AIMP2 has been my favorite software music player for some time. It replaced several tools that I have used throughout the years, from Winamp Lite over XMPlay to iTunes. AIMP2 had a lot to offer: It was compatible with most music formats out of the box and lightweight enough for even low end PC systems.
The developer of AIMP has just released a first beta of AIMP3, and boy does it look good.
One of the biggest changes in AIMP3 is a completely revamped interface design wise. The controls have remained the same more or less though. New users find many controls in the upper left corner of the play window to configure the extensive settings of the music player.
Major changes that are mentioned on the (Russian) project site are:
- New style of program and project as a whole
- Full support for translucent texture covers
- Own audio engine (the system audio output)
- Completely reworked music library
- Full support for ReplayGain
All changes are visible on this page. It is best to use a translation service like Google Translate to navigate the website, unless Russian is one of the languages understood.
The audio library can be filled with music from local hard drives, remote drives, removable drives and playlists. It furthermore offers access to IceCast, ShoutCast and custom Internet radio stations straight from the interface.
The core features are all included in the beta, from recording Internet radio over the cover art downloader and LastFM Scrobbler to the tag editor and alarm clock. Users who spend some time using AIMP3 will find a lot of features that may be very useful for them.
AIMP3 is available for download at the developer site. The site links only to file hosting sites for the download. A scan at Virus Total reported a clean file except for one hit that is likely a false positive.
Users need to select English as the language during installation for an English software interface.