Most of the music players that I have experienced look good in appearance; but, in the end I find them overextended with features that end up being a big turn off and difficult to navigate.
One music player that I have been following for close to 2 years is Spider Player – The Ultimate Music Player.
The neat thing about Spider is that it packs a lot of punch into a small package, that adds clarity and fidelity to the playback of your music. With its’ crossfading effects between tracks and surround sound, your music just sounds better with this player…
Spider Player has an easy to use interface with the tools you need, such as a ripper and converter, readily available in a dropdown menu. Spider Player also features an awesome online radio directory that is downloaded directly to your PC and updates on a regular basis. This is a nice little music player that can either installed on your PC or can be installed on your flash drive as a portable app.
Features (Publisher’s Description)
32-bit sound processing for crystal clear sound
Spider Player can process sound with double precision internally. So even if your sound card is not capable of output in such resolution, the sound quality is still improved. The difference is especially noticeable, if DSP effects (such as peaking equalizer) are enabled.
Streaming audio support
Stream files from the Internet or LAN and listen to Internet radio.
Internet radio recording
Spider Player Basic can continuously record any Internet streams for up to 5 minutes to MP3 format, while in Spider Player PRO recording time is not limited. PRO version also allows to achieve the best possible quality by using lossless recording for any MP3 and AAC+ streams, i.e. an exact audio copy of an Internet stream is created, with both format and bitrate preserved.
Discover thousands of radio stations around the globe with fast and easy search in Shoutcast and Icecast radio directories right within Spider Player.
Assign up to four local or global hotkeys of your choice to any program’s action and have all of the tools and functions at your fingertips. Multimedia keyboards are supported as well as regular ones.
Audio formats supported are: MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, M4A, AAC, AAC+, AC3, MPC, MP+, MPP, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, Ogg FLAC, TTA, APE, WavPack, Speex, WAV, CDDA, WMA, MID, RMI, KAR, S3M, XM, MOD, IT, MO3, MTM, UMX.
Converter and CD Ripper
Any supported audio file (see the list of supported audio formats above) or Audio CD track can be easily encoded to MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC or WavPack format. Basic version allows to encode only one track at a time, while PRO version can be used for batch encoding. With Spider Player PRO you can also use any command-line encoder with STDIN support. There is even a help on encoders’ command line options and a preset manager.
Support for custom MIDI soundfonts
Spider Player allows you to choose SF2 soundfont used for MIDI playback to vary how your MIDI files sound. It is also possible to convert MIDI files to MP3 and other formats using soundfonts that suit them best.
DSP Effects Manager
DSP effects manager allows you to apply several high-quality 32-bit DSP effects simultaneously in any order. Winamp DSP plugins are supported too.
Unified Tag editor
Edit ID3v1, ID3v2, Vorbis, FLAC tags and WMA metadata (support for additional tag types and file formats can be added via plugins).
You can place Spider Player on your USB flash drive, iPod, portable hard drive or a CD and use it on any computer, without the need of installation or administrator rights.
Multichannel Audio support
Full Unicode support
Advanced Title Formatting support
Skin support – vary the player’s look and feel by changing skins and their color tones
CD-Text and FreeDB support
Ten-band Equalizer with Preset Manager
Icon Sets feature lets you have a separate icon for each audio file type
Built-in Visualizations: customizable spectrum analyzer and oscilloscope
M3U, PLS and ASX playlists support
Incremental Playlist Search