AIMP 4.11.1841 / 4.12 Beta Pick
FREEWAREFILES EDITOR'S REVIEW
AIMP is a sophisticated but free music player that you can use to perform other functions that you would otherwise accomplish using separate programs. For example, you can use it as an audio recorder, converter, a tag editor and even scheduler.
The process of installing AIMP was straightforward. It gave us the option to install it to our Windows system or use it as a portable program from our chosen drive and folder. The easy-to-follow instructions allowed us to integrate the MP3 player to Windows context menu even when we chose the portable option.
The player displayed a relatively simple user interface featuring a dark theme, which we could change. Immediately to the top right side of the main program window was an equalizer window.
The equalizer included 22 presets that we could select from or adjust the bars manually to make our own preferred setting. We could also let the player auto-adjust equalizer preset for a track. The window included a preamp level adjuster and speaker balance slide bar. We could choose to display the equalizer window on the left side of the main player window or turn it off.
The equalizer was not activated by default, but we activated it under DSP Manager from where we could make several other adjustments. For example, we could add and adjust the levels of such sound effects as echo, reverb, flanger, chorus, bass, enhancer, speed, tempo and pitch. The player also allowed us to choose different mixing options, including manual and automatic track switching.
When AIMP started playing a track, the track's name and other details displayed on the top section of the computer screen for about five seconds irrespective of the program we were using. It also kept rolling the name on the upper part of its interface, including other details like size, bitrate and samplerate.
Whenever we selected a new track or folder, we had to either type a name for our playlist or choose the one entered by default. The player displayed buttons with the names of the last three folders, which we could click on to start playing tracks. The search bar on the lower part of the interface allowed us to jump to a specific track on the selected folder, and pressing Enter launched the track.
In addition to common features like shuffle and repeat, the program's interface let us choose different visualizations, which included graphic equalizer and analog meters that changed in tune with the playing track.
The Tag Editor feature enabled us to either add or remove tags to or from selected tracks. The audio converter allowed us to convert files to several formats, including APE, FLAC, MusePack SV8, OGG Vorbis, Opus, WAVE, WavePack and WMA. However, MP3 format was not included for patent reasons, but the player gave instructions on what to do.
Although AIMP is a free music player, it is a versatile program that gives you more functions in one small package.
Software Product Description
- Multiformat Playback: MP1, MP2, MP3, MPC, MP+, AAC, AC3, OGG, FLAC, APE, WavPack, Speex, WAV, CDA, WMA, S3M, XM, MOD, IT, MO3, MTM, UMX
- Crystal-clear sound, technology of reproduction essentially differs from Winamp and WMP;
- Internet radio - Listen and capture internet-radio stations to OGG / WAV / MP3 formats
- Online Radio Browser - View catalogs of Shoutcast and Icecast services
- CoverArt Downloader - Search and download album covers from the Internet
- Tag Editor - You can easily edit tags of audio files and rename group of files, sort files by template or apply tags to a group of files
- Audio Library - Represents the music files organizer, which allows you easily organize your music, set marks for listened Tracks, keeping playback statistics.
- Great functionality and user-friendly interface
- Creating bookmarks and playback queue
- 18-band equalizer and built-in sound effects - Reverb, Flanger, Chorus, Pitch, Tempo, Echo, Speed
- 32-bit audio processing - For the best quality!
- Work with multiple playlists - While one plays - you work with another
- Support for plugins - You can add new utils or extend already existing
- Multi-user mode support - Are several users working with one computer? This is no problem!
- Multilanguage interface
- Hotkeys - Configure local and global hotkeys as you wish!
- Files search - Search files on all opened playlists
- Flexible programm options
- Alarm Clock
- Auto shutdown the computer - You can sleep while listening favorite music, just set the timer to shutdown the computer at given time or on playback finis
- Sound Card
- DirectX 8.1 or above
"Good, but... Problems!!!"
Review Date: 2016-08-31
Pros: 1: Plays a ton of audio formats. 2: Built in tag editor + other handy features.
Cons: 1: No longer supports XP. Last XP SP3 = 3.60 series. 2: Metro gui, while 1 of the better, is still horrible. Thankfully, Metro GUI can be replaced via downloadable skins
Other Thoughts: 1 of the nicer audio players, though Xion has modernized it's GUI and XMPlay is good also.
Dropping XP & adopting Metro has dropped this player a few percentage points.
If they add video playback & conversion, it will be an even better player.
So few multi-audio/video players that "just work" without customization.
Take Gom player. You have to download MP3 plugin, just to play music!
Pot Player is perhaps the best audio + video player at the moment, though VLC is 2cd.
If VLC updates their 1995 GUI, it can be a serious contender.
1: Aimp used to be a good looking player, prior to going Metro, & is a capable audio player.
2: For audio conversion, you need to download a plugin for their MP3 conversion to work.
3: There are other more capable audio + video players, such as KMP, PPlayer, & VLC
Aimp is an audio player that is good, but not great. Though, it isn't bad, either.