Spider 2.5.3 for Windows

by Advanced Audio Software, Inc.

Avg. Rating 4.5 (145 votes)

File Details

File Size 3.4 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows 2000/Server 2003/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 13,507
Publisher Advanced Audio Software, Inc.
Homepage Spider

Publisher's Description

Spider is a free, feature-rich, and easy-to-use audio player for Windows based on "Bass audio library" from Un4seen. This program has Unicode support, powerful tag editors for different file types, music ripping support, CD-text support, CD extractor, easy to use song lyrics editor, internet streaming, skins support, support for different interface languages and more.

Latest Reviews

bobad

bobad reviewed v2.4.6 on Oct 11, 2010

Pretty good knockoff of XMPlayer. Looks great, sounds great, portable option, what more can you want? 5 stars! I still prefer XMPlayer, but this is very close!

v4npro

v4npro reviewed v2.4.1 on Apr 6, 2010

AIMP does have a raido browser. It's a plugin that comes with it.

Aegis69

Aegis69 reviewed v2.4.1 on Apr 6, 2010

If AIMP would just build a radio browser into it, I would have no need for Spider.

Till then I use SPIDER for radio and AIMP as my main player, and I only use those because AUDACIOUS, the only good open source player is not available on Windows.

edit: ok found AIMP's radio browser, that must be a new feature since I last updated.

Alexander-GG

Alexander-GG reviewed v2.3.11 on Aug 4, 2009

AIMP is light, feature rich and besides, totally free.

guesswho

guesswho reviewed v2.3.10 on Jul 19, 2009

@URAWMD
What a misleading comment! This is exactly what "this thing" doesn't do.
Of course the download page has a strong "buy pro" message, but the program itself *never* nags you. And most PRO features are there in the Basic version, but with some limitations, for obvious reasons.
P.S.
Disregard the rating, I'm biased :) Just wanted to add some clarity.

URAWMD

URAWMD reviewed v2.3.10 on Jul 7, 2009

Buy the pro version, Buy the pro version, Buy the pro version, Buy the pro version...That's all this thing does

urlwolf

urlwolf reviewed v2.3.9.5 on Jan 24, 2009

Well, feature-wise it's obviously not at the level of Mediamonkey (MM) or Winamp (i.e., currently it has no library, no last.fm support etc). But, for some reason I cannot fathom, it sounds better to ME. It's also very light in memory usage, and keyboard-friendly; that's all I need for now. I drag form MM library to this, then close MM because I cannot afford the memory it takes.

Great program. We should all be proud that things like this get written.
PS: I'd really like to know what it does to make it sound better than others!

coover

coover reviewed v2.3.9.1 on Nov 17, 2008

Publiusher's page is down. Homepage is down. Download page is down.

Still, the application is certainly one of the best of it's type.

I assume whatever problems the Publisher is having will be fixed, hopefully soon, so I will continue to try to get the download.

Spider is very, very good.

petiot

petiot reviewed v2.3.9 on Nov 5, 2008

well a 5 partially because it pisses me off to see people writing "good but does not have this or this and I would like to see this bla bla". This player may not have all the features of all the music player altogether, but it has many that other don't. To start with it is portable, and i wish more developers would make their apps portable. It is a prehistoric approach to coding to write all over C and in the registry.

Apart from this, the player is nicely thought, and nicely implemented. You don't like the default skin, choose the second on installed. At least the developer had the taste of putting two skins with different graphic feel to them. you dont like the color, change the hue setting and you get any color you want. Then the radio feature works flawlessly. Favorite is simple but very usable. Format conversion and CD ripping is nice in the pro version (you can rip to flac). it displays audio quality where it should be: in the main GUI, it has a ten band equalizer etc etc. I didn't even start using all the features of this player yet.

What I would like to see (or to know how to do) is to be able to display track data in the playlist (like album, kbps, etc).

Thanks and keep up with the excellent work!

improvelence

improvelence reviewed v2.3.9 on Nov 4, 2008

DudeBoyz is really on this programs johnson. This thing is not very likeable. Plays songs but I see no advantage to this over other players. Default interface is ugly.

