XMPlay Music Player

Various players have made a name for themselves throughout the years. It’s pretty hard to convince an avid computer user to abandon the favorite audio player and try something else. But not if we’re talking about XMPlay.

Highly customizable interface

Because this is a light audio player that has the power to fight with any other similar app on the market, as it offers users basically all the things they would ever want from such a software utility.

You may find XMPlay quite unattractive and a lot of users saying that if there weren’t the skins, they would most likely go back to Winamp. Well, XMPlay supports skins too, so the way it looks isn’t that important, as every user can make the app look just the way they like.

Providing a complete set of tools

Excellent audio quality, the ability to play files straight from archives, thus helping you save some time, shortcuts, interpolation and ramping to be sure XMPlay is one of the best tools of its kind.

The program boasts a huge settings menu so you can change basically everything, including file associations, output options, playlist configuration, titles and other appearance settings.

Compatible with foreign plugins

The real goodie is that XMPlay also supports Winamp plugins so if all these aforementioned features aren’t enough to convince you, well, you can always teach the app new things with the help of plugins.

XMPlay has so many things to offer, so it’s pretty impressive that it remains so light on computer resources all the time, beating most of the other tools in the same software category.

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XMPlay features:

Balls-on accurate:

  • Plays the way nature intended
  • 32/24-bit & multi-channel output:
  • Take advantage of supporting hardware for ultimate quality

Gapless output:

  • Gapless playback of all supported formats, crossfading
  • Interpolation & volume / pan ramping:
  • For output that’s smoother than a baby’s arse!


  • Automatic gain control (and Replaygain), 9 band equalizer, reverb, plugin support

Net streaming:

  • All supported file types (including MODs and archives) can be streamed from FTP and HTTP servers (inc. Shoutcast/Icecast/Icecast2), optionally writing a copy to disk, FTP directories and HTML webpages can be scanned for playable files

Track information:

  • Displays file/format information, messages/tags, and instrument/sample texts, open webpages from the texts

Title formatting:

  • You decide how you want the track titles to look, title updating from ‘net streams and CUE sheets


  • A database of your tracks, with directory monitoring, for quick and easy access to the tracks you want to play

Saved/preset settings:

  • Save settings (DSP/etc) to be automatically used each time specific tracks or file types are played, save presets for quick application at any time

Disk writing:

  • Write 8/16/24/32-bit WAV files, use external encoders (MP3/OGG/etc), optional level normalization, dithering & noise shaping, individual MOD instrument writing

Keyboard shortcuts:

  • Fully customizable shortcuts, including global hotkeys


  • Open files/folders from Windows Explorer, drag and drop files/folders/shortcuts/URLs, monitor the clipboard for playable URLs, drag and drop tracks from XMPlay into other programs, icon customization

Archive plugins:

  • Archived/compressed files can be loaded just like normal files, including support for nested archives

Unicode file support:

  • Support for Russian, Chinese, etc.


  • Compatible with Sonique plugins, fullscreen display, includes a MOD pattern view

Amongst the best of its kind

The good thing about XMPlay is the fact that it excels from most points of view, providing an unrivaled sound quality with excellent and well-developed features. If we were to name a bad thing, we would mention the fact that it didn’t work with the multimedia keys on your keyboard, but a plugin would most likely solve the problem.

In conclusion

You must give XMPlay a shot. It’s not as popular as Winamp, but it surely deserves a try. It does not take any time to accommodate with its features since it provides all it needs and you are already familiar with. It uses little of your system’s resources and gives you quality in return.

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