Vista. I have been using the burners that came with the software for a couple of external drives (Nero and Roxio), which are fine unless you are making a compilation CD from several different albums. I want one that you can level the volume in an uncomplicated way without damaging your mp3 file. After I figure that one out I plan on playing around with foobar some more because it seems like an awesome player in that you can do so much with it if you can master it.
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- Canar   What is the most user-friendly audio player? (2009)   Dec 10 2009, 15:42
- - Canar   What players do you know then, Squeller? I know t...   Dec 10 2009, 16:00
|- - Squeller   QUOTE (Canar @ Dec 10 2009, 16:00) What p...   Dec 10 2009, 17:40
- - Yirkha   Meh, a poll. I was afraid it would appear, as it w...   Dec 10 2009, 16:02
|- - Mark7   I voted for winamp as most user-friendly. And for ...   Dec 10 2009, 16:15
- - Canar   I'm hoping the multiple-choice vote will offse...   Dec 10 2009, 16:14
- - Canar   Argh. I just realized I missed J. River... >_...   Dec 10 2009, 16:20
- - GHammer   I would consider all players 'user friendly...   Dec 10 2009, 16:33
- - jmcguckin   actually, being a long-time iTunes user, I had to ...   Dec 10 2009, 16:36
- - yerma   I gave a null vote. I've been using Winamp and...   Dec 10 2009, 16:37
- - rpp3po   QUOTE (Canar @ Dec 10 2009, 15:42) foobar...   Dec 10 2009, 21:07
|- - timcupery   QUOTE (rpp3po @ Dec 10 2009, 15:07) I thi...   Feb 12 2010, 16:46
- - Axon   I suspect most of my peers believe I think like an...   Dec 10 2009, 23:17
- - greynol   This is HA so the deck is stacked. Null vote for ...   Dec 10 2009, 23:27
- - q-stankovic   (sorry for the bad english) I often use the word ...   Dec 10 2009, 23:38
- - antman   1. iTunes 2. WMP 3. Winamp Winamp is my primary, ...   Dec 11 2009, 01:44
- - Antonski   I would prefer another title, for example "Wh...   Dec 11 2009, 14:52
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (Antonski @ Dec 11 2009, 08:52) I w...   Dec 22 2009, 09:54
- - Artie   For me . . . VUPlayer. Simple, clean interface. No...   Dec 12 2009, 04:20
- - randal1013   the most user-friendly.....well that depends on th...   Dec 12 2009, 15:36
|- - 2E7AH   1. MusikCube 2. foobar2000 QUOTE (randal1013 ...   Dec 12 2009, 19:07
|- - randal1013   QUOTE (2E7AH @ Dec 12 2009, 13:07) 1. Mus...   Dec 13 2009, 16:24
- - ImBullseye   I think the Zune software is quite easy to use. I ...   Dec 12 2009, 16:28
- - no404error   1. Winamp 2. AIMP 3. iTunes   Dec 12 2009, 17:35
- - texasflood   Holy Cow! If Foobar is anywhere near user-frie...   Dec 22 2009, 04:03
- - FasterThanEver   I'm a very happy J. River Media Center user. ...   Dec 22 2009, 08:08
|- - RickH   I voted for iTunes, WMP & Winamp...not familia...   Jul 28 2010, 21:55
- - JensRex   I can't answer the poll, because I've used...   Dec 22 2009, 12:52
- - Shemuel   iTunes is probably the most user-friendly. It come...   Dec 22 2009, 14:37
- - Takla   User friendly is a term that means different thing...   Dec 23 2009, 00:52
- - Canar   Thank you for the commentary Takla. I mostly agree...   Dec 23 2009, 02:57
- - Peter Prochazka   MusicBee is my no. 1. I have tried almost everyone...   Dec 23 2009, 09:23
- - Meeko   I've been an avid foobar user for years now. ...   Dec 24 2009, 16:55
- - blammo   Have to say MusicBee. Used Foobar for years way b...   Dec 29 2009, 10:36
- - Bodhi   I'm a foobar user and I love it. But there...   Jan 31 2010, 20:42
- - DonP   The first time I tried foobar it seem distinctly u...   Jan 31 2010, 21:21
|- - rpp3po   iTunes has never saved rips with DRM.   Jan 31 2010, 21:48
|- - DonP   QUOTE (rpp3po @ Jan 31 2010, 15:48) iTune...   Jan 31 2010, 21:57
|- - rpp3po   You may have thought, that that encoded m4a files ...   Jan 31 2010, 22:14
- - а.п.т.   I guess this topic should be moved to pool section...   Feb 12 2010, 12:23
- - viktor   for those who don't speak english, l10n is imp...   Feb 12 2010, 13:29
- - 2E7AH   foobar is friendly for people who use computers fo...   Feb 12 2010, 17:03
|- - rpp3po   Old grumps, who only like other old grumps who can...   Feb 12 2010, 17:23
- - kornchild2002   I voted for iTunes as that is what I have used for...   Feb 12 2010, 17:23
- - 2E7AH   @rpp3po: lol, dos 3.3 - best OS for 286 and dont...   Feb 12 2010, 17:34
- - BoraBora   I'd prefer not to vote because my knowledge of...   Feb 12 2010, 22:27
- - birdie   Juk.   Feb 13 2010, 14:26
- - krmathis   iTunes all the way. ...and in all fairness you hav...   Feb 13 2010, 21:07
- - MartDann   No Vote... i can't compare, i have only used ...   Feb 17 2010, 19:12
- - LANjackal   WMP's metadata retrieval/automatic tagging cap...   Feb 17 2010, 22:20
- - Captain panda   I guess I am in the minority here, but I think VLC...   Feb 18 2010, 06:47
|- - Baiko   QUOTE (Captain panda @ Feb 18 2010, 07:47...   Oct 15 2010, 14:37
- - Porcus   If fb2k were just removed from the poll, then the ...   Feb 22 2010, 13:05
- - B7k   Was a winamp user for along time but have been usi...   Mar 4 2010, 15:58
- - falconsoars   My favorite audio player(s): There are a lot of m...   Aug 18 2010, 06:59
- - LeoL   I've used most of the players around and now f...   Aug 22 2010, 17:46
- - googlebot   I had a look at MusicBee recently, and it is reall...   Aug 22 2010, 21:54
|- - Hansen   I've tried about every music player that's...   Sep 26 2010, 09:27
- - EazyB-FRAC   Oddly enough, "Media Player Classic" isn...   Oct 2 2010, 22:24
|- - woody_woodward   Another vote here for Media Player Classic. Bloat...   Nov 25 2010, 18:15
- - q-stankovic   It's a shame that many posts are proving true ...   Oct 15 2010, 19:52
- - greynol   We have gotten lots of spam for VLC, to the point ...   Oct 15 2010, 20:41
- - googlebot   That's really strange. For a open source playe...   Oct 16 2010, 00:09
- - greynol   It is true nonetheless, googlebot.   Oct 16 2010, 00:20
- - SamDeRe81   There can be no doubt, iTunes has surpassed all ot...   Nov 25 2010, 05:22
- - vpa   Before 2009 it was iTunes, 2009 it was JavaTunes, ...   Nov 25 2010, 18:30
- - MahFlac   foobar. It's absolutely amazing and does ever...   Jul 25 2012, 16:11
- - Canar   I'm closing this topic. It's old and far t...   Jul 25 2012, 16:44


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