Rivals to Windows Media Player

Discussion in 'Gaming and Software' started by Legs, Mar 17, 2009.

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  1. ... which is actually a load of big old ladies pants.

    Are there any better (free to download) media players out there?
  2. I use VLC, mostly because its basic and does the job, and doesnt require codecs.

    Good for .avi's and .mp3's

  3. Like the Zulu's Legs, theres thousands of em..

    itunes, real, quick time, winamp, bsplayer. Take your pick
  4. You could try Miro. Does a lot more than just play videos though so it might be overkill. As mentioned below, for a minimalist player that just works Media Player Classic is the business.


    I'd echo the advice about avoiding iTunes, Real and Quicktime, they're bloeated piles of garbage.
  5. Media Player Classic for me, although codecs are required it has a small footprint and does everything required for all media types.

  6. MPlayer...it plays almost every format (there is one set of codecs to download which gives you Apple, Windows, Flash and RealPlayer formats), is devoid of any bloat, and is totally free as well.

  7. I've downloaded Winamp, and it looks good and works well - much better than Media Player on both scores. Loads of customizations if that floats your boat. I'll try it for a while.
  8. Bad CO

    Bad CO LE Admin Reviews Editor Gallery Guru

    Another vote for VLC media player - free, open source and no need for codecs or any of that other rubbish. It just works .....
  9. well, after six hours of constant playing music through Winamp it hasn't skipped or failed once. Media Player couldn't play two tracks without getting all emotional and sulking.

    I think I'll stick with Winamp for now.
  10. meridian

    meridian LE Good Egg (charities)

    If you feel the need to try something else have a look at Gom media player


    Ultra lightweight, no codecs or other faf and easy keyboard shortcuts

    I have used VLC for a while but was very impressed with Gom and use it by default now
  11. VLC is the one for me too, plays everything including streams from online for sports.
  12. Another for VLC
  13. VLC for me, Got Winamp on Laptop though.
    So the best of both worlds!
  14. Winamp for music, VLC for everything else.
  15. Media Monkey gold for the mp3 m4a collection VLC for the rest, never had a single problem with either