Avg. Rating 4.5 (145 votes)
Your Rating
bobad

bobad reviewed v2.4.6 on Oct 11, 2010

Pretty good knockoff of XMPlayer. Looks great, sounds great, portable option, what more can you want? 5 stars! I still prefer XMPlayer, but this is very close!

v4npro

v4npro reviewed v2.4.1 on Apr 6, 2010

AIMP does have a raido browser. It's a plugin that comes with it.

Aegis69

Aegis69 reviewed v2.4.1 on Apr 6, 2010

If AIMP would just build a radio browser into it, I would have no need for Spider.

Till then I use SPIDER for radio and AIMP as my main player, and I only use those because AUDACIOUS, the only good open source player is not available on Windows.

edit: ok found AIMP's radio browser, that must be a new feature since I last updated.

Alexander-GG

Alexander-GG reviewed v2.3.11 on Aug 4, 2009

AIMP is light, feature rich and besides, totally free.

guesswho

guesswho reviewed v2.3.10 on Jul 19, 2009

@URAWMD
What a misleading comment! This is exactly what "this thing" doesn't do.
Of course the download page has a strong "buy pro" message, but the program itself *never* nags you. And most PRO features are there in the Basic version, but with some limitations, for obvious reasons.
P.S.
Disregard the rating, I'm biased :) Just wanted to add some clarity.

URAWMD

URAWMD reviewed v2.3.10 on Jul 7, 2009

Buy the pro version, Buy the pro version, Buy the pro version, Buy the pro version...That's all this thing does

urlwolf

urlwolf reviewed v2.3.9.5 on Jan 24, 2009

Well, feature-wise it's obviously not at the level of Mediamonkey (MM) or Winamp (i.e., currently it has no library, no last.fm support etc). But, for some reason I cannot fathom, it sounds better to ME. It's also very light in memory usage, and keyboard-friendly; that's all I need for now. I drag form MM library to this, then close MM because I cannot afford the memory it takes.

Great program. We should all be proud that things like this get written.
PS: I'd really like to know what it does to make it sound better than others!

coover

coover reviewed v2.3.9.1 on Nov 17, 2008

Publiusher's page is down. Homepage is down. Download page is down.

Still, the application is certainly one of the best of it's type.

I assume whatever problems the Publisher is having will be fixed, hopefully soon, so I will continue to try to get the download.

Spider is very, very good.

petiot

petiot reviewed v2.3.9 on Nov 5, 2008

well a 5 partially because it pisses me off to see people writing "good but does not have this or this and I would like to see this bla bla". This player may not have all the features of all the music player altogether, but it has many that other don't. To start with it is portable, and i wish more developers would make their apps portable. It is a prehistoric approach to coding to write all over C and in the registry.

Apart from this, the player is nicely thought, and nicely implemented. You don't like the default skin, choose the second on installed. At least the developer had the taste of putting two skins with different graphic feel to them. you dont like the color, change the hue setting and you get any color you want. Then the radio feature works flawlessly. Favorite is simple but very usable. Format conversion and CD ripping is nice in the pro version (you can rip to flac). it displays audio quality where it should be: in the main GUI, it has a ten band equalizer etc etc. I didn't even start using all the features of this player yet.

What I would like to see (or to know how to do) is to be able to display track data in the playlist (like album, kbps, etc).

Thanks and keep up with the excellent work!

improvelence

improvelence reviewed v2.3.9 on Nov 4, 2008

DudeBoyz is really on this programs johnson. This thing is not very likeable. Plays songs but I see no advantage to this over other players. Default interface is ugly.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v2.3.9 on Nov 4, 2008

Improv - There's no need to make your comments personal, you know?

That said, you have heard about SKINS, right? You know you can change them, right? And, if I was a total fanboy, I'd give it a 5 instead of a 4. But one very cool feature - you know about the Global vs Local keyboard assignments, right? I can control this app from inside of my Rise Of The Witch King and Tiberium Wars sessions. It has a much smaller footprint (in every way) then Music Match 7.5, and that AquaUltraCompact skin makes it tiny enough to be unobtrusive on my desktop. And all this is about the FREE version. Plus, they have a free USB Thumb Drive version too. I only use it as a player - nothing else - and it's free and does a nice job.

