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What is the most user-friendly audio player? (2009)
What is the most user-friendly audio player?
What is the most user-friendly audio player?
Amarok [ 7 ] ** [2.01%]
foobar2000 [ 138 ] ** [39.54%]
Helium Music Manager [ 1 ] ** [0.29%]
iTunes [ 75 ] ** [21.49%]
MediaMonkey [ 20 ] ** [5.73%]
MusicBee [ 12 ] ** [3.44%]
MusikCube [ 2 ] ** [0.57%]
Songbird [ 5 ] ** [1.43%]
Winamp [ 61 ] ** [17.48%]
Windows Media Player [ 28 ] ** [8.02%]
Which players do you consider to be user-friendly?
Amarok [ 44 ] ** [5.50%]
foobar2000 [ 189 ] ** [23.63%]
Helium Music Manager [ 8 ] ** [1.00%]
iTunes [ 134 ] ** [16.75%]
MediaMonkey [ 63 ] ** [7.88%]
MusicBee [ 25 ] ** [3.13%]
MusikCube [ 18 ] ** [2.25%]
Songbird [ 61 ] ** [7.63%]
Winamp [ 169 ] ** [21.13%]
Windows Media Player [ 89 ] ** [11.13%]
Total Votes: 631
  
Canar
post Dec 10 2009, 15:42
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I've sorted the links by name, alphabetically. This is pursuant to discussion here. I've included both a single-choice and a multiple-choice poll because considering many pieces of software to be user-friendly is a valid response. Sorry I could not include all the options, there's a limit of 10.

What qualities do the software you consider to be "user-friendly" have that the others lack that gives them the edge?


I really have to face the music: I am a foobar2000 fanboy. To me, there is no software that compares. The one place where foobar2000 is not user-friendly is in configuration. However, this is irrelevant to me, because configuration is complicated regardless of the software you choose to use.

foobar2000 makes everything easy, and after being configured once, allows immediate access to a whole slew of features, from conversion, to ReplayGain, to secure ripping, to tagging, to moving. All of these are quick, efficient, and streamlined. It's the fastest way to work with my music. The speed at which it works is directly related to its ease-of-use. The Properties dialog, where all the usual tagging happens, is the best solution I have ever seen to the difficult problem of mass-tagging. Sure there are features that will grab metadata from elsewhere, but none of them come without caveats.

It has proven its ease-of-use and user-friendliness over the years, as I introduce new people to it and watch them clue in to both how powerful it is and how natural it is. The focus of foobar2000 has always been significantly on the UI. Initially, it was simply that the UI was Win32 as opposed to the abortions that were skinned players at the time. Even as a simple noisy notepad, however, foobar2000 has had the power to make the user-experience simple and effective.

On top of all of the simple features, foobar2000 offers a huge library of more complicated technical features. However, you don't need to even look at the technical features.

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post Dec 10 2009, 23:38
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(sorry for the bad english)

I often use the word "userfriendly" so that i should exactly know what it means. However i feel the difficulty to give an good definition. Is WMP more userfriendly than foobar2000 just because the user doesn't have to learn Titleformatting or is foobar2000 more userfriendly because you will never watch your library in WMP sorted by f.e. lyricist/year/artist? If you then take a look at Helium Music Manager you will see more than 32 views in the library that will suit the needs of most users and that also can be modified in the preferences without any usage of a language . Does that mean HMM is the most userfriendly program of the three? After all you must acknowledge that foobar doesn't force you to use complex title formatting: the album list comes out of box with some views and for the most views you really don't need more than some knowledge about some simple conditional and string functions. So is foobar2000 the winner regarding userfriendlieness?

I gave up to decide wich player at the whole is the most userfriendly one. Nevertheless, it could make sense just to compare parts of the players with correspondending functionality in other players. When i compare the "Automatically fill values" window with correspondending parts of Media Monkey, HMM or JRiver so this little window is a good exemplar for userfriendlieness: it is so simple to use and you don't have to think several hours until you completely understand how it operates - nonetheless it is more powerful than the same tools in other programs. On the other side: Compare foobar2000s query syntax with HMMs graphical query editor - it is more fun to use the latter one. I would say that this the most important criterion: not to get headache to learn how something works and why it works in its special way.
( By the way: in that sense the tagging program "the godfather" is the most horrible program at all)

Let me illustrate that with some arbitrary examples in HMM and foobar:

Userfriendlieness in HMM
  • You have powerful features like the Music Information Browser and the Artist Relations wich can be used in an intuitive way. You won't need a tutorial to learn how to edit artist relations wich can be defined manually, by library content or by fetching data from dicogs/last.fm - you will just do it.
  • The main parts of the player (playlist browser, library, album browser, artist browser, music information browser, search) are quickly to find and reachable.
  • In the latest version the context menu command got a more logical arrangement.
  • A simple-to-use query editor

Not so userfriendly in HMM
  • I still have problems to understand how the tag editor works with multiple selections.
  • Some windows can have three childwindow so that you easily can loose overview.

