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5 Best Free Media Players for Windows

Joel Lee Updated 13-12-2019

Trying to choose a media player app is like deciding on a web browser: conflicting opinions abound, everyone wants to convert you to “their” app of choice, and it’s easy to drown beneath all the different options out there.


The good news? Worthwhile media player apps always rise to the top as they distinguish themselves, and for the most part, it doesn’t matter which one you choose. The best media player for you is the one you most enjoy using.

Here are the best media players available for Windows 10.

5 Best Media Players for Windows

1. VLC Media Player

best windows media player vlc media player

VLC Media Player is the most popular media player in the world. If you look on a site like AlternativeTo, you’ll see that VLC ranks up top with over 5,900 Likes with runner-up Media Player Classic coming in at just over 1,000 Likes. VLC is clearly the king. But is it right for you? Maybe, maybe not.

VLC is complex and powerful. “All-in-one solution” describes it best and you can do a lot with it, particularly with all of the advanced settings and options to tweak. The downside? VLC verges on “bloated” status and may not offer the best performance on older, slower hardware.


But if you hate tinkering and just want a media player that’s free and works right out of the box, VLC is the answer. It can stream video URLs in real-time 7 Top Secret Features of the Free VLC Media Player VLC should be your media player of choice. The cross-platform tool has a bag full of secret features you can use right now. Read More , and it can play all standard media types The VLC Media Player - Does it Really Play Everything? Read More , including CDs, DVDs, and most popular video formats like MP4, AVI, and MKV. No need to download, install, and fiddle with codecs.

All in all, we understand why VLC ranks as one of the most popular GitHub projects to date. Considering it’s been in active development since 2001, it’s safe to say that VLC won’t be going anywhere any time soon. For all of this, VLC keeps its spot in our list of best Windows software.

Summary of benefits and notable features:

  • Supports most media codecs out of the box.
  • Supports playback from files, discs, external devices, webcams.
  • Supports online streaming with most mainstream protocols.
  • Hardware acceleration for fast GPU playback.
  • Customize appearance with the VLC Skin Editor.
  • Available on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android.

Download: VLC Media Player (Free)


2. PotPlayer

best windows media player potplayer

PotPlayer is a media player app from South Korea. If VLC didn’t have such a strong brand identity, I think PotPlayer would probably stand in its place as king of the free media players.

VLC and PotPlayer share a lot in common, notably that they both serve as easy all-in-one media players for users who just want an out-of-the-box solution. But unlike VLC, which can run into trouble when dealing with larger files or cutting-edge video formats, PotPlayer always works.

And if you want to tweak options and customize to your liking, PotPlayer lets you. In fact, you’ll find it packed with more settings than even VLC, and lots of advanced features like scene previews, bookmarks, clip recording, and more. And best of all, it uses fewer resources than VLC.


Most users probably won’t care, but you should know that PotPlayer is free but proprietary software (i.e. not open source).

Summary of benefits and notable features:

  • Detailed interface that shows a lot without being cluttered.
  • Supports most media codecs out of the box.
  • Supports playback from files, discs, external devices.
  • Supports online streaming with most mainstream protocols.
  • Better handling of large files (Blu-ray) and cutting-edge formats.
  • Available on Windows only.

Download: Daum PotPlayer (Free)

If you like the idea of PotPlayer and other portable apps, take a look at this list of the best portable apps that require no installation The Best Portable Apps That Require No Installation Portable apps don't need installation. You can run them from even a flash drive. Here are the best portable apps around. Read More .


3. Media Player Classic

best windows media player media player classic

Media Player Classic is one of those apps that can stir up nostalgia and send you down memory lane Remember These? 7 Ancient Windows Programs Still Used Today They say technology advances at an exponential rate. But did you know some programs have been around for multiple decades? Join us for a walk down Nostalgia Lane and discover the oldest surviving Windows programs. Read More . Released back in 2003, it was the favored alternative to Windows Media Player back during the Windows XP days. It stalled development in 2006, and has since forked into two separate projects: Home Cinema (MPC-HC) and Black Edition (MPC-BE).

