In this day and age of high-speed internet, we’re all used to downloading multi-megabyte programs, sometimes vanishing into the hundreds of megabytes, so it’s always good to find something small that’s useful. XMPlay is such a tool. It’s a music player that has the ability to play MP3, OGG, WMA files, along with most other music formats you can find. All in a 300k ZIP file. Sweet.

Being small, you’d think it was feature lacking, but it has all the essentials: skinable, equalizer, playlist management, http streaming; even Winamp plugin support for all your favorite visualizations or to add support for any other file formats. The audio quality is also very good, with neat features like auto level adjustment for listening to those tracks recorded from different CDs – although you might need to enable 32bit processing, 48kHz sampling etc in the options to make it sound its best.

My favorite skin is ‘silk’, which allows it to slip into an area about the size of a titlebar, and sit always-on-top at the top of the screen. Best of all, it’s free, so click here to enjoy: http://www.un4seen.com/xmplay.html

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