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Playing Modules


Popular applications like WinAMP are able to play the major module formats (XM, IT, S3M, MOD) in a similar method to the way you would play an MP3. However, WinAMP in particular is unable to accurately play certain effects that are quite common in module formats, for example offset and portamento commands, which can significantly affect playback.

XMPlay contrary to it's name, can play a wide variety of module formats and is accept by the general tracking community as the benchmark player.


There are a number of players on Linux too, for example:
  • MikMod (source, but binaries are also available from linked sites);
  • Open Cubic which originally started as a DOS player;
  • XMP, which also supports a wide variety of formats.

Mac OS

Mac OS users shouldn't feel left out either, as there are a couple of players available on this platform too, including:

CocoModX, a player for OSX which can play the major formats;
This is in no way an exhaustive list (see here for more). Also, a good final thought to bear in mind is that nothing plays a module like the program it was written in, especially of the more "modern" formats, such as IT (Impulse Tracker). Although the IT tracker itself is too old to work except in emulators, modern ports such as Schism Tracker should work.
This article was contributed by Kevin 'Gopher' Chow, July 2007