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5.0 Release Candidate 1 (Mar 20, 2004)
PHP is probably the best choice of dynamic web languages for most people; it's relatively fast, free, well documented and well supported.
Sadly the language itself is pretty mediocre; the API is a horrible mess, the syntax is weak and limiting, and the whole thing just smells of thousands of (often arbitary) compromises for backward compatability dating all the way back to when PHP was a tiny Form Interpreter language.
Of course how bad you find it really depends on your background; C users tend to love it because the syntax is vaguely similar, but if you're used to the likes of Ruby and Python you'll probably hate it because you're spoilt :o
0.7.1 (Oct 11, 2003)
Bombproof stable, focuses on correctness (when was the last time WinAmp pointed out MPEG stream errors or clipping to you?) and quality (64bit DSP pipeline, built-in ReplayGaining), pushes superior standards (APEv2, tagged WAV files, CDDB data in embedded-cuesheet FLAC files), and is configurable and extendable enough to keep everyone from the most minimalist to the most skin-crazy audiophile happy. Having lots of helpful, clueful people providing support and development is nice too. We need more software like this.
0.7 Beta 37 (Aug 10, 2003)
The last few betas have seen some GUI improvements in the form of draggable UI elements, including a visualisation and seekbar. A fixed example of it is also at http://www.foobar2000.org/foo_ui_std_ex.dll, which I currently prefer (http://voi.aagh.net/grabs/fb2k-20030803.png). The lack of detailed changelogs for each beta is a shame, but not too irritating. As always, the foobar2k forum is very useful if you have any problems/questions.
0.7 Beta 12 (Jul 7, 2003)
Running 0.7beta 13 without a hitch. Configurable menus are welcome, and I'm sure the now completely modular UI system will spawn a few more nice alternatives.
Ozieo, this is a beta, you need to read the forum (and specifically, http://www.hydrogenaudio...dex.php?showtopic=10743) if you want official notice of it, just like you need to read opera.beta for the Opera betas.
psyranix, the GUI is a nice and configurable (look at some of the formatting strings people write for it; http://www.hydrogenaudio...ndex.php?showtopic=4899) lightweight Win32 GUI, and Just Another Module now. There are replacement UI's: http://www.foobarlooks.tk/
3.0 Beta 10 (Jul 6, 2003)
Pretty good. Using %1..%n for format strings is a bit silly, and it could do with some foobar2k-alike format string scripting, but it's still extremely handy for retagging those mp3's you, ahem, didn't rip yourself.
Needs support for more filetypes (FLAC, APE and MPC for a start) and tags (APEv2 primarily), though, and is somewhat overpriced for something that is often inferior to foobar2k's masstagger. Gets a 3; most other taggers get a 2 or a 1 ;)