Home Cinema is the better choice for everyday users, aiming to remain as lightweight as possible, while supporting the latest standards and video formats. Black Edition is the superpowered version with more features, improvements, and enhancements, but it isn’t as simple to use.

And that’s really the biggest selling point of Media Player Classic: fast performance, low resource usage, small installation size—truly lightweight in every way. It handles most formats without issue, and it supports some advanced features like subtitle downloads, video capture, and integration with Skype.

Media Player Classic is the largest open-source alternative to VLC. If you don’t like how much bloat VLC took on over the past few years, and if you don’t like PotPlayer’s closed-source development, then this is the media player for you.

Note: MPC-HC was discontinued in July 2017, but it still works well and is worth using.

Summary of benefits and notable features:

  • Intuitive and easy-to-use interface.
  • Supports most media codecs out of the box.
  • Supports playback from files, discs, external devices.
  • Extremely lightweight, which means great performance on old machines.
  • Advanced features like subtitle downloads and Skype integration.
  • Available on Windows only.

Download: Media Player Classic (Free)

4. ACG Player

best windows media player acg player

Now that we’ve got the “Big Three” out of the way, I want to highlight this gem of a video player that’s in the Microsoft Store. It’s called ACG Player and it’s tragically underrated. If you thought Media Player Classic was lightweight, this will blow you away.

The first thing you’ll notice is the simplified interface and touch-based controls. Tap the top half for Play/Pause, tap the bottom half to toggle the controls. Swipe left-right to rewind and fast-forward, swipe up-down for volume. Obviously this app was designed for Windows 10 tablets, but keyboard shortcut alternatives exist too.

Advanced features include gesture customizations, multiple window mode, playlist management, online stream playback, and the ability to tweak subtitle appearances and animations. You can also opt for Ax-Lite Video Player, which is a faster version with some of the features cut out.

In short, ACG Player is one of the few apps in the Microsoft Store worth using. It may be barebones, but it’s more than enough.

Summary of benefits and notable features:

  • Simple, gesture-based interface. Great for tablets!
  • Supports most media codecs out of the box.
  • Supports playback from files, discs, external devices.
  • Lightweight and barebones design.
  • Available on Windows only.

Download: ACG Player (Free)

5. MPV

best windows media player mpv

In MPV, we have another free, open-source, cross-platform contender to VLC. This particular project is a fork of both MPlayer and mplayer2, keeping the good bits of those, throwing out the junk, and introducing a whole lot more goodies.

The first thing that stands out is the lack of a traditional user interface. It’s a pure video player with minimal controls overlaid at the bottom—and it’s mostly controlled using mouse movements. Nifty and convenient for touchscreen devices.

Between MPV and VLC, MPV is definitely harder to use if you want to do anything more than just watch stuff. It’s generally more efficient and less demanding resource-wise, but things like fiddling with subtitles or streaming to Chromecast can be a pain.

Overall, it has a bit of a niche appeal, but it’s certainly worth giving a try. What do you have to lose?

Summary of benefits and notable features:

  • Minimal, mouse-based user interface.
  • Supports most media codecs out of the box.
  • Excellent video quality, even when scaling.
  • Lightweight and efficient video playback.
  • Available on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android.

Download: MPV (Free)

Which Media Player App Do You Use on Windows?

Not happy with the current crop of media players? You can still install the classic Windows Media Player. I’m personally settled on VLC Media Player for my main computer and Media Player Classic for my older laptop.

If you do install it, take a look at how to rotate videos in Windows Media Player How to Rotate a Video in Windows Media Player Some videos need to be rotated before you can view them with comfort. Can you rotate a video in Windows Media Player and view it? Read More .

Related topics: Media Player, VLC Media Player, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Media Player.

