First is the FooBar2000 Audio player. foo and bar, as my friends from the computer science field will recognise, are two variables that are used extensively in syntax examples of the subject. But this is an Mp3 playing software that does its job nicely. It has no “jazz”, no skins, no “feel-good” look but it is probably the best Mp3 player that I have come across in terms of performance, memory usage (All it takes is a little more than 2MB of RAM– Compare that to 12 MB taken by Winamp and almost 30 MB consumed by iTunes!). It is highly configurable, and very flexible. You can download it here. And yes, highly recommended for techies. We all realise how much precious RAM is!
It will take time to get used to it but this is something that seems so simple yet packs quite a punch.
Second thing that has worked great for me is Coldplay’s X&Y album. Good music to the core. Chris Martin and the gang has come of age! With the burden of expectations on Coldplay, X&Y is genius work.
If you are into music of the U2, REM, Oasis kinds, I suggest you listen to this.
This album grows on you. It will take time to get used to it but this is something that seems so simple yet packs quite a punch.
[above: Foobar2000 playing ColdPlay’s X&Y]
Not swallowed in the sea written, composed, performed by Coldplay
Oh, what good is it to live
With nothing left to give
Forget, but not forgive
Not loving all you see
All the streets you’re walking on
A thousand houses long
Well, that’s where I belong
And you belong with me
Not swallowed in the sea,
Not swallowed in the sea.