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Winamp Lite v5.66

Andrew Lee on 21 Dec 2013

Winamp is the grand-daddy of MP3 players. It has strong support for different skins and plug-ins, which you can download from the website. Skins and plug-ins are portable as well.

Note: Winamp development has been stopped.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder.
Stealth: ? No. Creates one folder and file to %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\. For full registry changes, read this.
Unicode support: Yes. You need to select a proper Unicode font (such as Arial Unicode MS) for display under Preferences, General Preferences, Playlist, Use font.
Path portability: No
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download "Winamp Lite" installer
  2. Extract using 7-Zip Portable to a folder of your choice
  3. Remove all files and folders that begin with "$".
  4. Create an empty file called "Winamp.ini". Open this file in a text editor and paste:

    [Winamp]
    no_registry=1
    newverchk=0
    newverchk2=0
    newverchk3=0
    inet_mode=2
    [WinampReg]
    NeedReg=0
    IsFirstInst=0

  5. Launch winamp.exe
Note that the above extraction instructions are only applicable to Winamp Lite. Hank7 has kindly contributed extraction instructions for Winamp Full.
Similar/alternative apps: AIMP, foobar2000, XMPlay
What's new?
  • Improved: Added a Reset button to clear history in the Open/Add URL dialog
  • Improved: Added an option to disable the mouse wheel from altering the volume
  • Improved: Added more commandline switches (run: winamp.exe /? to see full list)
  • Improved: All menus now use the skinned style when option is enabled in ML settings
  • Improved: Disable all online features when no internet connection selected in Prefs
  • Improved: High DPI & text scaling compatibility fixes for dialogs & library views
  • Improved: Increased notification area tooltips up to 128 chars (instead of 64)
  • Improved: Library views now optionally group the 'Play' and 'Enqueue' buttons
  • Improved: Mass metadata editor from library now also available in Playlist Editor
  • Improved: Retry UAC prompt if user previously selected "No" (for relevant settings)
  • Improved: Speed-up of Winamp shutdown process
  • Improved: [gen_ff] Added a setting to control show/hide time for docked toolbars
  • Improved: [gen_ml] Drag & drop handling tweaks
  • Improved: [ml_downloads] Added 'Size' column
  • Improved: [ml_history] New options for resuming playback (for podcasts or all files)
  • Improved: [ml_history] Added a 'Play Offset' column with right-click option to clear
  • Improved: [ml_local] Added Podcast, BPM & Rating fields to Ctrl+E metadata editor
  • Improved: [ml_playlists] Option to use source file instead of database-managed copy
  • Improved: [ml_nowplaying/wire] Added support to use alternative services
  • Improved: [ml_pmp] Added a simple view to match Local library support
  • Improved: [pmp_android/usb] Added support to File Name Formatting
  • Fixed: Agent not using Winamp window if a clone is already running (eg. KMPlayer)
  • Fixed: Length not being read when set to read titles on load
  • Fixed: Ratings-related freeze on right-clicking large selections in playlist editor
  • Fixed: Saving to wrong extension for the 'Save As' action in the Alt+3 Artwork tab
  • Fixed: Unicode characters not displaying in taskbar when some old plugins are present
  • Fixed: Various issues with aero-peek and docking of freeform skins as an appbar
  • Fixed: [gen_jumpex] 'Jump to File' window not always visible when pressing 'J' or 'F3'
  • Fixed: [gen_ff] Docking to bottom/right when windowframe scale is anything but 1.0
  • Fixed: [gen_tray] Lockup/double-start issues when using the 'Prev' action
  • Fixed: [in_flac] Removal of embedded artwork
  • Fixed: [in_midi] Memory comparison crash with badly formed .kar files
  • Fixed: [libmp4v2] Crash due to invalid pointer check on corrupt files
  • Fixed: [pmp_android/usb] Crash on bad path
  • Fixed: [pmp_android/usb] Use filename if no metadata available to generate filepath
  • Misc: [installer] Added a "Winamp (Safe Mode)" option to start menu icons
  • Misc: More general tweaks, improvements, fixes and optimizations (lots of them!)
  • Updated: [enc_fhgaac] Fraunhofer AAC Encoder v3.02.16
  • Updated: [enc/in_vorbis] libogg 1.3.1
  • Updated: [gen_jumpex] JTFE v1.3
  • Updated: [in_wave] libsndfile 1.0.25
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2013-11-21 05:48

AOL has announced that Winamp will be discontinued:

http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/06/winamp-how-greatest-mp3-player-undid-itself/
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Winamp-to-Be-Discontinued-on-December-20-2013-402176.shtml

There are petitions for open-sourcing Winamp:

PETITION - SIGN NOW to ask for Winamp to go open source
http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?t=373763

AOL: Keep Winamp alive or let it go open source
https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/aol-keep-winamp-alive-or-let-it-go-open-source

It seems 5.66 will be the last Winamp version.

