Oh the dream! You cannot just let it go. I swapped in C’s old 12GB (huge!) ATA 2.5″ laptop drive into the ‘ole Dell Inspiron 4000 and Windows 2000 booted up normally, ever so slightly faster than Windows XP SP3. This HD drive was from an even slower Dell that had died on me, something like 733 MHz. So now what?
Install Foobar 9.4.5 (last version that runs under Windows 2000)
Post installation disable all Quicktime and iTunes automatic updates
Configure Foobar2000 for your ASIO or Kernel Streaming sound card
Load iTunes library and listen to playback.
Thanks to Mr. Connock for the tip. I had never heard of this particular plugin to bypass the kmixer before, and there is some debate of course as to whether this really does anything. Honestly, Windows Vista does a much better job (so I hear, get it?) with not molesting audio streams so if you have the horsepower by all means upgrade to Vista. Don’t let me or Bill Gates or Jerry Seinfeld stop you.
I was surprised how easily this setup considering the lengths I gone through with XP to achieve similar results. So yeah, I’m happy to have iTunes to manage the music and Foobar2000 to send the ASIO stream out. The best of both worlds if you will. Of course if you use an actual iPod you’d need to either have a different user account with a newer version of iTunes or an entirely separate system for docking/syncing as iTunes 7.0.2 is woefully out of date. In theory an external drive could share or serve the music over your LAN, but I just want to listen to the music, man.