AIMP4 interface, using the Bliss Dark skin
|Developer(s)||Artem Izmaylov, Mike Green|
|Initial release||8 August 2006|
|Stable release||v4.02, build 1711 (April 17, 2016) [±]|
|Preview release||4.00 Build 1670 RC 2 (November 13, 2015) [±]|
|Operating system||Windows, Android|
AIMP (Artem Izmaylov Media Player) is a freeware audio player for Windows and Android, originally developed by Russian developer Artem Izmaylov. The first version of AIMP, dubbed "AIMP Classic", was released on August 8, 2006. AIMP was initially based on the BASS audio library. Version 3 added a new audio engine and full support for ReplayGain, and revamped the music library interface transparency effects.
Official site news entry denies the connection between AIMP development team and the donations being collected by aimp2.us website, and calls the latter a fake.
AIMP can also play many other audio formats like Monkey's Audio (APE), Tom's lossless Audio Kompressor (TAK) and True Audio; DTS audio, MP1, MP2, Musepack, OptimFROG, WavPack, MIDI, Impulse Tracker, MO3, MOD, MultiTracker Module, S3M, and Fasttracker 2 Extended Module.
AIMP supports the DirectSound, ASIO and WASAPI audio interfaces, and it uses 32-bit audio processing for its 18-band equalizer and built-in sound effects (Reverb, Flanger, Chorus, Pitch, Tempo, Echo, Speed, Bass, Enhancer, Voice Remover).
It has an Internet radio browser, and can play from Icecast or custom radio stations.
It also has the ability to record Internet radio to WAV, Vorbis, AAC or MP3.
What makes AIMP unique is, among other features, its ability to load the entire media file, which is currently being played back, into the RAM of the computer (currently the options allow for media files of a size of up to 250MB to be loaded into RAM automatically at the start of playback; the file is subsequently deleted from RAM again, once playback has finished).
The advantage of this is, since the file resides in RAM entirely, seamless playback without any interruptions is more likely, even on slower, older machines, and even under heavy multi-tasking with demanding programs, which may read or write continuously to and from the drives of the computer.
Other common players such as Winamp read the media files in tiny bits, just in time for playback, and they lack this simple, but effective, feature of loading media files into RAM. This feature also prevents any interruptions during playback and which prevents clicking noises which may occur as a result of such interruption.
AIMP has some other features, including:
- LastFM Scrobbler
- Bookmark and playback queue creation
- Multiple playlists, one per tab
- CUE Sheet support
- Playing media files of up to 250MB directly from RAM
- Multiuser mode support
- Multi-language interface
- Hotkeys (configurable local and global hotkeys)
- Playlist and Tag editor
- Audio library file organizer and search
- Alarm clock / Auto shutdown
- Support for plug-ins and skins
- On September 6, 2007, Softpedia editor Ionut Ilascu gave AIMP Classic 2.02 Beta a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
- On November 6, 2009, CNET editors also gave AIMP2 a 4 out of 5 star rating.
- AIMP FAQs(Russian). Retrieved September 24, 2011.
- Latest AIMP v4.00 changelog.
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- BASS audio library
- Artem (2013-12-04). "aimp2.us is a fake!". Aimp.ru. Retrieved 29 December 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Winamp's Future Competitor, Retrieved September 24, 2011.
- CNET editors' review, Retrieved September 24, 2011.
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