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  1. mikenyny
    October 31, 2019 at 11:55 am

    I am a dinosaur - in that I am still using Windows 7; when they were pushing Windows 10 back in late 2015, I downloaded "never 10" (83kb) and that was that. My default media player is Media Player Classic - which I started using in 2008, but I also use VLC and WMP: WMP as a last resort. (I also refuse to use any newer version of Office except Office 2010.) When my Windows 7 PC eventually dies, I will either go (back) to Mac or maybe try Linux.

  2. Wes
    October 14, 2018 at 3:15 am


  3. Linda
    October 13, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    I've found the VLC player to be extremely invasive with long tentacles reaching deeply into the depths of a computer and almost impossible to delete completely when necessary. Windows Media Player and Winamp seem to do the best jobs imho and need little if any tweaking. As someone who has been creating and streaming internet radio programs to a satellite encoder for 5+ years, WMP and Winamp are our choices and what our group of stations use for newbie and experienced personnel using Windows-based computers for broadcasting.

  4. AnthonyL
    October 13, 2018 at 12:06 am

    I still use Winamp. Even after 21 yrs it still kicks the Llama ass. Never had an issue of playing any audios or videos that I through at it.

  5. Roy Davis
    August 22, 2017 at 2:27 am

    What do you say about RealTimes (Formerly Realplayer)?

  6. nubwaxer
    June 22, 2017 at 3:06 am

    ok, VLC has gone to shit, media player classic works great and my first use of KODI showed it to work quite well. BOMI comes as a useless compressed file. there are others like KMP, etc. that just won't install on my windows 7 PC.

  7. Angelina Grey
    June 13, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Wooo... I got two new ones..!! Thanks Mate... My favorite is Bomi Player by the way..!! Rich features and smooth driving of video...


  8. Lovins. B.
    March 9, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I've been staying with 5KPlayer and VLC for 2 years, using them both and they simply play all my 1080p, and 4K videos without glitch. Sometimes VLC have problems with H.265 but lucky enough 5KPlayer doesn't.

  9. David
    March 5, 2017 at 3:08 am

    You missed smplayer. It's a very capable front-end to mplayer.

    • Nobruca
      October 12, 2018 at 6:05 am

      SMPlayer is my default media player on Windows. I use VLC on my Mac, although IINA (https://lhc70000.github.io/iina/) looks pretty promising.

  10. RFandy
    November 19, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    ACG Player isn't for "Windows". It works only with Windows 10. No other Windows version is supported.

  11. Hariharasudhan C
    October 23, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    CherryPlayer and KMP ?

  12. Andrew Morris
    October 18, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    I"m a Happy Camper with GOM!

  13. Andrew Gulak
    October 17, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Love VLC, just wish the skins were better. You lose all control of the interface. Since all I came to do was cry about VLC, I'll add that I really wish they';d bring back the shut down your computer at the end of the playlist feature.

  14. Raoul
    October 17, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    "Another big one is the ability to seek by searching for subtitle text!" Did you know that "seek" means search for? That's like "stroll by walking."

  15. Wesley
    October 17, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    KMPlayer, clean & sharp

    • Randy
      November 19, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Too many ads.

      • Kamyk Aster
        November 24, 2016 at 10:28 am

        Agreed. That's how I ended up looking for a list like this. KMP used to be great but now it's worse than some android apps at throwing ads in your face.

        • Randy
          November 25, 2016 at 5:07 am


          Try Pot Player.

  16. danny6114
    October 17, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Are there any players compatible with Chromecast? I prefer to watch with my TV rather than my computer screen and it comes with the added benefit of my surround sound.

  17. Deezy
    October 17, 2016 at 2:07 am

    I've got 5 year old PCs that play VLC just fine, thank you. Whatever "1 year old PC" you have that can't handle VLC might just be the problem...

    • Don
      October 17, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      Totally agree. I have VLC running extremely well on 12 year old systems so the problem isn't with VLC.

  18. David Carter
    October 15, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    The one media player which never gets mentioned in any list for popular consumption is Zoom Player. Why that is I do not know. Try it.

