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(1) Getting started
by Thomas Radeke, 2006-04-17 21:59:00

What is "XMPlay"?

First of all, XMPlay is an audio player. It's a free piece of software that Ian Luck has written in his spare time back in 1998 and luckily continued development until today. You might have heard that XMPlay is the world's most accurate module player. That's right, but XMPlay is much more - it has grown into a fast, slim and beautiful multi-purpose audio tool that lets you manage your music library, listen to a wide variety of audio formats and even lets you save internet radio streams to disk.

Regarding audio quality, many users say that XMPlay just sounds better than a lot of other software out there, including Winamp and Foobar 2000, not to mention the most accurate module playback. That is because XMPlay does not use any of the MP3 decoding libraries that come pre-installed with Windows. XMPlay uses it's own routines to play MP3 and a lot of other formats which are supported right after you "install" XMPlay.

Where do I get it?

If you already have downloaded XMPlay, you can probably skip this part of the guide.

The primary download location for XMPlay is the Un4seen Developments website, which offers two mirrors for the latest binary. The other place where you can get a copy is the XMPlay Archive, which also offers all previously released versions for reference, bug hunting and nostalgia. The file name indicates which version you have downloaded. The downloads in the XMPlay Archive also contain minor version numbering for clarity.

How do I install it?

First, you don't "install" it - you just extract the .zip file. No need for installation routines.

The recommended location for XMPlay is "C:\Program Files\XMPlay\", although you may extract it anywhere you like. After you're done, XMPlay is ready to use.