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Free Windows Media Player Downloads

Marius Patrascu, Editor / Informer Technologies, Inc. / January 14, 2013

Whenever you want to open a video or audio file for free, you can choose from these programs. With a large category of audio and video formats supported, these players have an attractive and compact interface and offer you a wide variety of settings for video or audio playback. Also, most of them allow you to create playlists or to add subtitles alongside using customization features such as skins.

Download solution synonyms: Free Media Player for Windows, Free Audio Video Player for Windows, Free Windows Audio and Video Player

These programs can help you with what you're intending to do:

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VLC media player
VLC media player
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(11536 votes)
Open source

VLC media player is one of the best open-source multimedia players out there. Its great portability features and sleek interface make the player very easy-to-use, so even the inexperienced users can master the program relatively fast. The wide supported format range will also meet the needs of almost any user.

Pros:
  • Highly portable.
  • Easy to use.
  • Improved lossless audio in .mkv files.
  • Lightweight.
  • Open-source.
Cons:
  • A relatively narrow feature range.
  • Bad design.
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Best Media Player
Best Media Player
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(3 votes)
Freeware

Best Media Player is a freeware video player. This program is able to play different media files, such as RealMedia, Ogg videos, DVD, VCD, AVI, WMV, MPEG, ASF, Quicktime formats and many others. You can play these different file formats either locally, simply browsing for them, or by entering a file's URL. Provides Postprocessing, Aspect ratio adjustment, Deinterlacing, and many other features.

Pros:
  • "Always on the Top" option.
  • Clip information can be shown.
Cons:
  • None was found.
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MediaPlayerClassic
MediaPlayerClassic
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(2 votes)
Freeware

Media Player Classic is a highly recommended alternative to media player that incorporates windows. Media Player Classic is a sensational player and complete audio and video that adds a lot of improvement and options for Windows Media. The program is geared to playing videos DivX also playing DVDs, CDs, audio files and even Flash Quicktime.

Pros:
  • It's free. Plays DivX videos, DVDs, CDs, audio files and even Flash Quicktime.
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LCARS MediaPlayer
LCARS MediaPlayer
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Freeware

LCARS Media Player is a simple media player with the same functions as Windows Media Player has. But the interface will grieve those who are used to deal with Windows Media Player or something like that. It’s a freeware and doesn’t take a lot of space on your PC.

Pros:
  • Freeware.
  • Supporting for a lot of audio and video formats.
Cons:
  • There are just a few basic functions.
  • The tracks are added to the playlist only by one.
  • Unconvenient interface.
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Ants Media Player
Ants Media Player
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Freeware

Ants Media Player is a free playback tool that supports most widely used audio and video codecs. It can play any movie directly from a DVD, from a VIDEO_TS folder on your hard drive, as well as most popular video formats, such as FLV, WMV, MKV, or MPEG. Similarly, it can play most of your music files, either directly from a CD or from you collection of WAV, MP3, or WMA files.

Pros:
  • Compact and attractive interface.
  • Intuitive controls.
  • Good audio and video playback quality.
  • Variable playback speed.
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AVS Media Player
AVS Media Player
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(136 votes)
Freeware

AVS Media Player is an application that allows you to play video and audio files. In addition, it lets you view images as a slideshow. The program comes with a modern and easy-to-use interface. To use the application, you just need to add the wanted files to the playlist. It supports all the popular video, audio and image formats. A nice thing is that the playlist comes with a search function.

Pros:
  • Supports a wide range of video, audio, and image formats.
  • Takes video snapshots.
  • Search function.
  • Sound-around effect.
Cons:
  • Unattractive interface; tedious colors.
  • No transition effects among the pictures of a slideshow.
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GOM Player
GOM Player
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(4357 votes)
Freeware

GOM player is a free user-friendly video player that has enough power to play most known multimedia formats with ease. With its pleasant interface and a ton of features tightly integrated into its context menu, it flies miles over the other multimedia players.

Pros:
  • It is free and plays most video files with ease as It has most codecs to play them.
  • It has a sleek design that makes it very user-friendly.
Cons:
  • It connects to the internet at startup which is completely unasked for.
  • The next and the previous buttons on the main window do not skip to the next file but instead fast forwards the currently playing file by a few seconds.
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RealPlayer
RealPlayer
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(7365 votes)
Freeware

RealPlayer is one of the best media file players that are available on the Web. Its main focus has been lying in the recent years in introducing more and more Web based features and putting heavy emphasis on the integration with the RealPlayer own Web services.