Anyway...
Not much change to affect my daily use, but it's playing my audiobooks just fine and I'm glad that new updates do not break the skins (I hear that happens with some web browsers... ) heh.

CHANGE LOG: Spider Player 2.3.9 (November 4, 2008)

Improved:
+ Web Search button can now be turned off in the Options
+ some translations were updated

Changes:
* crossfading is now off by default

Fixed:
- http://spider-player.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1263
- http://spider-player.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1285
- crash when backward search button was pressed with no
search text entered and no playlist items selected

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Spider Player 2.3.8 (October 25, 2008)

New:
+ Backward search in the playlist

Improved:
+ Radio directory:
* hints for truncated lines
* user is now notified, when Shoutcast service is temporarily
unavailable

Fixed:
- Metadata editor didn't recognize UTF8 text in ID3v2 tags correctly

cltx99

cltx99 reviewed v2.3.6 on Oct 23, 2008

I found it to be very unstable, but I would only use it for radio. I was disappointed. I'll try the next release.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v2.3.6 on Oct 23, 2008

It's getting better, but there are a few things still needing to be fixed, and a few config options that I'd like to be added.

First, I'd like the option to Auto-Play when you drag and drop onto the Playlist. You have to drag and drop onto the Player window to get that, which is odd.

Second, depending on where you have your player on the screen, certain dialog boxes can be off the desktop. For instance, if you put the playlist in the very up-right corner and right-click on a song and choose Properties to edit the tag, controls and fields can be cut off because they go offscreen to the right.

Third, the SHUFFLE icon doesn't seem to cause an active shuffle to occur - at least not in terms of track order within the playlist. You have to click on ... button on the bottom of the playlist window and then choose SORT - RANDOMIZE in order to get the playlist to do an active shuffle of the content (change the physical order of the tracks listed there). Well, that's just silly. :)

Fourth, there is no "Total Time" listed for the tracks in the playlist. Would be helpful indeed.

Fifth, if you change the font in "Application Font Override" to something wider than the default (like Verdana for example) then the text in the left side of the OPTIONS dialog can be cut off. There should be a bar between the text and the dialog that allows you to resize the area so nothing does get cut off.

Sixth, it needs a "Mini-Player" mode, like Music Match and iTunes. Yeah, they do have the Aqua UltraCompact skin, but that's about it.

Seventh, given the lack of a true Mini-Player mode, you should be able to set JUST the program window to "STAY ON TOP AT ALL TIMES" so that the playlist / EQ windows don't also stay on top blocking stuff.

Eighth, there are some bugs related to opening and playing some WAV files where Spider Player doesn't perform as expected, but other programs do. For example, Windows Media Player and Music Match can play some wave files at normal speed, but the same wave file plays at like double speed in Spider Player. Need to write in some code to deal with all possible WAV header info so that no assumptions are made that certain values will always be the same. Other players play them fine, and so should Spider.

That about does it for now. :)

It is a good program, but it really could be a bit better, so a rating of 4 seems appropriate.

A rating of 4 is normally my top, cause you have to save the big 5 value for those apps that are far above and beyond the rest of the crowd.

It's like when judges don't give 10's in most olympic gymnastics competitions unless they see something monumentally perfect. Or like those judges on Dancing With The Stars who say "Hey, we usually reserve 10 for PERFECT dances late in the competition."

If we could give it a 4.5, I'd do that probably. But we only get 5 options, and a 5 is too high for this particular app in this particular point in development.

There ya go. :)

coover

coover reviewed v2.3.6 on Oct 22, 2008

I absolutely agree with DudeBoyz (as I frequently do) except for his rating (he always is a bit lower than me). I give this a 5.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v2.3.6 RC3 on Oct 15, 2008

Some very good bug-fixes. Toggles all seem to work as expected, and you can now map the TAB key to switch between the Player Application, Playlist Window and the Equalizer Dialog. Extra actions are good to have available.

Author is very responsive to user input. I'd give this a 4.5 out of 5 if that was available. It's heading to a full rating of 5.

Keep up the great work! This is a very good player.

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