Softpedia Editor's Review for XMPlay
Supports various formats such as MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV and many more.
Written by Bogdan Popa on December 13th, 2012
Read an in-depth analysis in our professional review for XMPlay
It's pretty hard to convince an avid computer user to abandon the favorite audio player and try something else. But not if we're talking about XMPlay.
Because this is a light audio player that has the power to fight with any other similar app on the market, as it offers users basically all the things they would ever want from such a software utility.
You may find XMPlay quite unattractive and we've seen a lot of users saying that if there weren't the skins, they would most likely go back to Winamp. Well, XMPlay supports skins too, so the way it looks isn't that important, as every user can make the app look just the way they like.
Excellent audio quality, the ability to play files straight from archives, thus helping you save some time, shortcuts, interpolation and ramping to be sure XMPlay is one of the best tools of its kind.
The program boasts a huge settings menu so you can change basically everything, including file associations, output options, playlist configuration, titles and other appearance settings.
The real goodie is that XMPlay also supports Winamp plugins so if all these aforementioned features aren't enough to convince you, well, you can always teach the app new things with the help of plugins.
XMPlay has so many things to offer, so it's pretty impressive that it remains so light on computer resources all the time, beating most of the other tools in the same software category.
The good thing about XMPlay is the fact that it excels from most points of view, providing an unrivaled sound quality with excellent and well-developed features. If we were to name a bad thing, we would mention the fact that it didn't work with the multimedia keys on your keyboard, but a plugin would most likely solve the problem.
So all in all, you must give XMPlay a shot. It's not as popular as Winamp, but it surely deserves a try.
Here are some key features of "XMPlay":
· Plays the way nature intended
32/24-bit & multi-channel output:
· Take advantage of supporting hardware for ultimate quality
· Gapless playback of all supported formats, crossfading
Interpolation & volume / pan ramping:
· For output that's smoother than a baby's arse!
· Automatic gain control (and Replaygain), 9 band equalizer, reverb, plugin support
· All supported file types (including MODs and archives) can be streamed from FTP and HTTP servers (inc. Shoutcast/Icecast/Icecast2), optionally writing a copy to disk, FTP directories and HTML webpages can be scanned for playable files
· Displays file/format information, messages/tags, and instrument/sample texts, open webpages from the texts
· You decide how you want the track titles to look, title updating from 'net streams and CUE sheets
· A database of your tracks, with directory monitoring, for quick and easy access to the tracks you want to play
Saved / preset settings:
· Save settings (DSP/etc) to be automatically used each time specific tracks or filetypes are played, save presets for quick application at any time
· Write 8/16/24/32-bit WAV files, use external encoders (MP3/OGG/etc), optional level normalization, dithering & noise shaping, individual MOD instrument writing
· Fully customizable shortcuts, including global hotkeys
· Open files/folders from Windows Explorer, drag'n'drop files/folders/shortcuts/URLs, monitor the clipboard for playable URLs, drag'n'drop tracks from XMPlay into other programs, icon customization
· Archived/compressed files can be loaded just like normal files, including support for nested archives
Unicode file support:
· Support for Russian, Chinese, etc.
· Compatible with Sonique plugins, fullscreen display, includes a MOD pattern view
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Recently played tracks list with the option of going back
· List of last 5 track titles for internet streams in "Message" info
· Contains/equals/lower/greater tag searching options
· Search history available via search button menu and quick find option
· Automatic playlist replacement with library search matches
· Playlist history and quick loading/saving of entries
· Playlist saving of only the selected tracks
· Playlist entry removal after playback
· Sorting by album also considers track number
· Use of the track title when writing to file
· Internet streams that are paused too long auto-reconnect on resumption
· MP3/AAC internet stream writing without needing to reconnect
· Toggling/stopping of internet stream/file writing
· HTTP/FTP download support for Winamp plugins that don't include their own HTTP/FTP support
· Improved tag reading support for Winamp input plugins
· Support for Unicode-enabled Winamp input plugins, and support for exotic filenames with non-enabled plugins too
· Improved supp...