Pros:
  • Nice Web-based features
  • Easy-to-use and sleek user interface
  • A very wide feature range
  • The Private mode does its job nice
  • Facebook videos are nice
Cons:
  • IE as the basic underlying browser
  • Lack of new features
  • The player is boring to use
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SuperDVD Player
SuperDVD Player
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(5 votes)
Shareware

SuperDVD Player is an application which can be used to play lots of video file types. Even though the software lets you play DVD movies, it doesn't mean it won't let you play other files you have on your computer. The application can play files such as AVI, MPEG, DIVX, 3GP, 3GP2, MP4 and even MP3.

Pros:
  • It plays audio and video files.
  • It lets you take snapshots with juts one click.
  • It supports 3GP and many more formats.
Cons:
  • The graphical interface isn't very good.
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Kantaris Media Player
Kantaris Media Player
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(5 votes)
Freeware

Kantaris Media Player is an open-source player for Windows computers. This particular player aims at tackling the most frequent annoyances of Windows Media Player, by which it is greatly influenced. The graphical user interface is pretty similar. However, I can't help to think that Kantaris' and Winamp's look alike.

Pros:
  • Good set of features.
  • Works like a champ.
Cons:
  • Doesn't look really appealing.
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Final Media Player
Final Media Player
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(46 votes)
Freeware

Final Media Player is a useful video and audio player that supports many file types, including FLV, MP3, MP4, MOV, MPG, VOB,WMV, 3GP, AVI, WAV, MPEG, RM, OGM, MKV, ASF, AAC, AC3, FLAC, Mp2 and many more. With this powerful application, you will be able to play videos downloaded from YouTube, Daily Motion, Google Video and similar video-sharing websites.

Pros:
  • It's free and it supports many formats.
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Winamp
Winamp
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(4952 votes)
Freeware

Winamp player is designed to cover the large area of video and audio media file types available today. The player comes with various types of new skins and visualization styles and is easier to personalize in both menu style as well as preferences , playlists, bookmarks, history, etc.

Pros:
  • Most audio and video media files are supported.
Cons:
  • If loading a very large file, it will have a small loading period.
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BTOWS Player FREE 2011

Toolwiz Video Player (formally known as BTOWS Player FREE 2011) is a very small media player developed to run under Windows. It is intended to provide a simple and enjoyable media player experience. The program is simple and easy to use, it lacks any additional features, but works well for what it is intended for.

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jPlayer

JPlayer is a 100% pure Java mp3 audio player. Apart from the MP3 format, JPlayer also supports AIFF, AU, AVI, GSM, MIDI, MP2, QT, RMF and WAV files.

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Free Media Player
Free Media Player
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(4 votes)
Freeware

As its name suggests, Free Media Player is an application that will let you watch video and image files. Maybe the most attractive thing about this software is that it is completely free and that it supports many formats, including 3G2, 3GP, FLV, DIVX, M4V, MKV, MP4, MOV, TS, MOD, F4V and SWF.

Pros:
  • It's free.
  • It supports many formats.
Cons:
  • You will see some advertisements while playing your files.
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BSPlayer
BSPlayer
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(781 votes)
Freeware

BSPlayer can help you play multiple multimedia file types. The application has a nice, compact, multi-language interface that is, at the same time, very easy to use. However, probably the main advantage of this player is its low requirement of CPU resources.

Pros:
  • It is easy to use.
  • It has a multi-language skinnable interface.
  • It supports a wide range of formats.
  • It uses few system resources.
  • It can download missing subtitles.
  • It lets you upload subtitles.
  • It has a built-in media library.
  • It supports various media sources.
  • It can play streaming media, like online radio or TV.
  • It can download clips.
Cons:
  • It installs a browser toolbar.
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DivX Player
DivX Player
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(681 votes)
Freeware

The DivX player lets you play compressed digital video. The DivX technology is aimed at letting you view videos on three screens. The screens being the PC display, your TV screen and the mobile devices you carry. The DivX player for Windows makes it simple to view videos on a Windows PC screen. The program is also available for Mac machines.

Pros:
  • The user interface is really clean and quite pleasing.
  • Main controls are like those you would expect on a DVD player.
Cons:
  • No tool tip.
  • Controls could use text help. For example, the control to name a playlist on the lower left of the interface is not exactly intuitive.
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DivX
DivX
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(572 votes)
Freeware

With DivX you get DivX Converter, DivX Movies, DivX Player, and a Web Player in one bundle. The included player supports various formats of audio and video: DivX, AVI, MKV, MP4, MOV. It now comes with a feature called DivX To Go, which formats your videos for playback on any DivX-certified device you have.

Pros:
  • A wide range of supported formats.
  • High-quality video support.
  • Video library management.
  • Integrated video conversion.
Cons:
  • The first thing seen in the interface is the conversion buttons, which distract you and force you to search for the play button for some time at first start.
  • Impossible to check out all program's abilities without a DivX account.
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