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Best old MP3 player for Win 9x/XP ?

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Reply 20 of 35, by NarakuITA

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I always have a question about the MP3 player, in this case Windows Media Player 6.4, which I use on Windows 2000, avoiding the upgrade to WMP9 because it is too heavy, I continue to use the basic version I noticed that with the WMP6.4 some songs MP3s are not played. An error is displayed:
ClassFactory cannot provide the requested class (Error = 80040111)
This error only appears on some tracks. I don't understand, on Windows 10 there are no problems.

Reply 24 of 35, by zyga64

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darry wrote on 2022-10-21, 14:54:

+1 to Foobar.
An older version will be needed.

Last version of Foobar for Windows 2000 is 0.9.4.5
I also recommend 'Columns UI' addon for it.

...and remember volume bar will only appear if you click in bottom-right corner (on 0.00 dB) 😀

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1) VLSI SCAMP /286@20 /4MB /CL-GD5422 /CMI8330
2) i420EX /486DX33 /16MB /TGUI9440 /YMF718+GUS
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4) iG31 /E8400 /4GB /X1950GT /HDA

Reply 25 of 35, by dr.zeissler

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I use WinAMP on OS9 😀

Retro-Gamer 😀PowerMac 6100-66/Houdini 486/66 - G4 Cube 450/Rage128pro OS9.0.1 - Macintosh LC/Apple IIe Card OS6.0.8 - Acorn A4000 Archimedes - Unisys CWD 486/66 + Aztech Washington

Reply 26 of 35, by Sphere478

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Try foobar2000?

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Reply 27 of 35, by Cosmic

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Adding my vote for Winamp 2.95 as well. It's one of the best and most iconic media players from this time. I remember using it on Pentium 2 Dell Latitude CPi (1998) in my parent's garage around 2000, and of course finding and testing out skins. One of my favorite skins was Syrogenesis v5 (screenshot attached). I have a bunch of Milkdrop presets saved as well.

I still use Winamp today as my main local media player (alongside Spotify) but in the form of WACUP (Winamp Community Update Project). WACUP has some updates that allow it to run better on Windows 10. I use the double-size mode and it looks and runs perfectly on a 4K display. The last official release of v5.666 works okay... but I still prefer WACUP. The maintainer, DrO, was on the original Winamp team I believe.

I used Foobar2000 for a couple years, but only on a Windows 7 era rig when I was getting into FLAC, DACs, nicer headphones, etc.

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Reply 30 of 35, by Dominus

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iTunes!!!

(I know, but seriously, iTunes back then was pretty good at handling a huge library of MP3s)

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Reply 33 of 35, by NarakuITA

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leileilol wrote on 2022-10-21, 22:30:

not anymore though. Since my post in this necrobumped thread, they've gone crypto-dorks. Get WACUP if you must winamp. Don't let brand nostalgia bite you in the ass.

I don't think WACUP is compatible with windows 2000 as a program born in 2022. So says the site.

Reply 34 of 35, by mihai

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i am using foobar 2000 since 2001 / 2002 and never looked back.

It is simply a perfect piece of software; I am a heavy user of Replaygain / Binaural to Stereo for headphone listening (to prevent fatigue) and could not find those in any other good music player.

Reply 35 of 35, by Sphere478

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Yeah, foobar is awesome, supports all the file types. Even flac.

And doesn’t have any of the bloatware that literally every other player seems to have haha.

It’s cool how customizable it is also.

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