Sunday, 30 December 2012

New version 0.8.9a. "Play from file" receives some tweaks

There's a new version with some improvements in the brand new "Play from file" feature.

The behaviour of the functionality has been changed and tweaked a little bit.
Nevertheless, it can be set back to how it worked previously with some new settings added.

Check out the release notes and get your music ready for that crazy New Year's Eve party you are planning.

Release notes

New features
  • Changed Play from file behaviour (configurable via Settings).
  • Added "Play this folder" to folders' contextual menu.

Solved issues
  • Some bug fixing.

Happy new year 2013 everyone!

Friday, 28 December 2012

New version 0.8.9. Merry Play from file.

After being requested hundreds of thousands of times.. Play from file is finally available!!

You can find it as the third icon, next to Media Library and there access to all the files from your PC and Network. Simply click on a file it and it'll start playing. Some more actions are available via long-click in either a folder or a file.
There's also a couple of new settings for the new functionality under "Display settings" section.

Besides the huge addition of playing from file, there has been quite a lot of internal reworking to make the app smoother and reliable. I hope that statement comes true..

Release notes

New features

  • Play from file feature available.
  • Improved overall speed and stability.
  • Added Norwegian language (thanks Tim Bastiansen -

Solved issues

  • Sometimes Exit had to be executed more than once to exit the app.
  • Minor bug fixing.

Look, the playing son is also highlighted:

Please feel free as always to leave your feedback using any of the available ways to contact me.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

New version 0.8.8. Configurable metadata info for your favourite music

After some busy days, here's a new version with a cool new feature.

The old song info screen has been replaced with a new, redesigned and hugely improved one.

A lot of metadata fields have been added and can they be enabled or disabled in Settings > Display Settings.

In addition, you'll be able to search in the Library according to that metadata.

Release notes

New features:
  • New and redesigned metadata info screen with a lot of new info. Press the three dots on the right of each playlist row.
  • Improved Touch and Play function in playlist view.
  • Widget can be added in Android 4.2 lockscreen

Solved issues:
  • Minor bug fixing.

Check out the new screen.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Any audiophile in the room?

I'm sure you all have a neat setup with foobar installed and remotely controlled with your smartphone or tablet, but who of you is a real audiophile??

What's your speaker setup? What's amplifying your nice music? Or what cable wires the whole thing?

Do you have a great dedicated room for your listening delights?

Do you have a $50K setup and play mp3s with it?

I don't have a really expensive system, but here it is:

  • Amp: 
    • Yamaha RX-V671
  • Speakers:
    • FR, FL: Tannoy Mercury V1
    • C: KEF iQ2c
    • SL, SR: Canton Movie 60 CX (I've left them from my previous setup)
    • SW: None
  • Cables: 
    • QED Silver Anniversay XT for FR, FL and C.
    • A normal one for SL and SR.
  • Music Source: 
    • HTPC with HDMI output (192kHz / 24-bit) + foobar2000 (of course)
  • Remote controllers:
    • Nexus 7
    • Samsung Galaxy SIII

It's not a great setup but it doesn't sound bad at all..
The music I try to have is always FLAC with a good sample rate and bit depth.
I have both stereo and 5.1 songs. 

I don't have a dedicated room for this, so I use the system for music, movies and TV.

Feel free to share your thoughts, ideas, pics or whatever here. 
Let's see who's got the best setup!

Saturday, 10 November 2012

New version 0.8.7. Playlist managing receives a facelift

There's a new version available with the main addition of a redesigned Playlist Managing section.

Also, Manual server addition has been fixed.

Release notes

New features:

  • Redesigned and improved Playlist Managing section.

Solved issues:

  • Solved issue with server Manual addition in Server Wizard.
  • Fixed some crashes.
  • Other fixes.

Look at this screenshot of the new design.

Friday, 19 October 2012

New version 0.8.6. Older droids this is Action Bar, Action Bar these are older droids.

A new version is available with the main addition (among a lot more) of Action Bar for all Android versions besides the newer ones as it used to be.

Check out the release notes to see all that's new.

