Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Everybody Likes Pictures
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Well, Foobar2000 has officially become my newest favorite music player. Mostly because it is so customizable and neat. And because it is not a memory hog. It follows the idea of Keepin' it simple. The base application is pretty simple: it basically just plays sound files, nothing else. YOU decide what additional functionality it is you want (via downloadable plugins).
Currently I like the setup as shown in the picture. Shown with the following plugins (at least the visible ones):
- Columns UI - This is what allows the song list to be displayed in columns, and it adds things like the sidebar. The songlist columns can be anything you want and shown in any way you want.
- Album List Panel - This shows a list of your songs on the left side there. This list is used to easily populate the playlist (main window). In the image, it is displaying the songs organized by directory structure. I think this plugin requires the Database plugin.
- Album Art Panel - This plugin shows a picture of the album (or whatever), based on a set of rules to know where to find the image for each song.
- Column UI tabs - This plugin is used to get the items to layout the way you see them. It makes a panel with tabs.
- Simple Spectrum Panel - This plugin shows a spectrum of the song as it is playing. A pretty nifty visualization. I like looking at it. It is basically a spectrogram, which shows time on the x-axis and frequency on the y-axis. The low frequencies at the bottom, and the high at the top. The color shows intensity (volume) with yellow being loud and purple being quiet.
I believe all these plugins can be found at 3rd party foobar2000 components.
For a detailed guide to Foobar2000, see The User Guide