AIMP is my music player of choice right now, because it is everything that Winamp used to be back in the days. Regular readers of the site may see a trend here: whenever great software becomes bloated, I kick it from my system to replace it with leaner and often times as good or even better software.
Well, Winamp had to go after Winamp lite was not really on AOL’s agenda anymore, and AIMP got in. The music player offers everything that you can possibly want from a player. Several player interface, support for all major audio formats right out of the box including mp3, aac, flac, pgg, xm, and midi, plugin engine, multi-user mode support, hotkeys, 32 bit audio processing and a lot more.
What I personally like about the player is that it is lightweight in terms of memory usage, that it ships with an Internet Radio browser, and that it offers dozens of smaller features and settings that you can use if you want, but do not have to. This includes for instance the built-in tag editor, the audio library and converter.
AIMP 3.20 has been released on Friday. It is more of an under-the-hood update than an update that introduces major new features in the client. The following new or improved features are noteworthy:
- The input file caching algorithm has been improved so that it now uses the disk less frequently than before.
- Option to view cover art in its original resolution.
- WASAPI Exclusive support added.
- Metadata support for Internet Radio stations streaming in ASF format has been improved.
- Audio Converter can now encode all selected music files to one file (great for audiobooks or podcasts).
- Files can now be encoded to MusePack.
- The Scheduler can now be set to wake up the computer, close the player before shutdown and switch the computer to sleep mode.
- The drawing speed of the skin engine has been improved.
- OPUS decoder has been added.
A full list of core features updated is available on the official website. There you also find downloads of the program which unfortunately link to file hosting sites only. While that is understandable for a free project without advertisement, it may keep some users from downloading and installing the player. I have verified that the player is clean on Virustotal (0/42 result).
If you are fed up with your current music player, I suggest you give AIMP a try. You can run it in portable mode first to see if it fits the bill before you replace your old player with it.