1by1 1.90

4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 (276 votes)


Windows 7/8/10/2000/Vista/XP / Freeware / 37,137 downloads

1by1 is a small, fast and handy audio player which is not only small: it provides a smart and versatile environment to handle your file collection and listen to your tracks - with no need for playlists or databases.

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  • Latest Changes

    - Temporary repeat/stop track feature

    - Only minimize on window close option

    - Elapsed and total time in title bar option

    - Drag from Explorer like from Insert view

    - ID3v1 genre list extended

    - Icon modified

Reviews of 1by1

  1. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.83 (Feb 5, 2015)

    I find this the best to browse and play your archived music collection without extra crap getting in your way. Simple and non-complicated. Stable. Also you can change the buttons - get them as addon from author's site.

  2. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.81 (Jan 29, 2014)

    excellent all in one player.

  3. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.78 (Feb 14, 2013)

    really handy if you have an entire drive of music you want to play without thinking about it too much.

  4. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.75 (Nov 17, 2011)

    Very stable, great for audio books and stuff. Highly recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.74 (May 20, 2011)

    Simple, fast and with extremely small footprint, does all I need to listen to large collection of music. Much better for huge collections (terabytes) where players that maintain some sort of constantly updated database like Foobar, Winamp etc just hangs or respond very slowly. 1by1 is simple and elegant solution. Thanks to the developer!!

  6. 5 out of 5 stars
    Input Overload

    Reviewing 1.74 (Apr 9, 2011)

    Does what it says on the tin. All I want in a player. Very good.

  7. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.74 (Apr 8, 2011)

    Has become my fav mp3 player. The 5.1 mix works good and sounds great.. overall simple player that lets me go thru my files easily and quickly.

  8. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.73 (Apr 4, 2011)

    Small, unobtrusive, efficient, with all the needed functions for a music player. So easy to use that many of my customers even brought it up and said "1by1 is so easy to use, so quick...". I personally use Foobar because of its advanced functions like ASIO output and replaygain, but if there wasn't Foobar2000 I'd definitely use 1by1. :) The only drawback I find with it is the support for Winamp plugins for other formats like FLAC, WavPack, ogg and ape that are not so easy to find or it just takes some time to find them. ;) I would like to be able to download them all directly from the site.

    Fabulous work! MP3 DirectCut, too! Cheers!

  9. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.72 (Apr 4, 2011)

    What a great little program. Just came across it while trying to find something less baffling, annoying and confusing than a well-known media player and, most importantly, without those chronic visualisations!! Lots of nice little features that are easy to pick up.

  10. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.72 (Dec 1, 2010)

    I wish there was something similar for Linux

  11. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.71 (Nov 26, 2010)

    Current version
    1.72, 2010-11-25
    Optional full width sliders, adjustable split point
    Fixed wrong folder usage on Search
    Fixed network folder content display fault
    Enabled file delete on search results and in playlist view
    Middle button on Systray icon works as Pause/Resume
    Some other corrections

    Fileforum is a little behind. The link they have to download it is down but the author has a temp one up.


    A great program. I have used it off and on for many years.

  12. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.71 (Nov 11, 2010)

    Changelog :
    1.71, 2010-11-12
    Custom toolbar buttons
    New internal button style
    Optional extra track info column
    Improved Settings dialog navigation
    Mute and Soft mute
    More options for Big view
    System folder hide options
    Adjustable current track background color
    Optionally showing ID3 names in window title
    Other corrections and improvements

  13. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.70 (Jul 8, 2010)

    Still without fully support unicode (by now unicode only works on files but not in folders)

  14. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.68 (Oct 12, 2009)

    @ jetz : you are right I must confess. STP crashed so many times that it was not what I thought it would be. Period.
    Searched over and over again if there is a mp3 player that could do what 1by1 with the same TREEVIEW and browsersupport cause I simply hate playinglists.
    I found two, one with the name MediaMonkey, after configuration it worked the same and supporting many audioformats.
    The other one is Eufony is working better with every update (Multi Language installer) and is also lightweight but so windows 3.1 and ugly but works like a charm.
    1by1, it is a lightweightplayer and has to stay that way but what I miss is analog vu meters & 10-bands equalizer (like AIMP2 has and I think together they would be the perfect audioplayer for me) and skin support allthough it supports color schema.
    I still use 1by1 and rate it 4 stars cause it loads so fast.