Release notes

New features

  • Action Bar layout is now available for all Android versions.
  • All operation when app is in background can be disabled with a setting.
  • The Wizard now works with servers with credentials (both auto discovery and manual).
  • All Preferences have been reorganized and grouped in a more logical way.
  • Enabled Search and Refresh as Action Bar quick actions.
  • A section in Preferences shows the differences between free and PRO version.
  • Release notes log can be checked from Preferences.
  • App, Installer and Foobar2000 versions can be checked from Preferences.
  • Added Portuguese (thanks Davi Nunes)

Solved issues

  • Now it's possible to use a hostname instead of IP for server during Wizard
  • Minor bugfixing

A screenshot of the new looks in Gingerbread

Sunday, 7 October 2012

New version 0.8.5 released. Look at that pretty Notification

A new version has been released with long  release notes.
Maybe the main addition is the buttons and album art in the notification bar.

Look at the release notes, update from Play Store and leave your feedback in any of the available ways. You know, e-mail, blog, twitter, facebook, smoke signals, homing pigeons...

Release notes

New features:

  • Added controls buttons in Notification bar (only 3.0 and higher).
  • Added Album art in Notification bar (all versions)
  • Notification can be disabled in Settings.
  • Improved Album art quality on higher screens and resolutions
  • Album art is now retrieved faster (aprox. 2X faster).
  • Changed Now Playing color in Playlist to a (I hope) more readable colour.

Known issues:

  • New notifications can suffer some eventual bug
  • If album art is not properly displayed (a wrong one or none), press Refresh option from menu.

Solved issues:

  • Widget didn't work in some devices.
  • Fixed crash when making or receiving calls
  • Wizard didn't work with credentials set
Look at this screenshot of new Notification.

Monday, 10 September 2012

New version 0.8.4 released to add a new Notification in your favourite droid

There's a new version with the addition of a notification in the Notification bar showing the currently playing song (also for free version!).

New features
  • Added notification to display currently playing song.

Solved issues:
  • Minor bug fixing and some improvements

Have you already updated the component files with the new installer??

Sunday, 9 September 2012

New installer available. Fix for Portable installations, additions for future versions

I've released a new PC-Side installer (v1.2).

It fixes the installation for Portable foobar2000 installations and it adds changes for future versions.

Also, from now on, the only installer available is the .exe file; the .zip version is no longer available.
Please contact me if you have a problem with .exe installer.

Everyone should download this!

You can find the new installer here:

Monday, 20 August 2012

New version 0.8.3. (Finally!!) Touch and play for Playlist view

Finally in the Playlist view you just have to click on a song to play it..! If you want more info or enqueue/dequeue it, you'll just have to press on those three dots.

Also Turkish and Indonesian users will be a bit happier.

Look at the release notes anyway.

New features

  • Playlist items now play the song when touched.
  • Added partial translation of Turkish (thanks to Arda Kılıçdağı)
  • Added partial translation of Indonesian (thanks to Ritter Dante)

This is how it looks the current Playlist view:

Thursday, 16 August 2012

New version 0.8.2 with some cool additions. Wave to your device

Check out the new version because the new features are really cool.

New features

  • Control foobar now with media buttons (like with a headset or 3rd party apps) (only for PRO version)
  • Fully compatible with WaveControl app (available on Play Store)  (only for PRO version)

Solved issues:

  • Solved a problem where widget could not be clicked
  • Fixed a crash in Managing Playlists with older Android versions

Known issues:

  • Double click on headset button to skip to next song doesn't work fine sometimes

The main addition to this new version is the ability to control the app (thus a foobar2000) with any hardware or software capable of sending media actions like Play, Next, Fast Forward, etc.

I've put special attention to Wave Control which is a really cool app that using the device's proximity sensor will do an action like Play/Pause, Previous, Stop, etc.

It's available in the Play Store and it has a free and a paid version.

The free version is pretty cool but believe me, the paid is (much) BETTER.

Look at this quick demo I've recorded with the foobar2000 controller & Wave Control working together.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

New version 0.8.1c. Improvements for PROs and newer Androids

Before leaving on holiday I leave you a new version.

Check out the release notes
Here's a screenshot of how the app looks in my Nexus 7.

New features
- Widget is now resizable in 3.0 and up

Solved issues
- Solved crash receiving calls
- Solved problem with keep screen on setting
- Improved Widget layout (solving some display issues in some devices).
- Improved layout and usability for 3.x and 4.x users

Those having 3.0 and up devices pay special attention to the Action Bar (including inside Manage Playlists section).

