Top 10 Free Media Players for Windows

by Rajesh Chaukwale on March 24, 2011

Free Media players for windows

Previously, I posted 25 free sites to download Bollywood movies. Well, after downloading movies, you need media players to play them on your computers. There are tons of free media players for windows on web. I tried many of these free media players and have compiled a list of top 10 working, free media players for windows. The media players are ordered considering various factors like file formats supported and ease of use.

As a rough note, I would recommend you VLC media player and Windows Media Player Classic aka 321 player. If you’re having these two players, you don’t have to look for any other free media players on web.

Free Media Players for Windows:

1. VLC Media player:

VLC media player

Well, this has to be on top of every list related to free media players. Portable VLC media player is the popular VLC media player packaged as a portable app, so you can take your audio and video files along with everything you need to play them on the go. VLC (initially VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats, including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, and OGG, as well as for DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

2. Media Player Classic Home aka 321 player:

Media-Player-Classic
Media Player Classic Home Cinema is an extremely light-weight media player for Windows. It looks just like Windows Media Player v6.4, but has many additional features. You can use the player as a Media Player Classic Home Theater. It supports almost all known video formats and hence is treated as one of the best media players.

3. Real Player:

realplayer
Since its debut in 1995, RealPlayer has evolved into the most recognized media management software in the world. Whether you’re looking to play videos, download videos from the web, or you want to convert the format of a video, RealPlayer is sure to meet your needs. It’s social. It’s portable. It’s the new RealPlayer. And it’s perfect for playing and sharing video with your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter.

4. Song Bird:

Song bird player
Song Bird is one of the most customizable media players ever created. Besides being created by Mozilla, and being open source, it allows users to create add-ons/plug-ins for added user experience. Built-in options include: Last.fm playback history plug-in, support for the iPod, available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, metadata management, etc.

5. Winamp:

Winamp
Winamp is a free multimedia player made by Nullsoft. It supports numerous audio and video formats. It also plays streamed video and audio content, both live and recorded, authored worldwide. It has an extremely customizable media library, and allows you to rip and burn your favorite music CDs. Winamp has thousands of skins and plug-ins that allow you to change the look-and-feel of the player, as well as add new features. The player also has access to thousands of free songs, videos and online radio stations from SHOUTcast Radio and AOL Radio with XM.

6. GOM Player:

Gom player
GOM Player includes many codecs (XviD, DivX, FLV1, AC3, OGG, MP4, H263 and more) so you won’t need to install separate codecs for most videos. For those videos that require a separate codec, GOM Player will find one and direct you to a place where you can download an open source version of the codec. That way, you won’t get stuck with unnecessary codecs on your system.

7. Jet Audio:

Jet Audio
JetAudio, even in its basic, most simple version offers lots of functionalities to enjoy your collection of music and videos, and persuade you to make it your only media player. JetAudio has been in the business for quite some time, and has been able to ‘hold its own’ in spite of powerful and famous names like Real Player and Winamp.

8. KM player:

kmplayer
KMPlayer has a small desktop footprint and its minimalist interface makes video playback quick and hassle-free. The player’s interface is fully skinable, and there are some nice aesthetic touches, such as the changing of colour on the player with every new track.

KMPlayer handles both audio and video, and supports a wide range of different formats, meaning that once installed, you should never need to touch another player. Video playback is particularly impressive thanks to the range of processing tools available that allow you to sharpen, change picture properties, apply filters and even make video captures from within the program.

9. M player:

mplayer
MPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems (see the documentation). It plays most MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files, supported by many native, XAnim, and Win32 DLL codecs. You can watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5, WMV and even H.264 movies.

Another great feature of MPlayer is the wide range of supported output drivers. It works with X11, Xv, DGA, OpenGL, SVGAlib, fbdev, AAlib, DirectFB, but you can use GGI, SDL (and this way all their drivers), VESA (on every VESA compatible card, even without X11!) and some low level card-specific drivers (for Matrox, 3Dfx and ATI), too! Most of them support software or hardware scaling, so you can enjoy movies in fullscreen. MPlayer supports displaying through some hardware MPEG decoder boards, such as the Siemens DVB, DXR2 and DXR3/Hollywood+.

10. Zoom Player:Zoom playerZoom Player supports every format imaginable (AVI, DIVX, XVID, MPEG, Flac Audio, Monkey Audio, Matroska, Windows Media, OGM, RealMedia, QuickTime, Flash and more), updated on a regular basis (new stable beta releases every few weeks), every feature is fully documented, supports all the latest playback technologies (Multi Monitor, VMR9, P2P Video Preview) and sports one of the most active support forums you can imagine.

This ends the list of 10 free media players for windows. Not able to find your favorite media player in the above list??? Share it with us in comments.

Enjoy free media players for windows…

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Rajesh is a passionate tech-blogger since last 3 years. He is a Computer Science Engineering student and loves writing about computer security and blogging. You can follow him on Twitter @RajeshChaukwale

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John April 21, 2011 at 4:56 am

Great list… thanks indeed. I love VLC media player.

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broadcast media company September 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I know some of these but I prefer VLC because it is having a good sound settings and picture settings.
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