  15. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.68 (Jul 2, 2009)

    Really great program to play music without worrying about playlists, and very light on resources. The only real issue I have is that it will tend to slow playback for a second when starting a new process, like opening a browser, but other than that, its Aok.

  16. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.68 (Jun 27, 2009)

    Simple, fast, does exactly what I need in a player. As I am careful to keep my music organised, this is a joy to use - I don't need a built-in database library.

    This has become my primary means of listening to music - I've tried foobar et al but they are all too bloated and complicated for what I need.

    I use The Godfather for tagging and naming, this for playing, all I need is a simple playlist creator for setting up party playlists (all the ones I've found so far have a flaw of one sort or another - the worst being the inability to shuffle the playlist contents)

    I recommend this, altho' I do understnad how it mightn't meet everyone's needs.

  17. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.68 (Jun 26, 2009)

    I like that player. very simple and effective. Is it possible to use it with bass.dll?

  18. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.68 (Jun 26, 2009)

    Get a spell checker and grammer checker.
    That STP is an ugly turd.
    1by1 is perfect.

  19. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.66 (Dec 2, 2008)

    Still deserves 5 * but... is there an mp3 player with more efficenty and less mouseclicks? Yes, there is..
    STP MP3 Final 1.2.0 (Systray Play Portable) ! Why? Normally I hate it that the folderlist is not updated automacticly, STP has this feature to enable so no more non- excistings files or replaced are gone. In the systrayicon you can choose with left/right klicks on it (1, 2, 3 times ) what has to be done, next nummer, previous, pause, menu etcetera ( you must admit, that is so handy ). So, yes there is more to explorer then 1 by 1, I used it both.. MP3 opens with 1 by 1, but when it comes to musiclistening while doiing something else on pc Systray Player is in controll with more efficenty and does not bother me anymore!Download&Info (Supports skins, but are hard to find..):

  20. 5 out of 5 stars
    Carlos V

    Reviewing 1.66 (Nov 18, 2008)

    For those of us who love what is simple and really good (and fast!), this program is a favourite.

  21. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.66 (Nov 18, 2008)

    i don't need no last.fm support, all i need is fast player

  22. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.66 (Nov 17, 2008)

    Still simple, extensible and effective. It only bloats if I want it to do so.

  23. 4 out of 5 stars
    Todd 13

    Reviewing 1.66 (Nov 17, 2008)

    Still no last.fm support? Please! We need this feature!!!

  24. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.65 (Nov 14, 2008)

    Download for version 1.65 does not seem to work, with this link it will:-
    The option with chanching the audiofreq from the equalizer is a really cool added feature in 1.65! About the audio support others then MP3...read all about it on http://www.portablefreew...18&highlight=winamp before adding all kind audiosupport dll files, it is a bit tricky, peepz testing with all kind dll files from other players..1by1_plugins_again.zip from http://localhostr.com/fi.../1by1_plugins_again.zip
    does the wmajob for me, just add all the dll files in 'program files/1by1' and let a WMA musicfile open allways with..1by1..and see, it is playing wma ! 1by1 isn't a stand-alone exutable anymore, it has an installer. Rate it 5* as allways

  25. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.65 (Sep 6, 2008)

    ver 1.66 just released...

    * Big title view can be embedded
    * Output extentions from 1.65 only optional
    * "List all subfolder content" function
    * Refresh works on search results
    * Track time on Midi play was not set
    * Repeat button symbol problem fixed
    * "Bring to front" option removed
    * Other changes and corrections


  26. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.65 (Aug 29, 2008)

    Excellent Player. Very light and fast. Sounds great. Perfect.

  27. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.64 (Aug 21, 2008)

    1by1 is number 1 for it's weight.
    Small, fast, simple, rich enough.

