Firstly, I know there are threads asking the same question but the latest one I can find is from over a year ago so the answers may be completely different now.
I have been in the process of completely removing apple products from my life for the past 6 months. iMac, iPhone, iPad are all gone. The only thing that remains is iTunes. I have a large collection of music which I moved from iTunes on my iMac over to iTunes on my Windows machine. I would now like to remove iTunes from my PC all together and I need to good music player to manage and play back my collection. I've seen people talk about Foobar2000 and Winamp but I'm reluctant to take the plunge on either until I've explored all the options.
I mostly use Spotify for my music because I listen to a huge range of music and being a student I can get it for half price but when I'm listening to something that isn't on Spotify or local files, foobar2000 for sure.
Winamp for sure. One of the earliest mp3 players with low resource and less taxing on your PC than the windows media center player. The winamp equalizer is phenomial that makes you feel like your listening in live hall or have a $200 dollar headset like Beats by Dre or dem hipster DAC AMP incandescent light bulb stuff. As for foobar2000, I've always gotten bloatware and viruses along with it so I never used it as much.
yea u should be safe now if you download from a reputable website like sourceforge and majorgeeks. I downloaded it years back with it packaged with other software. I think it was package with virtual line-in (soundboard) and mp3 ripping software back then.
Back then I think foobar was really a FUBAR. looked like that bottom chrome tab and sometimes would spike up to 45% usage on my duo core laptop. It was sorta my fault cuz I wasn't sure what the offical foobar2000 looked like. Nowadays it actually looks like a itunes alternative. winamp was the reourse king for me. Having 10,000+ songs in shuffle playing BF3 with max CPU usage and the songs aren't skipping or taking 2-3 seconds to que like on windows media or another player.
I wouldn't know, I don't, and wont EVER use Windows 10.
I prefer an OS where I am still at least somewhat in control without having to manually block IP addresses.
Seriously though, what's wrong with WMP on Windows 7? It's always worked better for me than anything else. Tried iTunes a long time ago when I had an ipod. It liked to freeze up alot. I assume because it was running in a Windows environment.