Userfriendlieness in foobar2000
  • Removal of unnecessary options in version 0.9 till 1.0b
  • Believe me or not: my sister as she bought her first computer one year ago decided in favor of foobar2000 and against winamp - she told me that winamp is too complicated.
  • So many little things like: a big button in album list that tells you to add music to your library and brings you to the right page in preferences.
  • Powerful tools (converter, fileops, properties window, ...) that are easy to handle

Not so userfriendly in foobar2000
  • Sorting, columns, groups and layouts are cluttered and doesn't have a central place. While the sort strings are available in main menu and definable in advanced preferences, the groups and columns are available on rightclick of header in playlist view and definable in an own page in preferences. The layouts on the contrary are available in quick setup window and its definition is the best hidden feature in foobar2000. You may say: so what? - that is your subjective opinion, I would then give an objective criterion: all these four elements are related to list view and are an unity.
  • Many small things.

To sum it up: I cannot say wich player is the most userfriendly so i didn't vote. For me it is more important to see how each of the players can improve their friendlieness for its users. And all the three player i like (Foobar2000, HMM and JRiver) are improveable


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- Canar   What is the most user-friendly audio player? (2009)   Dec 10 2009, 15:42
- - Canar   What players do you know then, Squeller? I know t...   Dec 10 2009, 16:00
|- - Squeller   QUOTE (Canar @ Dec 10 2009, 16:00) What p...   Dec 10 2009, 17:40
- - Yirkha   Meh, a poll. I was afraid it would appear, as it w...   Dec 10 2009, 16:02
|- - Mark7   I voted for winamp as most user-friendly. And for ...   Dec 10 2009, 16:15
- - Canar   I'm hoping the multiple-choice vote will offse...   Dec 10 2009, 16:14
- - Canar   Argh. I just realized I missed J. River... >_...   Dec 10 2009, 16:20
- - GHammer   I would consider all players 'user friendly...   Dec 10 2009, 16:33
- - jmcguckin   actually, being a long-time iTunes user, I had to ...   Dec 10 2009, 16:36
- - yerma   I gave a null vote. I've been using Winamp and...   Dec 10 2009, 16:37
- - rpp3po   QUOTE (Canar @ Dec 10 2009, 15:42) foobar...   Dec 10 2009, 21:07
|- - timcupery   QUOTE (rpp3po @ Dec 10 2009, 15:07) I thi...   Feb 12 2010, 16:46
- - Axon   I suspect most of my peers believe I think like an...   Dec 10 2009, 23:17
- - greynol   This is HA so the deck is stacked. Null vote for ...   Dec 10 2009, 23:27
- - q-stankovic   (sorry for the bad english) I often use the word ...   Dec 10 2009, 23:38
- - antman   1. iTunes 2. WMP 3. Winamp Winamp is my primary, ...   Dec 11 2009, 01:44
- - Antonski   I would prefer another title, for example "Wh...   Dec 11 2009, 14:52
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (Antonski @ Dec 11 2009, 08:52) I w...   Dec 22 2009, 09:54
- - Artie   For me . . . VUPlayer. Simple, clean interface. No...   Dec 12 2009, 04:20
- - randal1013   the most user-friendly.....well that depends on th...   Dec 12 2009, 15:36
|- - 2E7AH   1. MusikCube 2. foobar2000 QUOTE (randal1013 ...   Dec 12 2009, 19:07
|- - randal1013   QUOTE (2E7AH @ Dec 12 2009, 13:07) 1. Mus...   Dec 13 2009, 16:24
- - ImBullseye   I think the Zune software is quite easy to use. I ...   Dec 12 2009, 16:28
- - no404error   1. Winamp 2. AIMP 3. iTunes   Dec 12 2009, 17:35
- - texasflood   Holy Cow! If Foobar is anywhere near user-frie...   Dec 22 2009, 04:03