    My favorite "heavy weight" is foobar2000. But for pure listening (no tools, etc..) 1by1 is really handy and lightweight.

    Try it! There is no need to install. Just unzip from the sfx package. :)

  28. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.64 (Aug 17, 2008)

    If you ask yourself of there is a tool that browse videofiles in the way 1by1 does with MP3's I can suggest you FastStone Player 3.2.
    I does not support subtitles or has any confuguration options but is a decent tiny fast videofile player!
    When does 1by1 has a new version(?), like to see the 3 bands equalizer is goiing to be a 5 or 7 bands and directly accessable and visible, but still rate this 5 stars!Using it since 1.4XX Rocks!

  29. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.64 (Jul 2, 2008)

    Great to handle mp3s, not so good to play lossless files using winamp plugins (foobar works a lot better in this field)

    I don't like the way that read the cues for large files, contrary to foobar it doesn't display the length of each track.

    A bug: If you play files from a removable device like dvd-rom, close 1by1, remove the disc and run 1by1 again the program will hang.
    A solution: 1by1 should not store the last path if it's in a removable device.

  30. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.64 (Apr 8, 2008)

    Fast file access and no rubbish.
    By far the best player.

  31. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.63 (Feb 23, 2008)

    a very cool,little number with plenty of grunt...when i`m not using Aimp i`m using this...lots of plugins available and lots of VOLUME..just how i like it...

  32. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.63 (Jan 15, 2008)

    My fave audio player - quick, convinient, slimware ! Been using it for ages.

  33. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.63 (Jan 15, 2008)

    Love it. I love not having to make playlists and just playing straight from explorer! Sweet.

  34. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.63 (Jan 15, 2008)

    d/l link doa

  35. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.63 (Jan 15, 2008)

    Simple to use directory based freeware audio player. Very light on resources used. While not my audio app of choice(Foobar 2000), it has a permanent place as on my systems. When you include plugins, such as can be found here ( http://www.mpex.net/foru...8699dd7507e4ce958c873f9 ) most audio files can be played. While it lacks in the looks, it does what it does very well.

  36. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.63 (Jan 15, 2008)


    *Fasted mp3 player with browse support.
    *Limiter & compressor & 3 bands equalizer
    *Tag support
    *Very low cpu

    *only mp3 support
    *no option to hide non mp3 files

    Allthough, best freeware mp3 player there is today, if you like browse support and are tired of only playing by playlists in WM, this the one to get your hands on! Rocks! 5 stars!

  37. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.63 (Jan 15, 2008)

    anomoly seems to be whiner

  38. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.62 (Sep 25, 2007)

    Doesn't take up any resources at all, I couldn't get the in_wm.dll to let it play windows media audio files, other than that this is my fav music player, I like xmplay but I use a lot of resources when I'm on a computer and this plays well even when my computer slows down. Of course it just might be the codec not working idk. I don't have many wma files, I'll just convert them.

  39. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.62 (Aug 5, 2007)

    to Auther ,, Can you implement Tabs,, user can have multi tabs for each dir. This would be very nice feature for this player,,

  40. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.61 (Apr 24, 2007)

    Small & fast, but for a standalone player, xmplay still beats it hands down. If it had album art support it would actually be useful. AudioIdentifier will do basically the same thing except it will use whatever associated player you have.

  41. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.61 (Apr 24, 2007)

    Simple, effective, responsibly updated. Does everything I need a music player to do.

  42. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.59 (Jan 6, 2007)

    I have used this program in the early stages, This program have been improved a lot since then , I am only missing DSP winamp plugins and it will be my fav. player. I still keep quinn player besides this one.

    I will give 5 for lite size and the dynamic view it gives,, Keep it up. This is very close to be a popular program if it's not already...

  43. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.59 (Dec 29, 2006)

    Winamp plugins enable playing just about anything. But the most recent plugins that come with Nullsoft's installer mightn't all work.

  44. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.59 (Dec 29, 2006)

    does what it says.

