XMPlay – A lightweight yet feature rich audio player

Who says we need a 10 MB software to run a few audio files? Take a look at XMPlay, it has everything you want in an audio player. It’s requires no installation, is portable and weights a massive … 300KB!

XMPlay supports all major audio formats, is capable of playing and recording streaming Internet radio, supports playlist, has a library, supports tagging of files, has dozens of skins and hundreds of plugins. Oh yes, it also supports some Winamp plugins. Installing them is very easy. Just copy downloaded skins and plugins to XMPlay folder and restart the player. What more can you ask for?


At the beginning you might find the interface a bit confusing, because the buttons are unfamiliar and they have crammed so many features into so tiny a GUI. But if you switch to a different skin like the mock iTunes, WMP and Winamp, things start to fall in place.


Here are some features that make XMPLay an exceptionally wonderful player.

  • Plays music files from within compressed files. So if you have your music files compressed in a zip file, no need to uncompress them. XMPlay will play directly them from.
  • Has a mini-player mode. Double-click on an empty space of the player to switch to the mini mode. Double-click again to exit mini mode.
  • Can stream any kind of music from FTP and HTTP servers, including Shoutcast, Icecast, Icecast2 and can even record the stream to the hard disk.
  • It can scan a remote FTP directory or HTML webpage for playable files
  • Displays track information right inside the player.
  • Edit track names
  • It has a library with directory monitoring, for quick and easy access to the tracks you want to play.
  • Save settings (DSP etc) to be automatically used each time specific tracks or file types are played.
  • Write 8/16/24/32-bit WAV files using external encoders (MP3,OGG etc), with optional level normalization, dithering & noise shaping, individual MOD instrument writing.
  • Has fully customizable shortcuts, including global hotkeys
  • Supports Unicode file
  • Supports visualization.

I know you do not download every audio player you read about, but give XMPlay a try. It’s only 300 KB and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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