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Fox Tunes is a customizable and open source music player, converter

Looking for a new music player to try? It doesn't hurt to have a couple of alternatives to your favorite one. Most music players don't come with a converter built-in, and very few offer customizable options.

Fox Tunes is a customizable and open source music player, converter

Fox Tunes is an open source music player that has all those features in a user-friendly package. The player's interface is divided into three panes, it has a dark theme, but you can switch to a light theme from the settings.

To get started, you'll want to add some songs to the program's library. Drag and drop some tracks onto the GUI. The left pane lists the tracks by artist, while the pane at the top of the screen displays the album cover.

The music player didn't display the album art of all songs in my library, though they worked with MusicBee. Fox Tunes doesn't have an auto-tagging system of its own, but supports requires MusicBrainz Picard (which has to be installed). On the bright side, Fox Tunes has a built-in tag editor, so you can manually tag the songs yourself, including replacing the cover art.

To create a playlist, drag and drop songs from the library to the bottom pane. Or right-click on a track and select add to playlist,  or to create a new playlist. Access the equalizer by clicking the first icon in the bottom-right corner. The gear cog button opens the music player's settings window.

Fox Tunes equalizer

The now playing window appears in the bottom left corner of the interface, and displays the album art, current track, and additional information such as the audio's bit-rate, genre, etc. You will find the playback controls right below it, and it has a cool visualizer. Since the library can have 100s or 1000s of songs, you may want to use the search box to find the track that you're looking for.

Fox Tunes supports lyrics, though you will have to enable the option for auto lookup. You may edit the lyrics with Notepad (or any editor of your choice). The lyrics are displayed in a 4th pane that is automatically added when you play a song (after enabling the lyrics), and it auto-scrolls as the song progresses.

Fox Tunes mini player

Click on the 2nd button in the bottom right corner, to trigger Fox Tunes' mini player, which I think is the music player's best feature. It displays the album art, the playback controls, an option to open the equalizer and a button to switch to the regular view. You can set it to stay on top of other windows and toggle the playlist.

Fox Tunes mini player settings

Fox Tunes can play many audio formats including AAC, AC3, AIF, APE, DFF, DSF, DTS, FLA, FLAC, KAR, M4A, M4A, M4B, MAC, MID, MIDI, MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, OGA, OGG, OGG, OPUS, RMI, WAV, WMA, WV

You can also use Fox Tunes to convert tracks into other formats, these are the ones it supports: FLAC, M4A, MP3, OGG, OPUS, WV. Enable the option from the settings, after which it will be added to the right-click menu.

Fox Tunes supported formats

This is the specialty of the program, it is a modular music player, you can enable or disable features per your requirements. There is an option that you may toggle to minimize/close Fox Tunes to the system tray, while it plays music in the background. There are many plugins available which give you additional options like crossfade, gapless playback, replay gain, etc., to name a few.

Fox Tunes comes in a couple of different versions, all of which are portable, it is also available on the Microsoft Store.

Fox Tunes system tray options

Is it as good as Foobar2000 or Musicbee? Those 2 players offer way more options and plugins than any other player I've used. The lack of a proper menu for adding/removing songs, managing playlists, is something that you may need to get accustomed to. The built-in tagger, lyrics viewer, mini player, converter, are very useful, which makes Fox Tunes a good music player.

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Comments

  1. eric said on February 16, 2021 at 3:04 pm
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    Audacious works for me and it’s 100% free:

    http://www.audacious-media-player.org/

    1. Gerard said on February 16, 2021 at 5:22 pm
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      +1

  2. Allwynd said on February 16, 2021 at 8:14 pm
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    I have been using foobar2000 since 2009 and although I no longer keep audio music on my PC, I still like to install foobar2000 just for old time’s sake.

  3. X said on February 16, 2021 at 8:14 pm
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    1. Allwynd said on February 16, 2021 at 9:17 pm
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      Winyl apparently hasn’t been updated since 2018. It’s hardly the best.

      From what I’ve found, AIMP and foobar2000 are the two kings of audio playing that most users who know what’s up use. I prefer fb2k, I’ve used AIMP too, but I don’t like the skins and the Options menu and how it handles files.

  4. Anonymous said on February 16, 2021 at 10:50 pm
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    Winamp for all my needs.

  5. Bumble said on February 17, 2021 at 3:46 am
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    “Looking for a new music player to try?” Sure, why not! A few sentences later: “The music player didn’t display the album art of all songs in my library” Yeah, no thanks. My library is perfectly tagged, 14k albums, so album art is a big deal to me. Fox tunes is clearly not for me. MusicBee still reigns supreme.

    1. aidan said on February 20, 2021 at 3:03 pm
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      We should be able to display all artwork, either embedded in the meta data or loose in the same folder.

      You can choose to prefer embedded or loose and can set the list of file names that are checked, by default front, cover and folder.

      A common issue to not displaying artwork is that it’s too large. Only images less than 4MB are read in order to prevent poor performance. You can also increase this size to 16MB if required.

      If you have a track you’re sure should be working please raise an issue: https://github.com/aidan-g/FoxTunes/issues

      Thanks, -Aidan

      1. Bumble said on February 21, 2021 at 7:53 am
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        All my files have embedded art, used the file named Folder.jpg in each and every folder. Every Folder.jpg is 480×480 pixels and roughly 100kb in size. I have done my part, now it’s up to the music player to do its job, which is to play my files and show all the artwork in a nice grid. MusicBee does this perfectly and very fast too. You seem to be under the impression that I have tried your player, I clearly did not mention anything of that sort. My comments and opinions are based on the experiences of the author of this article, since he had issues with artwork I decided to skip even trying this program. You want to fix issues, then ask the author to report issues to you since he is the one who actually used it. I’m not going to.

  6. gogo said on February 19, 2021 at 10:55 am
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    “MusicBee still reigns supreme.”

    It may be freeware, but is it open source? It also appears to work on Windows, but I see no support for Linux.

    Audacious is free, open source software (FOSS) and cross-platform.

  7. pleb said on February 21, 2021 at 10:36 am
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    It doesn’t hurt to have a couple of alternatives to your favorite one?

    Wrong, as having extra software increases your security risk.

    If you don’t need it, remove it.

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