foo_bpm ~ Foobar2000 & Beats Per Minute

foo_bpm – A Foobar component for automatically analyzing the BPM of audio files.


Hydrogen Audio Discussion

Updated Configuration


Using foo_bpm:

First download and install foo_bpm.

BPM Installed

foo_bpm successfully installed

Then add a BPM playlist column

BPM Column

right click playlist header and select columns

Then select and scan files

Once foo_bpm is installed, songs can be selected then scanned. The songs will now be tagged with the %bpm% tag and can be selected or sorted by beats per minute.

BPM Analyse


Foobar ~ Waveform Table Seekbar

Enhance the appearance and functionality of Foobar2000 by adding a visual representation of the currently playing audio track, which can be used to navigate to any point in the image of the track by clicking there.

Waveform Seekbar is a UI element for both the Default UI and Columns UI that provides seekbar functionality (seeking, position indicator) on top of a pretty image of the waveform of the currently playing song, drawn using either Direct3D 9.0c or Direct2D 1.0.


Foobar Waveform Seekbar in action

Discussion ~ Hydrogen Audio
Download ~ Hydrogen Audio
Documentation ~ Hydrogen Audio
Source code ~ GitHub

Additional resources:

Installing a foobar component
Waveform ~ Wikipedia

Foobar2000 ~ Playlists & Autoplaylists

Playlists, or named lists of songs, are an essential aspect of Foobar2000. Whenever you add a song to Foobar, you are essentially adding it to some playlist.

Playlists can be created manually by adding individual songs or automatically by specifying a set of conditions in a query with the result displayed as an “Autoplaylist”. Manually created playlists are static, they don’t change unless you change them, Autoplaylists are dynamic, that is, the results may change at times.

Playlists created manually can be edited directly, while Autoplaylists are edited by modifying the query. However, you can save the results of an Autoplaylist as a new static and therefore editable, playlist.

Creating an Autoplaylist of a Albumlist item like genre:

  1. Select by genre from the Albumlist view selector
  2. Select a genre from the list of genres
  3. Right click that selected genre and select Create Autoplaylist

You will now have a new Autoplaylist listed on the playlist manager tab with the name of the genre you selected. Playlists created this way are called an Album List branch.

Creating an Autoplaylist of a folder’s contents:

  1. Select the Search tab
  2. enter %path% HAS replace this with the actual path  in the search field
  3. Select ...
  4. Select Create Autoplaylist
  5. Rename the new playlist (with the path)

AutoPlaylist query examples:

Lossless ~ “$info(encoding)” IS lossless
Lossy ~ “$info(encoding)” IS lossy
Missing title ~ title MISSING (no percent signs)
Never played ~ %play_count% MISSING
No Dynamic Range info ~ %dynamic_range_album% MISSING
No ReplayGain info ~ %replaygain_track_gain% MISSING
No Album Artist info ~ %path% HAS album AND album artist MISSING
Played often ~ %play_count% GREATER 9
Randomly sorted ~ ALL SORT BY “$rand()”
Recently added ~ %added% DURING LAST 1 WEEKS
Recently played ~ %last_played% DURING LAST 1 WEEK
Recently modified ~ %last_modified% DURING LAST 2 WEEKS

Foobar Playlist Management Components:


foo_audioscrobbler ~ Foobar2000 & is a web service that maintains a history of what you’ve listened to. You’ll need a account and a player that can scrobble. Scrobbling is uploading the artist’s name and song title of your currently playing track to’s server. foo_audioscobbler allows Foobar to keep your profile current.

  • It replaces the client application.
  • It supports the current submission protocol.
  • It sends “now playing” notifications to your profile.

Optionally, it can import played tracks from your iPod via the foo_dop component.

After you install foo_audioscrobbler, you’ll need to log into your account in Foobar’s Preferences menu.

Capture - Foobar - prefs - audioscrobbler

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foo_verifier ~ Foobar Audio File Verifier

Checks specified media files for decoding errors. Note that with most formats, its accuracy is limited to detecting errors that abort the decoding process.


After installing this Foobar plugin, you’ll have two new menu choices under the right mouse click context menu: Utilities > Verify integrity and Utilities > Verify album with Accuraterip

It’s also possible to see more information if you go to File > Preferences > Advanced > Tools > File Integrity Verifier and enable Verbose AccurateRip Output


Boom Audio Player ~ Foobar2000 Simplified


Boom is an easy to use audio player intended for casual computer users who do not wish to spend their time on figuring more sophisticated software out. All of its most important features are easily accessible out-of-the-box.



foo_playcount ~ Foobar2000 playback stats

You can extend Foobar2000s functionality by increasing the information the player maintains. Installing the foo_playcount component allows Foobar to both keep track of additional data, and adds the following user available fields:

  • Date and time a track was first played ~ %first_played%
  • Date and time a track was last played ~ %last_played%
  • The number of times a track has been played ~ %play_count%
  • Date and time a track was first added to the Media Library ~ %added%
  • Song rating ~ %rating%


Song Rating Playlist Display

The songs rating can now be displayed in a playlist viewer in two ways:

  • On a 1 to 5 scale with %rating%
  • Displayed as up to five stars, “★★★”, with %rating_stars%
  • Displayed as five stars, “★★★☆☆”, with %rating_stars_fixed%

Note: This component should be installed at the same time as Foobar2000, if your goal is to have a complete play count history.

Display (Title) Formattingplaylist viewer