Play, organize and rip your audio collection with foobar2000

Play, organize and rip your audio collection with this must have Windows application.

Foobar-2000-iconIf you’re like me, music is a big part of your life. Finding the right tool to play it where you want, when you want without having a bunch of junk installed on your computer is important. This is one of the biggest reasons why I like foobar2000. It’s a music player for Windows, and it supports a portable mode.

Foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats including MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, and AIFF.


The app is easily customizable with a custom interface. It contains support for advanced music file tagging and supports gapless playback. The app will also rip audio CD’s and convert the files to your format of choice.

foobar2000 is a really nice music player. Its portable, meaning you can specify why it and all of its configuration file go. When installed in this mode, it can be moved to a USB stick and taken and used on another computer. This is especially helpful if you can’t or don’t want to install something on a shared PC.

The app is nice, but it doesn’t sync with any mobile device like an Android phone or Apple iDevice. Without this type of feature, the app is very outmoded and so very, very 1997. While its portable mode is nice, and some of its visualizations are cool, it seems very much a relic of the past. Nearly every PC sold today comes with some kind of music player. Both Windows Media Player and iTunes are free; and while foobar2000 is as well, they also sync’s with portable music players where foobar2000 does not.

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How to Backup your files easily to a second locations with Microsoft SyncToy

Download and install Microsoft SyncToy. You can get it from here. SyncToy requires Microsoft .NET Framework v2.0 which you can get from here in case you don’t have it already installed.

Open it and click on “Create New Folder Pair” to begin backing up your files and folders to a second location (to a flash drive or any other storage devices).You’ll see a right folder and a left folder, each with their own browse button. The left folder is the source location and the right folder is the backup location.

Click on the right”Browse” button and locate the file or folder that you want to back up and then click on the left “Browse” button to locate the folder where you want to backup your files and folder (click on the “Make New Folder” button to create a backup folder in case you need so).

Select one of the back-up options (I recommend echo), name the folder pair (you can have more then one so give a suggestive name to each pair to recognize them easier later).

Note: Echo is actually a one-way sync – looks for changes in the left folder and makes them in the right folder.

Click on “Finish” to complete the backup process. Repeat these steps for all the folders you want to back up. When you are done, you can run a preview, or just run the back up. First time it will take longer (especially if you backup on a USB flash drive) but it will be much faster next time you backup your files and folders.

Download link for SyncToy v2.1.

Download link for Microsoft Microsoft .NET Framework v2.0.

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