  45. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.59 (Dec 28, 2006)

    not bad!! it would need at least wma and ogg support! otherwhise great app :P

  46. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.57 (Dec 3, 2006)

    Though it doesn't look nice ,it is a very useful software for one who owns thousands of Mp3.Nice !

  47. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.57 (Nov 30, 2006)

    Incredible useful to handle thousands of files, great sound, doesn't touch the registry, support for winamp decode plugins, all in 100KB.
    it's true that it takes a little more resources than winamp2 (I didn't tested it against winamp5) but no more than 5% of cpu and 10MB of memory (at least in a average 1Ghz/512MB pc), otherwise to improve the playing and avoid "audio skips" go to settings=>audio and set: "Maximun wave buffer: 64KB" and "Number of buffers: 32", then in settings=>control check "High task priority".

  48. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.57 (Nov 2, 2006)

    Very nice and small but the audio skips when too many resources on the pc is being used.Not even winamp does this and that program alone is a resource hog..

    btw,include an uninstaller etc..

  49. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.57 (Sep 15, 2006)

    Nice and small but im still gonna stick with xmplay. also lightweight but imho cooler and with more features.
    still its nice and fast and loads better than winamp or wmp.

  50. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.57 (Sep 15, 2006)

    Excelent small player, it serves for me as a quick-preview app. Using winamp as the main player, I set 1by1 to open mp3s by default as it loads instantly and I can preview all audio files in the directory one by one;), just like using a photo viewer..

  51. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.57 (Sep 14, 2006)

    The simplest, smallest, best media player for those who don't need any skin and don't like to manage playlists.

    However, it uses a bit more CPU usage than Winamp 2.x (for today's computuer, the difference may be 1% more CPU usage)

    Moreover, it will be perfect if it can be set to play all media files under one folder (eg. C:\Music) and auto search all dirs under that folder, instead searching every single folder in a particular drive.

  52. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.57 (Sep 14, 2006)

    Oh i just love this, i have been using Fubar last years but this one will probably replace it.
    Im a linux user and i always loved the database driven MPD with clients and this one is just about as good as that, keep up the good work.

  53. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.57 (Sep 14, 2006)

    Improved Big title view configuration · Optional simple RSS feed title display · Track time display improved for Gapless play · Better list handling on file move, rename and date change · Saving settings and track position on quit by shutdown · New About animation · Some more improvements.

    I'm too lazy to manage playlists, this presents all my music files in front of me, quickly and easily. Very well written, tiny in size(actual executable is less than 60kb!) All it really needs is shoutcast and it'll replace evil player for me.

  54. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.57 (Sep 14, 2006)

    This little bugger is a favorite. I use it to play my vast collection of Stern MP3s. Lots of useful features for such a small program.

  55. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.56 (Jul 31, 2006)

    Simple, easy to use, with all the features you need.

    This isn't Winamp or iTunes or WMP. Nuff said. But sometimes all you want to do is to listen to music.

    The Winamp Input plugin support is key. Should be able to play any file out there because of that.

    1. Winamp
    2. 1by1
    3. wmp11 (nothing before)
    4. iTunes (maybe 3)

  56. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.56 (Jun 19, 2006)

    I would give a 5 for this nice little [infact very small]program. Works fine with existing playlist (.m3u), but has problems in playlists with shared files located in a remote computer. I would also suggest having a small feature up in the next release - "Minimize to tray".

  57. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.56 (Jun 13, 2006)

    I rate this program a 5, nice little program, works work, quick and easy to use, no hang ups on windows xp at all. The only single complaint i have about it, is the installer, there no icon in start / program files / 1BY1 / 1BY1.EXE it only put an icon on the desktop, and personally i have noiconsdesktop setting. Minor gripe easily fixed.
    FreeExtractor is the installer.

  58. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.56 (Jun 13, 2006)

    Unlike some *cough* czekar *cough* I am reviewing the PROGRAM, not the f%^&ing screenshot.

    1by1 is a fantastic little piece of programming that does exactly what I need as I am anal-retentive enough to organize all of my media files in a complicated folder hierarchy.

