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Zinf is an extensible, cross-platform audio player formerly known as Free Amp. As per the zinf web site "Zinf is based on the FreeAmp source code. However, AMP is a trademark of PlayMedia Systems, Inc., and therefore the original name of the project cannot be used any longer. On this website the old project will be referred to as FreeA*p." Zinf features an optimized version of the GPLed Xing MPEG decoder, a powerful music browser and playlist editor, and a built in download manager which supports downloading files from sites using the RMP (RealJukebox) download process, and a number of the most common features users have come to expect in a clean, easy to use interface, including:

  • Plays all MPEG 1, MPEG 2, and MPEG 2.5 encoded files
  • Support for Xing's Variable Bitrate Encoding Technology.
  • Ability to play songs over the Internet through either HTTP unicast streaming (ShoutCast), or RTP multicast streaming (Obsequiem).
  • Supports IceCast style title streaming.
  • Can save ShoutCast and IceCast streams locally to your computer for offline listening.
  • User defined prebuffering for slower machines.

The GNU/Linux version has these additional features:

  • Enlightened Sound Daemon support
  • Additional ncurses and command line user interfaces


Download version 2.2.5 (stable)
released on 16 February 2004

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GPLv2Janet Casey31 January 2001

Leaders and contributors

Robert Kaye Maintainer

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This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 19 January 2005.


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