Sometimes you want an application with a ton of options, and sometimes you just want to simplify. Many audio players, for instance, come with equalizers and visualizations, but if all you want is just to play the music, all you need is Neformal. Neformal doesn’t support playlists, podcasts, or other cool modern stuff. It just plays the files, one after another, in a selected directory.



Neformal has no sound processing engine of its own or built-in codecs. Instead, developer Peter Semiletov says, it uses system-wide codecs: DirectShow on Windows and GStreamer or Xine on Linux. “The main feature of Neformal is ‘just play,’” he says. “It looks like a file manager with playing capabilities.”

Neformal sports just one window, a few tabs, and a few options.