How to play APE file in Foobar2000

APE (also called Monkey’s Audio) is a lossless audio format like FLAC. Foobar2000 does not ship with support to playback APE files.

To play APE files with Foobar2000, download and install the Monkey’s Audio Decoder component. This component ships as a DLL file named foo_input_monkey.dll (For instructions on installing Foobar2000 components, see here.)

Tried with: Monkey’s Audio Decoder 2.1.5 and Foobar2000 1.1.1

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Foobar2000: Installing or Removing Components

One of the strengths of the Foobar2000 music player is the availability of lots of components to enhance its functionality. These components, which can be downloaded online, are usually in the form of a ZIP or DLL file with the prefix foo_.

Installing a component

To install a component, open Foobar2000 and go to FilePreferences. In the Preferences dialog, choose Components and click the Install button. Using the Install Component dialog find the downloaded component on your computer. Click OK or Apply will install the component and restart Foobar2000.

This process installs a component for the user who is using Foobar2000 and not for all the users of the computer. The installed component is placed in a directory based off its name in the location %APPDATA%\foobar2000\user-components

Removing a component

Go to the Preferences dialog (like above), choose Components and right-click on the component you want to remove and choose Remove. Removing a component also requires a restart of Foobar2000.

Tried with: Foobar2000 1.1.1

How to pause Foobar2000 on locking Windows

I sometimes listen to music using headphones while working at the computer. A longstanding dream of mine has been to see the music playback being intelligent to my presence. I wish the music would pause whenever I removed the headphones or left the computer. Also, the music would play from where it had paused when I return and put the headphones back on. This requires some sensory capability in the headphones or in the computer, so it is not possible right now without extra equipment like a headphone sensor or the Kinect.

It is however possible to pause the music whenever I lock the computer and play from where it had paused when I return and unlock the computer! Not my dream exactly, but I will take what I can get! :-)

I listen to music using Foobar2000 and this can be achieved in it by using the Pause on Lock component. Download it from here and install it. To enable the feature in Foobar2000, choose PlaybackPause on Lock.

Tried with: Pause on Lock 0.5 and Foobar2000 1.0

Foobar2000: File Operations

I find the File Operations component of Foobar2000 very useful to delete MP3 files in my playlist. The default delete only removes the track from the playlist, but with File Operations I can delete it from the playlist and the disk (which is what I want).

To do this, right-click on the track and from the context menu choose File OperationsDelete File.

The only nitpick I have with File Operations component is that it does not seem to be available on the Foobar2000 Components page. If you need it you need to choose it during installation from the Optional Features section in the Choose Components dialog.