  59. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.56 (Jun 13, 2006)

    I hate clicking on a screenshot and getting the exact same damn picture in a full sized window. I'll stick with Media Monkey.

    This program works just fine but that shouldn't surprise anyone as it does next to nothing.

  60. 5 out of 5 stars
    Lisa Hayes

    Reviewing 1.55 (May 10, 2006)

    uhh... you don't need an uninstaller for this program. (unless it modifies the registry, then you NEED an uninstaller to remove them)

    just delete the folder if you're done with it.

  61. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.55 (May 7, 2006)

    It could use an uninstaller.

  62. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.55 (May 6, 2006)

    I just love these tiny apps, like 1by1 or uTorrent. Kudos to developer.

    I afree with comment that audio qulity could be better, let's hope the authour will improve it.

    Nevertheless 5 stars ^^

  63. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.55 (May 5, 2006)

    Very useable player, steadily developed, clean, and light. It could use better default colours, as weel as an option to change font.

    I use foobar2000 because of a combination of features I cannot find elsewhere (proper Unicode, proper gapless, kernel streaming, friendly converter, and more), but I like 1by1 a lot.

  64. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.55 (May 5, 2006)

    Been using this for 7 months over Foobar2000 with satisfaction, for people who want skinning and plugins, XMPlay.

    You'll notice the installer adds 30k to the overall size of this. Yeah, it's tiny.

  65. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.54 (Mar 30, 2006)

    Doesn't have the quality sound of apollo (that it sounds better than any other) but it's very much easy and efective if you need to handle large mp3 collections since contrary to apollo that works only with playlist it has an explorer interface and a fast search, also can create playlist easly (drag & drop) and it support winamp plugins to give support for other filetypes like ogg vorbis.
    No mention that the program is incredible small (less than 100KB) and like other user said doesn't need installation and more important it store the all the settings in .ini files instead touch the registry. Can't be more happy with this player.

  66. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.54 (Mar 29, 2006)

    Love it-easy to use needs no installation and does not write to the registry plus can edit mp3 tags-what more could one ask for?My mistake-old version needed no installation-this one does but I still like it!

  67. 4 out of 5 stars
    Lisa Hayes

    Reviewing 1.50 (Oct 5, 2005)

    just the kind i was looking for.

    a minimalistic player with an explorer-like interface, which is basically the design of 1by1.
    Now i don't have to rely on playlists, as my music files get moved from one place to another frequently.

    tried apollo. Basically, it looks and feels the same as most other mp3 players out there, give or take its own unique plugins and stuff [ithout the tree interface].

    Though i still have the same problem [as was the older versions] when i adjusted the volume via the 1by1 menu. The WAVE settings in the audio panel gets moved down. Which is quite a hassle since i haven't modified it in the first place. If this gets fixed, then all the better.

  68. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.46 (Sep 4, 2004)

    Well it does what it says, but it's ugly as itself.
    Try Apollo, unknown kick a** minimalist player with great gapless/crossfade playback:

  69. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.46 (Sep 4, 2004)

    Simple & fast:
    auto resume,
    gapless output,
    global hotkeys,
    volume normalizing
    winamp input plugin support
    and more...

  70. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.36 (Aug 8, 2003)

    As far as simplicity and great sound goes, it really does not get any better than this! No, it doesnt have all the fancy skins and stuff but who cares?? Plays mp3s, and handles the task with grace. Deserves 10 stars, if the ratings went up that high...

  71. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.34 (Mar 9, 2003)

    For the purpose of it 1by1 is as perfect of a minimalist player to be ever seen. Having to no longer deal with playlists when not needed it is just as sweet as winamp. It also has its own built in audio enhancer and along with its smooth ease of use it definitely ranks way above foobar2000.

  72. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.2 Beta (Feb 16, 2002)

    the 1.2 version is a big improvement over prior versions. the new interface is very very welcome. keep the good work.

  73. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.2 Beta (Feb 16, 2002)

    Fastest Music Player download I've ever seen. No graphics equalize, or volume controls, but, it sounds good. A good, basic, no frills, music player.

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