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Xion v1.5.160

webfork on 9 Feb 2016
  • 8MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 Feb 2016
  • Suggested by Simon.T

Xion is a high fidelity audio player with gapless playback, 10 band equalizer with presets, MP3/OGG net radio streaming, customizable global hotkeys, full system tray functionality etc. Also features the ability to create your own skins without complex scripting.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Xion.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: XMPlay, OooPlayer
What's new?
  • Added support for a new option to disable the screensaver while playing audio.
  • Allow font size changes on the Playlist window text.
  • Set the net buffer amount to 10000.
Latest comments
a on 2008-04-18 10:29

has its flaws, for one the hot keys are off, 'ctrl + alt + num 7' to pause, 'ctrl + alt + num 0' for play.. i would rather press just one key e.g. space for pause/play, enter for stop/play.. unfortunately i cannot find a way to set such a hotkey. a minor quirk the main interface is only fully skinned, the playlist, visuals isn't and it uses a bit of memory 9 + megs, some good things are the sound quality, and it being easily skinned. i'd say given a few more releases this will be something to look out for.

Technomancer on 2008-05-09 11:56

This is 'THE' best media player that i've found yet. I'm so impressed with it that i've just made a donation.

I'd recommend it, in fact, I 'DO' Recommend it!.

DarkShadow on 2016-02-09 12:44

v1.5.160 (2016-02-09) released !

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Trout v1.0.6 build 76

Checker on 11 Aug 2015
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 11 Aug 2015
  • Suggested by freakazoid

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

Based on the BASS audio engine and written in AutoHotkey.

System Requirements: 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?
  • Added an "Autoplay on add" feature under Tools > Options > General.
  • Updated BASS and all plugins.
  • Fixed some parsing issues with displayed lyrics.
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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Boom v1.0.21

webfork on 17 Dec 2015
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 7 Apr 2015
  • Suggested by lautrepay

Boom is a lightweight and simple audio player featuring gapless playback, ReplayGain support, a convenient structured genre/artist/album/song view of the indexed files, etc. The program supports most major formats including MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, Musepack (MPC), WavPack, WAV, AIFF, MP4/M4A and WMA.

Developed by the author of foobar2000, the program includes a simplified version of it's Properties dialog that provides basic tagging capabilities.

Note: When running in portable mode, Boom will index the contents of the folder it's installed in.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download Boom.exe to a folder of your choice
  2. Create two empty text files in the application folder and then give them the following names:
    • Boom.exe.localconfig.opt
    • Boom.exe.locallibrary.opt
  3. Launch Boom.exe
Similar/alternative apps: OooPlayer, Foobar2000
What's new?
  • Fixed MP4/M4A tagging compatibility issue.
Latest comments
Napiophelios on 2012-02-05 12:49

I agree,minimizing to tray and hotkey would make this perfect.
It works great from my mp3 player.It can use the random playlist the mp3 player generated so I dont miss the random button so much.

lautrepay on 2012-02-05 23:16

I'm afraid that hotkey support is not in the immediate plans of Mr. Pawlowski for Boom: "Noteworthy features currently missing:
Internet radio playback is not supported.
No easy way to integrate with Windows Explorer other than manually going through "open with" / "choose default program" for every relevant file type.
No audio CD playback."
Just a guess, but with this GUI I think the target is touchscreens...

User2100 on 2014-11-29 19:45

There are lighter lightweight players with more features, but this is a single executable player that doesn't seem to "cheat" by using OS decoders. It starts instantly and the interface looks very nice (truly minimalistic and not just tiny and clumped up). I'm very much missing a time slider though. That's not a small feature to leave out of a media player. It only has fast forward and reverse, which is not very useful for things like skimming trough mixes.

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OooPlayer v2.1.2

webfork on 9 Feb 2016
  • 25MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 21 Feb 2015
  • Suggested by billon

OooPlayer is a skinnable, minimalistic music and Internet radio player/recorder trading a basic feature set for low resource usage and fast startup. Includes skins, internet radio recording, lyric downloader.

Supports mp3, aac, ogg, opus, flac, alac, ape, mpc, tta, wv, wma, ac3 formats as well as m3u and m3u8 playlists.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes. If 'check for updates' is disabled.
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the self-extracting "portable" EXE and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Within this folder, create an empty text file and paste the following content:


  3. Rename the text file to settings.ini
  4. Launch OooPlayer.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Boom
What's new? Added:
  • General: Many skins (over 100).
  • General: An option to specify playlist item text combination.
  • Music player: Small buttons below the playlist for easier access to some functions.
  • Music player: New playlists could overwrite the old ones in some cases.
  • General: Blinking when changing a skin.
  • Tag libraries.
  • Skin library.
Latest comments
Checker on 2014-08-10 13:55

@ spicydog: Yes ... and changed ;)

smaragdus on 2014-08-25 13:19

OooPlayer version 1.2 released.

Checker on 2014-08-25 15:33

@ smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)

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Winamp Lite v5.66

webfork on 31 May 2015
  • 12MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 Dec 2013
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

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.

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:


  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:

There are petitions for open-sourcing Winamp:

PETITION - SIGN NOW to ask for Winamp to go open source

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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