  19. Abhi
    October 15, 2016 at 1:38 am

    Potplayer - the best!

    September 15, 2016 at 11:40 am

    pot player is best.........must try everybody

    September 15, 2016 at 11:39 am

    pot player is best even on low configuration pc's........thanks pot player

  22. Ted
    August 23, 2016 at 5:06 am

    GOM is SPYWARE. Even when you uncheck the online part of the program as soon as you try to watch something from on your computer it reaches for the internet, it is spyware.

  23. angela
    August 18, 2016 at 7:30 am

    After I downloaded GOM, my browser (Firefox) didn't work properly. It might have just been a coincidence but I didn't have any problems with Firefox before or after I deleted all traces of GOM from my computer.

    I downloaded GOM because I was looking for a media player with the same functions as VLC (being able to make adjustments so talking is as loud as background noise/music on a video) but GOM didn't haven't this ability - I think.

    I was looking for a new media player because when I play a video with VLC, the sound will often 'crackle' and fade out. I've posted on VLC's Facebook page (with no response) and I can't sign up with VLC's website forum.

  24. Jaquie
    January 23, 2016 at 5:14 am

    OMG this is such BULLshi(t). I was actually looking for a good, but no-frills audio player and was enthusd about the authors notes on "Gom", so I downloaded it. Well, it installed Bing and Gameo (online games for free) even though I selected for it not to. After it did that, it wasn't even that impressive of a program to use. In any case, I uninstalled it using Revo Uninstaller and I'm so glad I did. It left TONS of crap on my computer that Revo and Ccleaner caught.

  25. Anonymous
    July 31, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    I've been using VLC and GOM Player.. but lately there is a new codec introduced which is x265 HEVC, but VLC or GOM among other media players can't play it smoothly. In VLC you can see the green screen flashing while playing it in every few minutes. And other media players get distorted audio and video. Any help??
    can anyone recommend me any other player..

    • Anonymous
      August 14, 2015 at 3:44 am

      Ultra HD videos are often coded with H.265 HEVC, if you intend to play HEVC files, I suggest you to try 5KPlayer,http://www.5kplayer.com. and when I upgrade to Windows 10, it can still play all my HD and 4K files wonderfully. :) Hope this would help you, and do you happen to have any idea of what video converter I could use on my Windows, the one that is not so expensive?

    • Anonymous
      August 14, 2015 at 3:54 am

      ultra HD videos are often coded with H.265 HEVC, if you intend to play HEVC files, 5KPlayer is suggested from me, and when I upgrade to Windows 10, it still plays every HD and UHD files I downloaded. Hope this 5KPlayer could play your HEVC files too and do you happen to have any idea of what video converter I could use on Windows? the one that is not so expensive? Anyway, just gambling my chance here:)

    • Anonymous
      September 23, 2015 at 7:38 am

      I used VLC, too. A really classic free media player. Sometimes, I want to see some other languages' movie.


      It's hard to use external subtitles. Free Media Player could support this function.

  26. Kevin Mathew
    April 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    GOM Player helped me, thanks for the suggestion! God bless!

  27. Eddy
    April 6, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Have you guys heard of QQ player. it's a great player
    I think KMPlayer and QQ player are the best players ever

  28. BiscuitEdi
    January 25, 2015 at 1:56 am

    I agree that MPCHC is a great video player but I like a polished interface too so I get mpc with codec pack and afterwards install alshow player. Works perfect and looks great.

  29. Yunus
    January 20, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Daum PotPlayer & KM Player

  30. Andrew
    January 28, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    OMG IT Crowd on the VLC Player!

    I agree with VLC for movies, but for music, it's boiled down to Foobar and Songbird. Everything else is really just meh.

  31. harry
    January 24, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Hey among all players KMPlayer is the best by comparing all the features it was the best one. With clear sound clarity and video clarity with all its decoders and album art gives a sleek look its really a very good one .No player can reach it.

