Here are the programs I've tried, and the pros and cons:
1 by 1 Directory Player --- http://mpesch3.de1.cc/1by1.html
Pros: Simplicity, very small memory overhang, quick. You don't have to fiddle with playlists or anything. Most importantly it can handle every kind of MP3 I throw at it.
Cons: No playlists, tacky looking, not many features.
BS MP3 -- http://sites.google....programs/bs-mp3
Pros: small, doesn't need any installation, low memory usage. Very basic.
Cons: I don't think it can handle every type of MP3. I'm not sure it supports "variable bit rate" encoded files. No playlist ability.
VU Player --- http://www.vuplayer.com/vuplayer.php
Pros: nice interface, intuitive, more features than the above programs. More versatile. Seems to work with all my MP3 files. You can make playlists!
Cons: Uses more memory than the other programs.
Neutrius -- http://www.softpedia...nshot-8450.html
Pros: uses very little memory, nice clean layout, "cool looking," has the ability to make a playlist and use skins. Overall pretty good.
Cons: biggest drawback is that it doesn't handle all MP3s. It's from 2006 and is no longer developed, which is a shame. Specifically, I don't think it handles "variable bit rate," or perhaps files with over 256 bit rate without an error.
What I used to do is convert the "problem" file to a .wav using CDex, then convert back to a normal bit rate (128-256) mp3.
... overall, I like the feel of Neutrius the best, but 1 by 1 is easily the most convenient and it's up-to-date.
How about you guys? What other programs are out there?
As a side note, the best MP3 downloading website I've come across is MP3Skull
Oh yeah, if you like classical music, check out:
^ tons of free music
Edited by ScrewUpgrading, 21 October 2011 - 04:15 AM.