Q: Which version of foobar should I download?
A. Well it depends on you.
If you're a crazy music listener download the special version
If you just want a thing that plays music but nothing else, download the lite version
Q: I have no sound at all for my mp3 while the song is played perfectly in other readers, What is the problem?
A. Just disable Use peak info to scale down tracks that still clip after applying replaygain (in preferences, playback, replaygain). It should work now.
Q: How can I put the album arts and Co above my playlist?
A; To set the panels above your playlist, go to : Preferences,Display,columns UI, "Other" tab, use :list all toolbars, then add the panels/toolbars/visualiszations that you want to use (near the top of your screen, not in the sidebar area). Organize them as you want them to be displayed. And finally use the minimum height values of the corresponding panels. As it is not an usual way to use the toolbar, you may have some crappy things. Use it knowing that it may create some dislaying problems. Musicmusic may fix this into the next version of UI columns.
For more details: Tips
Q: How to get G-force in a panel/in a tab?
A. To get G-force without any edge or in a tab/panel, just go to your "Documents and settings/<username>/G-force" folder open the Preferences (foobar2000).txt file and change the line from "NoBo=0" to "NoBo=1". You won't be able to resize the window so, choose precisely the position and size of the window. to put it as a tab, just create a fake tab called G-Force and place precisely the window. (The window without border will take the place of the window with borders included before the change).
For more details: Tips
Q: How to get tabbed panels?
A. To have tabbed panels, just use uie tabs. See here for more details. uie tabs
Q: I want to change the playback buttons, where is it?
A. Configure the toolbar. See the Use custom buttons line.
Q: Is the sound really better with foobar?
A. As the author of foobar says himself, foobar doesn't have a better sound than the other players like winamp and Co. From a theorical point of vue, the sound from foobar2000 is not different from the sound given by other softwares, a player isn't able to improve the sound incredibly, (it can only alter them if not correctly setted). Your hardware is much more important (audio card, speakers, headphones, even cables..), as is the audio source (audio CD, lossless encoding, quality of the lossy encoding process). The software part is only secondary. And even if DSP or other sound modifiers are used, it only widens the gap between the source and the listening, which may prove to only degrade the sound itself.
For more details: Entry, Playback setting, DSP (and all the pages concerning the sound..)
Q: Foobar always takes between 5min and several hours to open all my files in the same playlist, is there a way to reduce this time?
A. Sure, just enable the database (Preferences, Core, Database). You will be able to add thousands of files in only 30-40 seconds. If you don't want to activate the database, just save your playlists with the fpl format.
Q: I have updated my tags but foobar still shows the old tags, how to mend this?
A. Foobar only adds the info in the database if it is enabled, so you have to update the info in it, select the concerned files, right click, database, reload info from files.
Q: I use the volume control toolbar but it doesn't work, what's the problem?
A. I think that you use kernel streaming or ASIO. Change your outpout, those two output modes are not consistent with the volume control toolbar.
Q: There is always a latency time between my DSP changes and their effect, it's really annoying.
A. Just try to reduce the buffer length of your output mode. But do not put it to the minimum length, 300ms should be already good (more if you are using several DSP)
Q: Which DSP should I use?
A. It highly depends on you and your use. For a description of the DSP and their effects, just see here: DSP.
Q: I have seen some people using something which pops-up to display the song we are listening to, where could I find it, How does it works?
A. It's called foo_prettypop. Note that it requires .Net Framework to work.