  32. RIDIP
    January 21, 2010 at 10:02 pm


  33. God
    January 19, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    JetAudio Plus VX for music because it has added enhancements that other players make you pay for, and its free on the internets. For video I used to use GOM player but now I've found that the player included in the K-Lite Mega Codec install is cool, Media Player Classic Home Cinema is the best, it utilizes the least amount of CPU and memory of all players for less stuttering and system bogdown, and because I'm running and Atom CPU I really need that.

    • hamid
      November 10, 2018 at 7:23 am

      every single time i use jetaudio and close, it crashes, wanting to send a report to beta@jetaudio.com to a mailbox that doesn't exist. tired of seeing the crash report. that's why i'm here

  34. SAN
    December 17, 2009 at 12:35 am


    NEW VERSION IS v2.60, build 525

  35. ipod-transfer
    December 11, 2009 at 12:32 am

    How to transfer video to ipod?here is an answer.

  36. gopal shankar
    November 30, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    km player is best among all the media players as shown above./

  37. Jawad Ahmed
    October 9, 2009 at 3:43 am

    i have just downloaded the software 'songbird' really awesome..!!!

  38. Jawad Ahmed
    October 9, 2009 at 3:42 am

    nice softwares...!!!

  39. metalhorde
    September 24, 2009 at 1:32 am

    its the TOP 5, not the top 100, thats why the others wern't mentioned!! And aimp does NOT have video play, there for its not a media, but an audio player. Same goes for mediamonkey.

  40. ted
    August 10, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks for letting us know about songbird, looks like a sick new project, can't wait to mess with it!

  41. kyle
    August 6, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    i'm surprised you didn't add media monkey, how come?

  42. Gerard Syms
    July 27, 2009 at 12:19 am


    I forgot to forward my system specs: Windows XP Pro Version 2002, Service Pack 3, with an AMD Sempron 2600 processor, running at 1.6 GHz. I have an Asus board, the K8V-MX series, VIA K8M800 Chipset support.

    Again, thanks for any help with my problem.

  43. Gerard Syms
    July 26, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Hey, Will,

    Again, I'm grateful for your response. I think I've found the real source of the problem: a 'missing' media audio controller. I believe what happened last night was that in trying to set my audio right, I clicked on the SoundMax icon only to get the message that it was not present. I found this odd, since i saw the icon pinned to the start menu, present on my all programs menu as well as located in the control panel.
    No matter where I tried to open it, no interface came up. So... I, unwisely I should say now, removed it from my programs! Now, I'm having a time finding the right media audio controller and the correct drivers. Frustrating, doubly so because I brought this on myself.
    Again, any advice or help would be peachy, mon!Thanks for whatever you could do, 'k?

  44. Gerard Syms
    July 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Hello, Will and thanks for the response. Let me give you as full a picture as possible:first of all, I didn't see any error messages, nor did I hear any sounds. I don't know if my choice of media to test is the problem here: c.d.s. I haven't completed my task of committing all my c.d.s to the digital side of things as yet.
    This was quite the strangest thing for me to experience, I mean, nothing, absolutely nothing responded when I tried to operated controls on Media Jukebox and MediaMonkey. With Quintessential, I opened it again and tried to get just the web radio functional and nothing. It's controls seemed frozen and unresponsive too. In MediaMonkey, the c.d. I used wasn't a burn, but the genuine article, the program read it and identified each track and yet, when I clicked on 'play now', nothing but silence and a rolling over of the track titles.
    With Quintessential, the radio allows you to choose a station, but then when you click on play selected station, nothing but silence and the entire screen just freezes.No kidding! I just did that little experiment again and guess what? Now the screen won't even minimize. It seems to have locked up, or trying to lock up everything. I just don't get it.
    I do hope you can give advice quickly. It's frustrating!

