Gretech’s GOM Audio is a music player based on their GOM Media Player. GOM Audio is meant to handle all your audio: MP3s and other files, CDs in the tray, and Internet radio and streams. It supports most audio formats, including AAC files saved as M4As and high-quality and lossless formats like WAV and FLAC. In addition to skins, playlists, and plug-in support, GOM Audio offers an equalizer, A-B repeat, playback speed control, and effects like reverb and surround sound. The latest release, GOM Audio 2 plus, features better exporting of very large playlists and improved CD control and playback. GOM Audio runs in Windows 2000 to 8; we ran it in 7.
During setup, we could associate GOM Audio with various file types, make it our default CD player, and choose other options. Don’t worry; they’re easy to change later on, if you aren’t happy with the results. GOM Audio’s default skin is an attractive brown-themed player with docked playlist. Initially, the playlist window contained a very helpful quick start guide to the program’s most important features, such as the Mode button in the upper-right corner. This button toggles GOM Audio’s small main window between album art, counter, or both; right-clicking it calls up the main menu, which accesses all controls, preferences, playlists, power options, and documentation. We clicked “Skins” and sampled the cute Polar Bear theme as well as our eventual favorite, Fondness, a minimalist design that nevertheless gives quick access to both basic controls and the full menu of options.
The proof is in the playing, so we played some files, including MP3s, WMAs, and similar formats, and then sampled some online sources such as Net radio and streaming files. Entering www.spotify.com returned a playlist full of radio stations. We also tried the equalizer, which can tame unruly desktop speakers and correct other audio issues. We like GOM Audio and think it’d make a great all-in-one player for music lovers.
WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2.2.10
- Sync Lyrics output stabilization
- Strengthen CD audio playback stability
- Support for album images for M4A, FLAC files
- Minor improvements and bugs fixed
GOM Audio is a free music player that can play music from CDs and other formats at high quality. It provides effects and useful features, such as multi-speed playback, pitch adjustment, and equalizer, which are ideal for both general listeners and musicians. GOM achieves the highest quality audio that is optimized for different environments. In addition, it provides sync lyrics for audio playback, so you can listen to music while following the lyrics. If no lyrics are available, you can enter your own lyrics using the Sync Lyrics Editor and then upload them. Moreover, through the GOM Pod Service, you can listen to popular podcasts by streaming or downloading them. What’s even more surprising is that you can enjoy all of these functions not only on your PC, but also on your mobile device.
Useful Features: Playback speed control (0.1x to 2.0x, including an audio correction function); A-B Repeat; Pitch control; Equalizer (Preset and Save My EQ functions); Reverb (Preset and Save My Reverb functions); Audio Effects (Surround, Normalize); Sync lyrics and editor; Podcast streaming and downloading; Internet radio (Open Internet Streams); Shuffle; Playlists; Edit ID3 Tags; Change Skins; Plugin Support; Power Options; Widgets and lock screen controls (for mobile); Link to music videos (for mobile); Support cloud storages (for mobile).