foobar2000 in Wine

Have you recently moved from Windows to Linux, but would like to keep foobar2000 as your ultimate audio player? So did I. It took a few hurdles with technical problems, but in the end I have foobar2000 running almost perfectly on Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic). Here are some resources I found to get you through the process:

  • Installation and Global Keyboard Shortcuts

    Tutorial on installing Wine (included with Ubuntu), installing foobar2000, adding a desktop shortcut, and creating global shortcuts in Linux. See here for a complete list of shortcuts.

  • Install WinePulse (Ubuntu) / (Other Variants)

    This is a modified version of Wine which includes PulseAudio as an audio layer – install this if audio doesn’t work when running foobar2000 using the standard version of Wine.

  • Install winetricks

    Using winetricks, you can enable font smoothing (anti-aliasing). Depending on your monitor type, you’ll want to activate a different rendering method. Enable fontsmooth-rgb for RGB LCDs, fontsmooth-bgr for BGR LCDs, or fontsmooth-gray for CRTs(?). Some users (such as myself) still had problems with font smoothing in foobar2000 when using Ubuntu 9.10. To fix this, check out the next link:

  • Install Replacement Tahoma Fonts

    Assuming you enabled font smoothing as above, skip to the bottom of this tutorial link to where it mentions downloading Tahoma fonts.

  • Add a “Now Playing” Panel

    I haven’t tried this yet, but this should allow you to add a customisable “Now Playing” notifier to your panels; the example includes album art, track title and play time.

If you have any problems/improvements, please comment!

UPDATE: I’m not sure if upgrading to Ubuntu 10.04 caused a change in behaviour, but I’ve been successfully using the ALSA driver with Wine 1.1.42.

Also, I’ve recently noticed that while VirtualBox is running a session (using OSS audio), audio in foobar2000 (and probably other Wine programs) fails to work. I’m not sure if this was also causing my problem in 9.10, as I was fairly heavily using VirtualBox during that period.

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