    • Will Mueller
      July 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm

      Well, I am not sure of the specifics of your system. But, you should be sure you have a compatible operating system (of course), and a 32-bit OS/chip if necessary, as well as enough RAM (over 1.5GB of course). Other then that, MediaMonkeey only skips ovr tracks if it is unable to read the tracks or if they are not in the proper location. You should also make sure your tracks are in the proper, playable format (mp3, wav, flac, etc) and that you have set proper permissions to each application, etc. There could always be a problem with the registry, in which case, the only fix is usually to re-install the operating system.

  45. Gerard Syms
    July 26, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Here's wot, folks: on Thursday just as Windows was almost finished downloading media player 11, boom!, electricity goes, system goes, then restarts and I can't get the media player to open!So, what does a guy do, but google search an' try out stuff?
    Right, but guess what?
    1. Shoutcast on winamp wasn't working.
    2. Songbird doesn't support c.ds!!!!
    3. Quintessential worked for about 1 c.d and then decided that it wouldn't do it for others and, for good measure, the shoutcast radio refuses to work. Hell, it locks up my system when uninstalling! It's still on, i've left it alone!
    4. MediaMonkey... sorry not working and...
    5. Oh, yeah:Media jukebox refuses to work also....
    I'm wonderin' wot the heck is goin' on...

    • Will Mueller
      July 26, 2009 at 1:38 pm

      It would help if you were more descriptive. Tell us, is there an error message, do you not hear sound, etc. Just saying that an application is "sorry not working" does not help us to address your problem.

  46. Chrisclap
    July 23, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Come on people the top five an Moovida is not up there thats ruff, Moovida is flipping fantastic, well it is what i have been using for ages an will continue to use.

    You should check it out

  47. Anshul
    June 25, 2009 at 8:07 am

    My vote goes to Media Monkey.I have used a lot of media players and all of the above mentioned but Media Monkey is my favourite.
    its got interchangeable skins and auto tag from web feature
    it cant play videos however

  48. Bretteo
    June 8, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    When it come to tunes im always ising Cowon Jet Audio


    As for movies etc? i have always and prolly always will use MPC

  49. MIke
    June 7, 2009 at 1:53 am

    i just got got media monkey. dont like the fade in/out thing. ruins the songs i think. and its a bitch trying to figure out how to update the album info. keeps getting me to try to buy shit.

  50. Nigel
    April 11, 2009 at 8:42 am

    I use MediaMonkey and am quite happy with it - my use is probably far less sophisticated as the rest of you, so simple is better in my case - would like to see reviews of the other players mentioned in these comments - better yet, how about a datasheet comparison feature-by-feature?

    great article - thanks!

  51. Juan Carlo
    March 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Great players, but I think neither Songbird nor Media Jukebox handle podcasts... or do they? That's a deal breaker for me.

  52. Afras
    February 21, 2009 at 2:20 am

    very good players but i am expecting little more.
    " Enjoyable Players "

  53. ja
    February 3, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Which one(s), if any, allow you to filter for duplicates in your collection?

    December 15, 2008 at 8:58 am

    hii, the VLC player is best for watching vedios...GOM player is also the best player....but we can get good clarity in VLC

  55. Abhishek
    November 6, 2008 at 10:07 am

    The players are good.
    It would be better if latest versions are available to download on this site.

  56. revan
    October 30, 2008 at 2:53 am

    aimp2 is that underrated?

  57. ryan
    October 28, 2008 at 6:09 am

    The video you're playing in the VLC is hilarious! I love "The IT Crowd"...

    As far as the players go, I'll have to try out some of the new suggestions to me.

  58. Josiah Guile
    October 27, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Here's another vote for foobar2000. It's light, fast, and extremely customizable.

  59. Davin Peterson
    October 27, 2008 at 10:35 am

    A good one you forgot is MediaMonkey. You can download free at mediamonkey.com

  60. manny
    October 27, 2008 at 1:38 am

    No mater how cumbersome.... i tried playing videos simultaneosly, from vlc, cyberlink, gom you name it. The victor is Media Player Classic. It gave thre richest color, vibrant and clear.