Midas on 2013-11-21 14:30

The Ars Technica article posted by smaragdus above is great reading. Thanks. I was once an eager user of the free Winamp, so I have signed the petition...

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Trout v1.0.6 build 71 Updated

Checker on 15 Jul 2014

Trout is an audio player supporting most major audio formats, tags and internet radio streams. It offers Last.fm, Libre.fm and freeDB support as well as hotkeys capability and more.

Based on the BASS audio engine and written in AutoHotkey.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch trout.exe.
What's new?
  • Fixed: "Open file location" didn't work properly if the filename contained certain characters.
Latest comments
baz on 2011-01-08 10:54

A very nice player, I use it often.

Gmacri on 2011-01-11 12:28

Very Good Audio Player
with a great potential to futures updates
I would like to see tabbed playlists
and Equalizer in futures updates

hamasaki on 2013-11-11 08:47

Great player and one of my favourites. Nice and easy to use.

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1by1 v1.81

Checker on 9 Nov 2013

1by1 is a lightweight and low-resource usage audio player that plays directories or whole drives, with optional playlist/favorites support. The program remembers last track and position, supports gapless playback or crossfading between tracks, audio enhancer, and Winamp 2.x input plugin support. Manage your collection from within the program including folder compare, delete, rename while playing, move, and more.

Supports most popular formats including MP3, OGG, MP4, CDs and more.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch 1by1.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Foobar2000
What's new?
  • Flat window style with adjustable color.
  • Optional white buttons and solid sliders.
  • List view flicker reducements.
  • Natural numerical ordering.
  • Big view config tab re-design.
  • Year, Album for info column.
  • Other improvements.
Latest comments
Cattleya on 2013-07-14 04:38

More information: If you want 1by1 100% portable without registry touch, please download mpglib.dll in official website and bass.dll (optional, improve audio experience only), and go to Options -> Decoder -> change decoder to mpglib.dll, go to System and tick Force portable....
And now we have a music play fully portable :)

Normally if we use ACM Decoder, Windows will touch and change this registry:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\AudioCompressionManager\DriverCache\msacm.l3acm]
"fdwSupport"=dword:00000001
"cFormatTags"=dword:00000002
"aFormatTagCache"=hex(3):01,00,00,00,10,00,00,00,55,00,00,00,1E,00,00,00
"cFilterTags"=dword:00000000

__philippe on 2013-08-03 15:31

Alternative:
For a couple more *diminutive* audio players (one of which is just 4.6k !), check the forums here:
http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=65603

__philippe

hamasaki on 2013-10-27 20:56

My favourite player. Not over loaded with pointless skins and visuals. Just a nice easy to use player.

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Nemp v4.6.2

Checker on 27 Apr 2013

Nemp (Noch Ein Mp3-Player) is an intuitive and easy-to-use audio player. The program features a media library with support for drag & drop and tag-cloud organization, as well as coverflow, webradio, a Web server for remote control and much more.

Based on the BASS audio library.

Category:
System Requirements: WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware (Nemp is GPL, required/included BASS libraries are Freeware)
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch nemp.exe.
What's new?
  • Encoding issue in the webserver solved: Non-Ascii-Characters have not been displayed correctly.
Latest comments
kowcop on 2011-10-18 22:46

I like this player a lot. I love that it can be setup to use relative paths for the music folder (I had to edit the config file for this). My only gripe so far is that it will not read the coverart from the ID3 tags... it only looks at the art in the folders.

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Songbird Portable v2.2.0

Checker on 26 Jan 2014
  • 76MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by Checker

Songbird is a feature-rich iTunes-like media manager and player with easy-to-navigate media library and a long list of supported devices. Like iTunes, the program supports audio, video, and photo sync, and can import or export to or from iTunes. The program supports a long list of devices, audio formats, and skins to change the look and feel.

The program supports folder watch, dynamic playlists, album artwork, gapless playback, equalizer, etc. Includes an integrated web browser (Firefox) and works with internet radio sources. Optional add-ons are available to extend features with several default and downloadable tools including CD-rip, concert look-up for artists, lyrics, music store and both Quicktime (if installed) and Windows Media Video formats.

Songbird Portable is a portable version of the standard program. Clients available for Mac and many Android devices.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Partial
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: Launcher: GPL, Songbird: GPL, MPL, and others
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SongbirdPortable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Foobar2000, Winyl
Latest comments
webfork on 2011-04-21 14:22

Additional note: the program appears to freeze when asked to scan directories with more than around 100 gigs of music.

a on 2011-04-22 18:02

I was one of the many people begging for Songbird Portable back when it was just a "hatchling". I believe it took 1-2 years before an official portable version was made -- by that time Foobar2000 became my inseparable best mate. Sure Songbird is the new kid on the block and Speed, memory and no itunes support will probably be it's Achilles heal, but it has a lot of potential through add-ons and it's web support.

Midas on 2012-11-12 16:43

As I dislike PA.com launchers myself, I went looking around for alternatives and found SongChick (for more info, see http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=60297#p60297).

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