What are the best Windows media players?

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    MusicBee is considered one of the best music player/manager for Windows. This software lets users manage, find, and play music files stored on their computer.




    Amy Miller
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "This made my music easier to manage. Other media players didn't work as well for me."
  2. 10



    5KPlayer is a free (MKV) HD video player that can be used not only for playing video files, but it can also be used as a music player, AirPlay media streamer, and online video downloader.  It is available on different platforms as well.


    Windows, Mac


    Samuel Hall
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "5KPlayer works very well. It can play downloaded/purchased videos in high definition (4K, 5K, 1080p) as well as operating streaming media. 5KPlayer also allows you to download videos from different sources on the internet."
  3. 8



    MediaMonkey is a music player that can sync your audio files to your device. It's a good choice if you got a large and rich music library. It has free and gold versions.


    Windows, Android


    Helen Curtis
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "MediaMonkey is a music player that can sync your music to iOS devices. Its a good choice if you got a large and rich music library"
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    Kodi is a free and open-source media player that allows users to easily access digital media all through a user-friendly package. This is an open source and free-to-use player that is customizable and it runs on a wide variety of devices.

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux


    Michelle Young
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "I have no complaints about this player. It's completely free and does exactly what I need it to do! I honestly like it better than Windows Media Player. "
  2. 4



    foobar2000 is a freeware audio player that supports MP3, MP4, AAC, AC, and more. It has a friendly user interface layout, and it also supports full ripping CDs.


    Android, iOS, Windows


    Roger Turner
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "foobar2000 is a freeware audio player that supports MP3, MP4, AAC, AC. it has great interface and is user friendly"
  3. 3

    #6VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays a wide range of media formats such as mkv, mp4, and flv among others. It supports the playback of discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. 


    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS


    Benjamin Phillips
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "I've used VLC for years and would never use anything else. It is so straightforward and easy to use but has advanced options for those who are a little more tech savvy. Too many media players try to get fancy with their interface and wind up destroying any sort of usability. VLC is simple and clean and can run any media file type you throw at it."
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    In a sector dominated by software projects that are 20 years old (Windows Media Player, WinAmp, VLC), PotPlayer goes toe-to-toe with them on features and versatility while providing a fresh, modern design sense and responsive controls.




    Christian Jordan
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "While some of the points are true here lies my problem. Design seems to be trumping function at an alarming rate. What can you actually do for me. Look at VLC, what I have affectionately called the "fat chick" of media players. She isnt really anything your going to write home about when it comes to looks. But shell do whatever you ask her to. "
  5. 0



    Switch is a software for Windows and Mac which allows users to play and inspect media files, as well as export new files. The software is designed for media professionals and is easy-to-use and affordable.


    Windows, Mac

    Varies by plan

    Daniel Castro
    Written on April 5, 2019
    "Best media player for Windows ive encountered. Its intuitive and plays all files smoothly without any much delay. Little to now issues and its opens fast even on my slow laptop"


Best What are the best Windows media players
1MusicBeeSoftware 12 Free
25KPlayerSoftware 10 Free
3MediaMonkeySoftware 8 Free
4KodiSoftware 8 Free
5foobar2000Software 4 Free
6VLC Media PlayerSoftware 3 Free
7PotPlayerSoftware 1 Free
8SwitchSoftware 0 Paid

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