Clean and clever, UltraPlayer is a solid media player contender. Its simple interface keeps controls close at hand and offers some handy tools in a few clicks. Standard audio and video formats are supported as are the requisite skins and visuals (though there seem to be precious few available). UltraPlayer’s limits emerge in its handling of URLs: focused on Internet radio, the program had trouble loading online MP3s or videos in our tests–and for some this may be a deal breaker. However, it distinguishes itself elsewhere with tricks such as saving streaming audio to MP3, converting MP3s to WAVs, and applying audio effects, in addition to featuring a smart and usable interface.
WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2.112
UltraPlayer plays MP3, WAV, CD audio, AVI, MPEG, WMA, and Internet radio streams. UltraPlayer features a dual-mode, intuitive interface with UltraSkins and visualization modules, allowing users to play, build, and manage playlists; tune to and record Internet radio streams; play video files and streams; search for music; convert CD tracks to MP3s, with the EasyMP3 module; convert MP3s to WAV files; set the SmartAlarm.