Listen and convert your music with AIMP

AIMP is a free audio player, with optional portable functionality.

AIMP is a quality audio player, yet absolutely free. It can play MP3 files, Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), Dolby AC-3, Ogg Vorbis, Opus, Speex, Windows Media Audio, Apple Lossless, FLAC, WAV and Audio CDs. It can also play Monkey’s Audio (APE), Tom’s lossless Audio Kompressor (TAK) and True Audio; DTS audio, MP1, MP2, Musepack, OptimFROG, WavPack, MIDI, Impulse Tracker, MO3, MOD, MultiTracker Module, S3M, and Fasttracker 2 Extended Module.

AIMP supports the DirectSound, ASIO and WASAPI audio interfaces, which is necessary if you are preparing a PC HI FI system, and it uses 32-bit audio processing for its 18-band equalizer and built-in sound effects (Reverb, Flanger, Chorus, Pitch, Tempo, Echo, Speed, Bass, Enhancer, Voice Remover). It has an Internet radio browser, and can play from Icecast or custom radio stations.

Other features of AIMP include LastFM Scrobbler, Bookmark and playback queue creation, Multiple playlists – one per tab, CUE Sheet support, Playing media files of up to 250MB directly from RAM, Multiuser mode support, Multi-language interface, Hotkeys (configurable local and global hotkeys), Playlist and Tag editor, Audio library file organizer and search, Alarm clock / Auto shutdown, Support for plug-ins and skins, It will let you connect some Winamp plugins: Input, Gen, DSP, Audio Converter (Any supported audio file can be encoded to WAV, MP3, WMA or OGG); Audio Grabber (Audio CD Tracks can be encoded to WAV, MP3, WMA or OGG format); Sound Recorder (Capture sound from any audio device in your system to mp3, ogg, wav or wma format); Group rename; Audio Library… Unfortunately AIMP does not support auto tagging for the moment.

AIMP is one of the best audio players, free or not, with a disadvantage: if you have a problem you need to solve, you won’t find a lot of support. Is there a way to invoke the information bar using a global shortcut, is it possible to have the information display playlist number instead or along with track number…. I’ve searched a while to find some answer to question like these, with no success. The documentation is poor, a forum is mainly in Russian.

Yet AIMP is easy to use and you won’t find much trouble to understand the basics and more, especially if you are familiar with Winamp. However, some annoyances also exist, such as a ghostly behaviour, when AIMP won’t appear on the usual Alt+Tab Windows chain, or the ineffective documentation. Those annoyances were enough for me to replace AIMP with XMPlay.

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