- - FasterThanEver   I'm a very happy J. River Media Center user. ...   Dec 22 2009, 08:08
|- - RickH   I voted for iTunes, WMP & Winamp...not familia...   Jul 28 2010, 21:55
- - JensRex   I can't answer the poll, because I've used...   Dec 22 2009, 12:52
- - Shemuel   iTunes is probably the most user-friendly. It come...   Dec 22 2009, 14:37
- - Takla   User friendly is a term that means different thing...   Dec 23 2009, 00:52
- - Canar   Thank you for the commentary Takla. I mostly agree...   Dec 23 2009, 02:57
- - Peter Prochazka   MusicBee is my no. 1. I have tried almost everyone...   Dec 23 2009, 09:23
- - Meeko   I've been an avid foobar user for years now. ...   Dec 24 2009, 16:55
- - blammo   Have to say MusicBee. Used Foobar for years way b...   Dec 29 2009, 10:36
- - Bodhi   I'm a foobar user and I love it. But there...   Jan 31 2010, 20:42
- - DonP   The first time I tried foobar it seem distinctly u...   Jan 31 2010, 21:21
|- - rpp3po   iTunes has never saved rips with DRM.   Jan 31 2010, 21:48
|- - DonP   QUOTE (rpp3po @ Jan 31 2010, 15:48) iTune...   Jan 31 2010, 21:57
|- - rpp3po   You may have thought, that that encoded m4a files ...   Jan 31 2010, 22:14
- - а.п.т.   I guess this topic should be moved to pool section...   Feb 12 2010, 12:23
- - viktor   for those who don't speak english, l10n is imp...   Feb 12 2010, 13:29
- - 2E7AH   foobar is friendly for people who use computers fo...   Feb 12 2010, 17:03
|- - rpp3po   Old grumps, who only like other old grumps who can...   Feb 12 2010, 17:23
- - kornchild2002   I voted for iTunes as that is what I have used for...   Feb 12 2010, 17:23
- - 2E7AH   @rpp3po: lol, dos 3.3 - best OS for 286 and dont...   Feb 12 2010, 17:34
- - BoraBora   I'd prefer not to vote because my knowledge of...   Feb 12 2010, 22:27
- - birdie   Juk.   Feb 13 2010, 14:26
- - krmathis   iTunes all the way. ...and in all fairness you hav...   Feb 13 2010, 21:07
- - MartDann   No Vote... i can't compare, i have only used ...   Feb 17 2010, 19:12
- - LANjackal   WMP's metadata retrieval/automatic tagging cap...   Feb 17 2010, 22:20
- - Captain panda   I guess I am in the minority here, but I think VLC...   Feb 18 2010, 06:47
|- - Baiko   QUOTE (Captain panda @ Feb 18 2010, 07:47...   Oct 15 2010, 14:37
- - Porcus   If fb2k were just removed from the poll, then the ...   Feb 22 2010, 13:05
- - B7k   Was a winamp user for along time but have been usi...   Mar 4 2010, 15:58
- - falconsoars   My favorite audio player(s): There are a lot of m...   Aug 18 2010, 06:59
- - LeoL   I've used most of the players around and now f...   Aug 22 2010, 17:46
- - googlebot   I had a look at MusicBee recently, and it is reall...   Aug 22 2010, 21:54
|- - Hansen   I've tried about every music player that's...   Sep 26 2010, 09:27
- - EazyB-FRAC   Oddly enough, "Media Player Classic" isn...   Oct 2 2010, 22:24
|- - woody_woodward   Another vote here for Media Player Classic. Bloat...   Nov 25 2010, 18:15
- - q-stankovic   It's a shame that many posts are proving true ...   Oct 15 2010, 19:52
- - greynol   We have gotten lots of spam for VLC, to the point ...   Oct 15 2010, 20:41
- - googlebot   That's really strange. For a open source playe...   Oct 16 2010, 00:09
- - greynol   It is true nonetheless, googlebot.   Oct 16 2010, 00:20
- - SamDeRe81   There can be no doubt, iTunes has surpassed all ot...   Nov 25 2010, 05:22
- - vpa   Before 2009 it was iTunes, 2009 it was JavaTunes, ...   Nov 25 2010, 18:30
- - MahFlac   foobar. It's absolutely amazing and does ever...   Jul 25 2012, 16:11
- - Canar   I'm closing this topic. It's old and far t...   Jul 25 2012, 16:44


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