Best Free Replacements For Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player, the defualt media player in windows is one of the most known player to people using windows as thier operating system.

Windows Media Player ( WMP ) has always had certain limitations with playable formats, to solve this purpose, today we have gathered some of the best free alternatives to windows media player which are capable of playing and enhancing user experience with tons of extra features.

WMP does have supporting plugins which enables the FLV format like playflv plugin. But those who want options and want something different from WMP here are the best free video players that can replace windows media player.

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VLC : “It plays everything!”  The media player that fulfills all your needs. It handles DVDs, (S)VCDs, Audio CDs, web streams, TV cards and much more. With VLC, there is no need to continually update many different codec packs. VLC comes with nearly every codec built in!  And whats more, VLC can play back your files, even if the media is damaged! Missing or broken pieces wont stop VLC. All the video and audio information that remains can be played.

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Winamp : Winamp is for people who like to customize, tinker and tweak: offering the widest range of extensions, skins, and services to add to your listening experience.

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Media Player Classic : Its small size, low memory footprint, and numerous features make this the media player of choice, but you must add the proper codecs to perfect this freeware.  Media Player Classic’s interface reflects its title–retro, old school, basic. This single player easily replaces the four or five video players installed on most systems. The only caveat is that you must download a complete set of codecs to play your favorite video formats. Media Player Classic also easily loads and plays DVDs. We liked how you can easily increase or decrease playback speed.

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foobar2000 : Its an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.

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Songbird : If you want an Open Source -customizable alternative to WMP, Songbird is the way to go. It is highly customizable with a host of plug-ins and offers the user endless hours of seamless playback. Clarity and customization come naturally to this software, which is true to its name and easily syncs with most media players and smart phones.

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GOM Player : There are an endless number of advanced features. Customize brightness, contrast and saturation. Sharpen and add noise to your video. Try the audio equalizer. Repeat a section of your video with our A-B Repeat feature. Fast forward/rewind a few seconds using left/right keys.

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Let us know which players do you use in the comments below, and we will update this list of free replacements to the windows media player.

35 Responses to Best Free Replacements For Windows Media Player

  1. My favourite music player is FooBar (Windows) as well. I use Rythmbox on Ubuntu. To watch videos I like VLC most (Windows/Linux).

  2. Hi Jaspal, great post. Vaadiya post hai yeh. I would like to see more skins and plugin for Windows Media Player? If you have please let me know, if it is possible to have your own customized skins.

  3. I agree with julien unless your extremely tech savvy and can really make foobar work for you then zune is definitely the best alternative beat windows media player and itunes although youre SOL if you like to flac files

  4. Windows Media Player is a big failure of Microsoft. It consumes a lot of computer resources, making my PC too slow :( I switched to VLC 4 years ago and still using it now ;) It’s free, fast, and no additional codec required ;) I defenitely vote for VLC.

  5. another +1 for KMPLAYER, i’ve replaced VLC Player (used it for years now) but because of the crappy subtitle appearance… ive replaced it with KMPLAYER… been using this for a year now and has far more features than my ex-favorite VLC =)

    Hope KMPLAYER makes it to your next TOP list! =D

  6. Splayer is not too bad but kinda clunky for me.

    I prefer VLC, it’s really the best media player hands down! It plays practically everything you throw at it!

  7. I love the FLV player, but the problem with their files is that if you try to fast forward or rewing, they tend to freeze for a few seconds before they start playing again.

    By far the best player though has to be the GOM player.

  8. I have to agree with Mark on this one, FLV is way out-of-dated while GOM, even though it does have limitations, the benefits are a lot more.

  9. i was a long time fan for many years of vlc,but now i am having problems with vlc 2.0.5 both 32 or 64 bit installed one’s,but it worked better than all other media players i had installed divx 8.0.windows player(not MPC or HC) i started noticing problems with the 2.0.2 update.bad picture (dark and grainy)when i tried divx/wmp the picture/subs were far crisper and clearer.i am trying to locate the latest release of the english version of potplayer,and i’d be grately appreciate any help to locate this player.a link or a webpage address

  10. I can’t believe that MusicBee is not in this list, given that is by far the best of the music player s listed here! Shame on you.

    INCOMPLETE!

  11. I have used both WMP and VLC and still like WMP better. I had to replace WMP because it was having “Server Execution Failed” errors, VLC is not as good because it constantly stops to buffer and it speeds up during playback. The whole speed up thing is especially annoying when it skips a word or two in the dialogue of a video or the lyrics of a song because it throws me off EVERY time. On top of all that, VLC is the only player that will glitch on a perfectly good video. I can be watching a video and all of a sudden I see distorted or discolored images or both at once. It was definitely VLC, no other player would have the problems I got with it.

  12. My vote is for VLC and Winamp. I love these media players and they are far better than Windows media player. Both are capable of playing almost all the formats I can think of. Love them. Well Thanks Jaspal for suggesting other options too.

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