Enjoy your holidays!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

I want your feedback. New poll created.

I've added a poll on the blog with the goal of getting all the feedback I can get from your to try to improve the accessibility of the user interface.
I want to know what's that you use the most. Do you use Settings all the time or the playlist view button is the most one clicked?

Please vote on the poll and and feel free to leave your message anywhere in the blog, by e-mail, twitter or facebook.

P.S. You may select more than one option.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

New version 0.8.1. A taste of Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich sweetness

With version 0.8.0 tablet users with Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich lost the ability of accessing the menu, thus rendering the app partially useless..

With this new 0.8.1 version users with Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich (both tablets and phones) will enjoy a new Interface sporting the so-loved-by-Google Action Bar and will have the menu back. Also is using the last Holo theme, which is pretty cool in my opinion..
Also, move to SD is enabled finally.

Release notes

New features:
  • New interface for Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich devices.
  • Move to SD enabled.
Solved issues:
  • Users with tablets running Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich could not acces menu.
Here I leave a couple of screenshots of ICS devices.

Ice Cream Sandwich Phone

Ice Cream Sandwich tablet

Sunday, 17 June 2012

New version 0.8.0 relased! W for Widget makes its appearance

If some had asked me which was the most demanded feature and not available in previous versions, I would have said "A Widget!".

From now on, I don't know what I'll say... Maybe "A better Widget" ?

Release notes

New features:
  • New Widget for PRO version.
Solved issues:
  • Settings crashed in some devices using French language.
  • Improved connection speed.
  • Control buttons now are more usable.
  • Some texts appeared always in English.
  • Solved some application freezes.
Here I leave a screenshot of the brand new Widget.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

New version 0.7.2 is ready! I can hear newbies celebrating

It's been too long since I released the last version but here's a new one!

I hope you like the new version and please keep the comments and feedback coming!

Release notes

New features:
  • New Wizard to add servers easily.
  • Shake actions are also executed while app is in background (configurable in settings)
Solved issues:
  • Media Library View was not displayed properly if it hadn't been used before.
  • Now Chinese (Simplified) is not used for Chinese (Traditional)

For those using the app with the Blackberry Playbook, don't worry, it'll pop-up soon in AppWorld!

Monday, 9 January 2012

24h 50% OFF !! Starting 00:00 09-Jan-2012 (UTC+1 time)

You thought that previous sappy post was the only thing happening after turning 1 year old??

Foobar2000 controller PRO will be 24H 50% OFF during January 9th (UTC+1).

Tell all your friends, neighbours, wifes, husbands, sons, daughters, parents, pets, Steven Spielberg, whoever, whatever! 

This is a lifetime opportunity is a one-time offer (well.. I may be exaggerating..).

Spread the word!

Edit: I'm sorry guys but seems that Android Market has a minium price for app policy... :(

I put the lowest price I could according to each currency! Still a good offer, isn't it? :)

Foobar2000 controller turns 1!

365 days ago I released the first version (v0.1) of foobar2000 controller for Android.
Not even in my best dreams I could have imagined that one year later I would be where I am today.

Around 20,000 users have downloaded the app, more than 600 of them have even paid for it.
It is available in 12 languages (English, Catalan, German, Chinese, Dutch, Polish, Slovenian, Korean, French, Spanish, Hungarian, Russian) and 1 is being translated (Croatian).

Also this blog is way way more visited than I would expect. It receives more than 300 users a day and all numbers rise monthly.

For all of this and (I hope!) for all the releases coming I wanted to thank each and every one of you who have followed me on this blog, on twitter or facebook and have downloaded or bought the app.

Also big thanks to oblikoamorale for developing this great component HTTP_Control which allows all of us control our music libraries remotely.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Version 0.7.1 released. 1,341,775,041 people are happier now

I've just released another version. Please see the release notes below.

Release notes

New features:
  • Added Chinese language (thanks Quan Guo)
  • Added Slovenian language (thanks slimtom)
Solved issues:
  • Back button still didn't work fine in landscape mode for some devices.

BTW, in a couple of days the app will be 1 year old! Just saying... ;P