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Download Media Player - Best Software & Apps

  • VLC media player

    3.0.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone

    Simply the best free multi-format media player

    8
    44233 votes
    • PROS: Supports a wide range of formats, Good hotkey support, Easy to use, Very flexible and lightweight, Integration with web channel streaming services, Improved interface in version 3, More format support in version 3, Plays BluRay and HD, Completely free!
    • CONS: User interface is quite basic, User interface slicker in Mac version
  • iTunes

    12.9.2.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Still one of the best music players

    7
    15523 votes
    • PROS: Simplified interface, Apple Music streaming service, Improved playlist creation, Curated and automatic radio stations
    • CONS: Limited file formats supported, Amost overwhelming number of features!
  • MX Player

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    One of the best free media players for Android

    8
    6589 votes
    • PROS: Plays almost any format, Multi-core decoding, Excellent subtitle support, All features unlocked in free version, Free
    • CONS: Some trial and error required
  • KMPlayer

    4.2.2.16

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone

    Excellent free multi-format media player

    8
    17603 votes
    • PROS: Highly customizable, Light on resources, Supports many audio and video formats
    • CONS: None so far
  • Winamp

    5.666-full-b-3516

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android

    A hugely popular and versatile audio and media player

    8
    11594 votes
    • PROS: Fully customizable, Small installation, Runs quickly
    • CONS: No MOV support, Rip only on full version
  • GOM Player

    2.3.36.5297

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac

    GOM Player is versatile, customizable and free for everyone. GOM plays all of the most popular video formats with the option to add subtitles and even VR!

    8
    5282 votes
    • Windows Media Player 11

      11.0.5721.5145

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A video and audio player for older version of Windows

      7
      8072 votes
      • PROS: Organizing your files is very easy, Edit your file names and tags from within the player
      • CONS: Windows Media Player 11 won’t work on Windows 10 64bit devices, You need to add codecs for newer file types
    • PotPlayer

      1.7.16291

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Powerful media player with support for lots of formats

      8
      1569 votes
      • PROS: Supports tons of file types, Gives detailed playback information, Supports subtitles, Screen capture option
      • CONS: Lives in notification area, Some options are confusing
    • Media Player Classic

      1.7.13

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Simple, lightweight media watching with Media Player Classic Home Cinema

      8
      722 votes
      • PROS: Simple interface, Runs well on slower machines, Handles almost any media file format
      • CONS: No streaming video support
    • QuickTime

      7.7.9

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Apple's media player for MOV files

      7
      2091 votes
      • PROS: Slick and easy to use, Integrated with OS X, Pro version allows editing and conversion
      • CONS: A bit slow to launch, Superceded by QuickTime X on Mac, Requires upgrading to get the most out of it, More suitable for Macs
    • ACE Stream

      3.1.32

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Video Player With Online Capabilities

      7
      578 votes
      • PROS: Stream HD videos, Same functionalities of VLC, TS Magic Player plug-in for web browsers, Download online videos
      • CONS: Unstable playback at times, Peer 2 Peer connection might be slow due to heavy contents, Buffering time can take longer, May not play some video file formats
    • FrostWire

      6.7.4

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Android
      Mac

      Search Download and Listen to Music in one for Free

      7
      1661 votes
      • PROS: Thanks to their history of developing hugely popular BitTorrent clients like LimeWire the developers have managed to create an app that mixes powerful downloading and a new focus on the user experience. FrostWire is the one-stop shop for all music and vi, Simple to use
      • CONS: Fast downloading, Nice additional features
    • MX Player Pro

      1.10.31

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Android

      Donation version of MX Player

      8
      427 votes
      • PROS: Plays almost any format, Multi-core decoding, Excellent subtitle support, All features unlocked in free version
      • CONS: Some trial and error required
    • iPlay : Music Video Cloud

      2.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      iPhone

      Managing Media Files Easily

      9
      432 votes
      • PROS: Manage audios and videos, Edit videos on devices, Comes with many tools
      • CONS: Supports few video formats, Limited features, Not very intuitive
    • BS.Player

      2.73

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Android

      Great media player supporting a wide range of formats

      8
      5571 votes
      • PROS: Supports all popular video formats, Skinnable interface, Can handle subtitles, Easy to manage both with mouse and keyboard
      • CONS: Unattractive default skin, No documentation included
    • Free Movie Video Download Player

      1.0.3

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android

      Free Media Player Application for Mobile Devices

      9
      25 votes
      • PROS: Unlike some other platforms, this program is free., Most common media codecs are supported by this video player., It can play videos associated with 4K resolution., The user interface is perfect for novice users.
      • CONS: The player only searches for personal media files., The selection of films is limited., It is unable to download online media files., "Free" content will often require the user to access paid in-app advertisements.
    • potplayer 32bit

      1.6.47995

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Free Software for Media Lovers

      8
      176 votes
      • PROS: Free to download and use, Packed with useful features
      • CONS: Can be tricky to use, Not all features free of charge
    • Windows Media Player

      11.0.5721.5262

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Microsoft's free Media Player for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

      7
      397 votes
      • Winamp

        Lite 5.64

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Reduced version of the popular media player

        8
        616 votes
        • PROS: Quick and efficient media player, Highly customizable, Support for many formats
        • CONS: None so far
      • VLC media player nightly

        nightly builds 32 Bit 2.2.0

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows
        Mac

        VLC Player for Blu-ray discs

        8
        686 votes
        • PROS: Plays Blu-ray discs, Outputs audio to iOS and Android
        • CONS: Doesn't play encrypted Blu-ray discs, Still unstable
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