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Winyl 3.2.1 Portable

A free and surprisingly powerful music player with a well-designed interface

Rating:
Operating Systems:
Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP
License:
Freeware
Developer:
Vinyl Software
Software Cost:
Free
Category
Portable Applications
Date Updated:
14 March 2016
Downloads To Date:
1462
Languages:
English, Chinese (Simplified), Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish, Vietnamese
Download Size:
2.68 MB

You probably have more than enough music players already, but if none of them quite do it for you then you might want to spend a little time trying Winyl - it's really very good.

After a short download and speedy launch, Winyl will ask for the location of your music folders. Point it to the right place, it'll import your current tracks and albums, and in a few seconds you'll be ready to go: a simple tree interface allows you to view your collection by artists, albums, years, genres, folders and more. Pick something, double-click and it'll start playing.

The main interface is so compact that you might wonder what else you can do, but look more closely. There are tiny bars at the bottom of window which represent your place in the current track, and the player's volume - just click to change. And if you right-click the bar at the top or bottom of the screen you'll find a menu with many more options.

The program can create or import playlists, for instance (M3U/ M3U8, PLS, ASX, XSPF). There's an equalizer, with a pile of presets. An even more compact mini-player. Loads of configuration options. And if for some reason you don't like the interface, there are a few skins you can choose to reconfigure it - you can even make the program look more like iTunes, or Windows Media Player.

And yet, despite all this, Winyl remains tiny and undemanding. Even after an age of running in the background on our test PC, as we tweaked every setting and explored every dialog, it still consumed barely more than 21MB RAM: this isn't a program which is going to get in your way.

What's new in v3.2.1 (Changelog)?

- Fixed crash when reordering playlists if smartlists are disabled.
- Updated radio stations and lyrics providers.
- Fixed all known bugs.
- Added Latvian and Ukrainian languages.

Verdict:

Winyl is an excellent all-round audio player - it looks great, and performs well

Your Comments & Opinion

A definite keeper
15 March 2016 01:00, bolg wrad
I've been using MusicBee for my mp3 collection up to now. First impression of Winyl is very, very good - a lot less resource heavy, if a little less comprehensive (ie no picture download and playlist sorting is less featured; but I'll use it for a while particularly because the Mac skin (yes I know) is so good. Good UI and it does what you want without fuss. 5 stars.
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