    The best things in life are 4 free. hehehe.

    B4 i used winamp, 4 music playing because it has dfx really better quality in sounds, yet it messes up with my video codecs with other players.. downside... :(

    Anyway i'll try AIMP2 as suggested above.

  61. WolvenSpectre
    October 26, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    As for the problems some of the people are having with the new version of VLC, It is the first version of an entirely new and reworked interface and not even all of the advanced settings have been integrated so of course there are going to be a bunch of bugs.

    As for AIMP as I understand it it has no video support, which to my understanding all of the ones listed do (Songbird with Extentions) however I could be wrong about that.

    I was going to bring up Media Player Classic, but someone beat me to it. I however was going to suggest the free K-Lite Mega Codec Pack from CodecGuides.com.

    So if you are using a more modern version of Windows, open the run command and launch Media Player (The original One) by typing "mplayer2". If you have Direct Show Codecs installed it will play them... not always with the best colour quality, but it will play them.

  62. Ibrahim Hussein
    October 26, 2008 at 4:54 am

    I used to use Media Player Classic, then started using VLC, but after their latest update it looks like I will either use their older version again or just use MPC. VLC 0.9.4 just has something wrong, just like what Dan was saying. I hope they fix it, I did send them my feedback.

    For me winamp is still for those who listen to music only, I wont use it to watch video, it just doesn't work well with me. The future is for Songbird, if they don't end up screwing it like what VLC did.

  63. venkat
    October 25, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    I used Vlc and kmplayer both are fine, AIMP is audio palyer than Media player correct me if I am wring AImp and foobar 2000 both good audio palyers.

  64. Northman
    October 25, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Dan: I must have been lucky - I upgraded VLC to V0.9 and an online streaming radio station that I could not get before suddenly worked. So I am happy :-)

    Also, it is Open Source, so goes well with my mozilla.com/firefox?from=sfx&uid=249329&t=317, miranda-im.org , (multi-protocol IM client), etc.


  65. Tony
    October 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Foobar2000 is, imho, a much lighter, must more configurable, but just as powerful media player (for music specifically) than any of these.

    If you set up keyboard shortcuts and get the album searching plugin, even with no further configuration this is an incredibly powerful music player.

    Then you can add columns (helps make foobar more customizable) - addons like bookmarks (allows you to save bookmarks for long audio files like speeches or audio books) - a plethora of visualizations, etc. to make it even more ridiculously useful and customizable.

  66. adi
    October 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    My vote goes to GOM. It is near perfect for videos. but for audio I would mention foobar as the best...

  67. alper
    October 25, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I was also going to mention AIMP. Great music player... Probably the best...

  68. Chris
    October 25, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    You didnt mention how VLC can save a file in a different format while you play it.

    • Aibek
      October 26, 2008 at 1:00 pm

      well, it does mentio that it "can be used as an audio decoder".

  69. Skyler Huse
    October 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I'd have to recommend the Combined Community Codec Pack (CCCP) and Media Player Classic for video. It's the best thing I've found to play videos.

    Foobar is a great audio player too.

    • kokos
      August 19, 2009 at 6:35 am

      hey i have a problem .sometimes my pc plays videos but doesnt show image only sound and it shows a light black screen.

      othertimes it shows normally . i ve tried many players but nothing what do u suggest?

  70. ameo
    October 25, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    you forgot to mention GOM player, BS player and Quintessential Player ?

    • Aibek
      October 26, 2008 at 12:58 pm

      BS is another excellent player, been using it for years

  71. x
    October 25, 2008 at 1:56 pm
    • vvvlad
      October 25, 2008 at 2:20 pm

      I don't know why is this player is not yet as famous as others.
      I've been looking for a good music player for years, and was not happy with all the others, and then... Boom! Love from first sight!
      AIMP2 is the best :)

    • siurian
      January 17, 2010 at 11:01 pm

      aimp2 for music
      kmp for audio