Many moons ago, Winamp was the only software Windows users needed to play their collection of music or other audio files. But all good things come to an end and so did Winamp. Now if you want a lightweight audio player that can go through your audio files one at a time, then you can either use 1by1 directory player that I personally use myself or you can try open-source media player called VUPlayer.
VUPlayer is a small, lightweight and portable audio player that allows you to load playlists in a variety of formats. If you do not want to load the playlists, then you can just add a folder containing all the audio files and it will start playing them one by one. It supports all the popular audio file formats such as MP3, FLAC, OGG, WAV, WMA, XM and many more.
From the toolbar you can control the playback operations (play/pause/stop, forward, back etc), you can toggle the cross-fade effect (one track fades out and next track fades in), equalizer and so on. You can adjust not only the volume but also the stereo distribution to the left or to the right.
By default, it displays the artwork embedded inside the audio files being played. But you can right-click on the artwork and choose peak meter, oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer or VU meter etc. The VU meter mimics the analog meters that were used decades ago.
Apart from being a music player application, VUPlayer can also act like an audio format converter. You can select tracks from the playlist and then click on the convert buyton in the toolbar to launch the converter. It is able to convert the tracks into MP3, FLAC and WAV formats. But not many conversion options can be changed by the user.
VUPlayer is minimal audio player that works smoothly in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. It is the only player you will need to enjoy your music in Windows. If you are using Windows “N” editions, then you may have to install Windows Media Feature pack first.
You can download VUPlayer from https://github.com/jfchapman/VUPlayer/releases/.