Having a playlist of your favorite music playing in the background while working on the computer is a regular habit of a lot of computer users. However, most major media players such as Windows Media Player and several third-party alternatives have flashy interfaces and too many options that can easily distract a person from their actual work. Moreover, having so many options is useless for someone who just wants to listen to some music in the background. Some days ago, we covered the newly released GOM Audio by the developers of GOM Player that boasted a compact design and impressive features. However, if you are looking for a lightweight music player that does not put much stress on the system, does not have a lot of flashy options, and offers a simply way to play music from your audio collection, try resonicplayer. It is an audio player currently available only for Windows that provides you with a simple and user-friendly interface. Moreover, you can set a timer on the application to perform a number of operations after a certain time, making it useful for people who like to go to sleep while listening to music.
As stated earlier, the application sports a very simple interface. At the top, you’ll see the playback controls, as well as the selected visualization. The left side has the Browser pane that allows you to navigate through your drives and libraries to look for the folder containing your favorite music. When a music folder is selected, all its files are listed in the right side. Each file is displayed along with its name, size, artist, title, year of release and length. Click any song in the right pane to instantly start playing it. The playback controls allow you to play, pause, stop, move to next or previous track, and choose repeat and shuffle options.
The Menu button lets you select the Visualization, Playback options and a sleep timer. You can choose to play the songs sequentially, shuffle them, or stop playback after the current song.
The Sleep Timer is a really good feature and lets you start playback before going to sleep without worrying about the PC staying on for the whole night. You can choose to Sleep, Hibernate, Power off, Log off, Lock or just stop the audio playback after an interval of your choice, or from one of the provided options.
resonicplayer is available in both portable and installable versions, and works on 32-bit and 64-bit variants of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.