While others were starting to celebrate the New Year’s Eve, the team behind the AIMP project released the third stable version of this popular music player.
Starting back in 2006, AIMP became the Russian response to Winamp. Since then the player suffered three major changes, that brought the player to its actual stable state: a comprehensive music player that is 100% free and features a plethora of audio formats: CDA, .AAC, .AC3, .APE, .DTS, .FLAC, .IT, .MIDI, .MO3, .MOD, .M4A, .M4B, .MP1, .MP2, .MP3, .MPC, .MTM, .OFR, .OGG, .RMI, .S3M, .SPX, .TAK, .TTA, .UMX, .WAV, .WMA, .WV, .XM.
The most important think about AIMP 3 is the fact that the player comes with its own sound engine, which means that you can now control the audio output through ASIO, WASAPI or DirectSound. With its new engine, you can also take advantage of your surround system either 5.1 or 7.1. Let’s not forget to mention the redesigned Audio Library, the extended playlist functionality and dozens of bug fixes and tweaks.
Unfortunately, AIMP 3 inherited the same crowded interface with lots of buttons on each window. It may look like a demanding application to control, but I assure you that each button has its own role in the whole functionality of the system. But in order to learn it, you have to rely only on the tooltips, that are spread everywhere on the interface. Being a Russian product, lots of useful things about this product are not translated, and even if you can choose the English language on the homepage of aimp.ru you will still get a lot of info in Russian.
If you are into music, and want to try a free player, apart from Winamp, I encourage you to try out AIMP.