Following a topic I’ve already discussed, this time I’ve decided to focus on the free options available in the market for listening to music. And when I’m talking about free, I really mean it. In the previous post, I recommended some apps that, while most of them were freeware, they all wanted the user to purchase something (whether an update, a feature or a “pro” version). So now I’ll present you some best free music players. They are great programs (best mp3 player) that you should keep in mind if you’re considering a audio player change. Let’s review this small list that complements the basic one I’ve posted a few days ago.
1 – AIMP 2
Small and versatile, AIMP 2 reminds of the popular Winamp (although it has nothing to do with it). Great for beginners, it focuses on the task it’s been designed for: to play music. It supports an acceptable range of formats (MP3, WMA, OGG, AAC and many more) and includes an interesting set of audio effects (reverb, echo, flanger, pitch and more). This program also lets you enjoy Shoutcast and Icecast radios.
PROS: Simple and totally customizable. Small sized program with plenty of options. AIMP 2 provides a great amount of information on your tracks and playing habits.
CONS: Its interface can be somewhat confusing. It doesn’t support M3U playlists. You can’t rip your CD.
2 – MusicBee
The perfect software for the people that want to manage its music quickly and efficiently. It also provides several tools for sound adjustment (such as a 10-band equalizer, a preamp and a volume analyzer, among many others). It incorporates a very powerful CD ripper.
PROS: It integrates a file converter. Plenty of options to organize and tag your songs. Accurate controls for small sound adjustments. It syncs with an interesting variety of devices.
CONS: Needs extra software to function (Microsoft Framework and LAME Encoder). It can be a little too advanced for some people.
3 – Foobar2000
Very basic app that provides the key functions to play songs. It can be used as a portable player in your USB device. It can be customized in a few ways but, since the appearance isn’t the main purpose of the Foobar2000, it may be a little difficult to personalize. All in all, this the ideal program for people who just want to play music without adjusting controls.
PROS: Very simple interface. Includes an 18-band equalizer. Doesn’t require high hardware resources.
CONS: Many of its controls are only accessible through the menus (even the equalizer!). Every configuration needs the user’s manual input and they might be too complex for most people. Is not recommended for people who love to tune up their apps.
4 – Jaangle
The exact opposite to Foobar2000: it comes with plenty of customization options with which you can change its appearance (colors, library views) in such forms that you can turn the app into a different player. You can also arrange its windows any way you want it. It comes with an Auto DJ option which will play random songs when the player is open but idle.
PROS: Perfect integration with the Internet allows this app to provide you with album covers and artist’s information. You can also use it to download the lyrics of the music you’re listening. It incorporates a funny game with music trivia.
CONS: Three band equalizer. You can’t edit tags with it. Wrongly tagged songs will be displayed in the playlist on random ways.
Very powerful software which will please people who loves categorizing their music. It comes with nine different ways to arrange your playlists. It includes a suggestions engine which is enabled whenever you are searching specific content. It also provides you with an excellent built-in tag editor.
PROS: Precise equalizer. It incorporates a CD ripper which extracts your CD’s contents to four different formats. Customizable appearance. Great for categorizing your library.
CONS: Needs the LAME Enconder for the ripping function. Doesn’t include skins (you’ll have to search and download them from the Internet and by your own means).
I hope this second part comes in handy for all of you, music lovers. Remember to always look for the software for you, since enjoying music greatly depends on the medium we use to play it. So, try to explore and investigate before settling down with one option.
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