Alternatives to Windows Media Player for all platforms with any license

  • VLC Media Player icon

    VLC Media Player

    VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. Features Simple, fast and powerful media player. ...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Chrome OS ... Windows RT Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Apple TV PortableApps.com Kindle Fire Haiku Solaris Xfce

    • VLC, while an awesome media player, lacks WMP's library features. Thus, it is not an all-in-one system like WMP is. Guest • Jun 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • Vlc is a great alternative: it opened all my files fast, and they look great. Guest • May 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    MPC-HC

    MPC-HC is an extremely light-weight, open source media player for Windows. It supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback. We are 100% spyware free, there are no advertisements or toolbars. ...

    Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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  • AIMP icon

    AIMP

    Freeware Winamp-like media player, based on BASS audio library with support for large number of formats and playlists. It works with multiple playlists immediately (tabbed window), allows creation of bookmarks and also has a playback...

    Free Windows Android PortableApps.com

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    Daum PotPlayer

    KMPlayer's developer started a new project for Daum, the PotPlayer. It feels like the KMPlayer, but is in active development. It supports almost every video format with internal codecs, has digital/analog TV & webcam device...

    Free Windows

  • Media Player Classic icon

    Media Player Classic

    Media Player Classic was designed to look just like Windows Media Player 6.4, but with many additional new features. It has a built in DVD player with real-time zoom, support for AVI subtitles, QuickTime and RealVideo support and...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The currently active fork is Media Player Classic Home Cinema, but MPC is still downloadable from FreeCodec.com
  • SMPlayer icon

    SMPlayer

    SMPlayer intends to be a complete front-end for MPlayer, from basic features like playing videos, DVDs, and VCDs to more advanced features like support for MPlayer filters and more. SMPlayer remembers the settings of all files you...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com Haiku

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  • MediaMonkey icon

    MediaMonkey

    MediaMonkey is a music player and a music library manager with support for 50,000+ files and many features for organizing, tagging, converting and burning your music. It also has advanced podcasting and syncing features. MediaMonkey...

    Freemium Windows Android Windows RT

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    mpv

    mpv is a movie player based on MPlayer and mplayer2. It supports a wide variety of video file formats, audio and video codecs, and subtitle types.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

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  • MX Player icon

    MX Player

    MX Player - The best way to enjoy your movies. a) HARDWARE ACCELERATION - Hardware acceleration can be applied to more videos with the help of new H/W decoder. b) MULTI-CORE DECODING - MX Player is the first Android video...

    Freemium Android Android Tablet

  • MPlayer icon

    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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD AmigaOS Xfce ... MorphOS

  • Banshee icon

    Banshee

    Play your music and videos. Stay entertained and up to date with podcasts and video podcasts. Discover new music with Last.fm radio. Sync your G1 phone, iPod, and other devices.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    • Discontinued No new releases and features since 2014. Latest versions, 2.6.2 (stable) and 2.9.1 (development), released in February and March 2014, are still working and can be downloaded from the official website.
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    KMPlayer

    The KMPlayer is a versatile media player which can cover various types of container format.

    Free Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    • Bundleware Be careful during installation. https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
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    DeaDBeeF

    DeaDBeeF is a lightweight graphical music player created for easy playback of music and management of playlists. It supports major audio codecs and tags, global hotkeys, gapless playback, streaming audio, command line control, and has...

    Open Source Linux Android BSD Xfce

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  • GOM Media Player icon

    GOM Media Player

    GOM Media Player (Gretech Online Movie Player) is a freeware media player. Key strengths are the ability to play the majority of media files without the need to obtain a codec, and the ability to play some broken media files, both...

    Free Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

    • Bundleware The installer contains additional bloatware that can hijack your browser's settings. Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
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    MPC-BE

    MPC-BE is a free and open source audio and video player for Windows. MPC-BE is based on the original Guliverkli project and "Media Player Classic Home Cinema" project, contains additional features and bug fixes.

    Open Source Windows

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  • Quod Libet icon

    Quod Libet

    A extensible Music player with Podcast support, web radio, playlists and many more. As it is written in Python, writing new plug-ins is really easy.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Debian Xfce

  • UMPlayer icon

    UMPlayer

    UMPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems. 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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • QuickTime Player icon

    QuickTime Player

    Watch Internet video, HD movie trailers, and personal media clips. Whether it’s on the web or on your desktop, QuickTime Player brings your digital media brilliantly to life.

    Freemium Mac

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  • DivX icon

    DivX

    A professional and reliable software solution that provides you with the latest codecs and enables high quality DivX HEVC video creation and video streaming.

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone

  • MPlayerX icon

    MPlayerX

    MPlayerX is an open source project which aims to be the most powerful, beautiful, easy to use multimedia player on Mac OS X. It is able to decode almost any file format on your computer. Additionally, MPlayer is inspired by...

    Open Source Mac

    • Warning MPlayerX has been bundled with malwares, including adware. See the VirusTotal scan results at https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/6f1e9d7dc6b52af887b5e1bee6e0d0366345fb53c752ca23b98a9cf9b647fd49/analysis/1441451188/
  • XMPlay icon

    XMPlay

    A tiny and portable audio player. With a size of about 280 KiB it plays OGG, MP3, audio CDs, WMA and several less used formats like XM, IT, MOD, UMX and others. Furthermore it supports a wide range of plugins, skins and...

    Free Windows PortableApps.com

  • SPlayer icon

    SPlayer

    SPlayer is a player that supports all popular formats, including DVDRip, HDTV, RMVB, QuickTime, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AC3/DTS, VP3/6/7, Indeo, XVD, OGG / OGM, APE, FLAC, TTA, AAC, MPC, 3GP/AMR, and subtitles. SPlayer well equipped with...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Latest version, 3.7 Build 2437, released in August 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    jetAudio

    JetAudio is integrated, multimedia software made of a single compact rack. Not only does it play various music and video files, it also has features such as CD burning, recording, and conversion to other file formats. You can create...

    Freemium Windows Android

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  • RealPlayer icon

    RealPlayer

    RealPlayer with RealTimes (aka “RealPlayer” for short) still includes the legacy features, such as Video Player, Downloader, Converter, Organizer and Web Videos. It also includes RealTimes features, such as Photos and RealTimes...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad ... Kindle Fire

  • Splash icon

    Splash

    Splash 2.0 lets you watch and convert your videos like never before - superb performance, smooth motion, crisp details and vivid colors. Designed and optimized for HD! Play and convert all your High Definition movies and camcorder...

    Freemium Windows

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    Zune Software

    Zune Software is a full media player application with a library, an interface to the Zune Marketplace, and as a media streaming server. It's a software for the Zune media player from Microsoft. Works as a stand alone media player...

    Free Windows Windows RT Windows Phone

    • Discontinued “Zune Marketplace no longer supports rental and purchase. Xbox Music and Xbox Video are now Microsoft’s music and video stores.”
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    SmoothVideo Project

    SVP allows you to watch any video on your PC file with frame interpolation (like you can watch it on high-end TVs and projectors). It increases frame rate by generating intermediate animation frames between existing ones to produce...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

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  • Foobnix icon

    Foobnix

    Foobnix audio player for Linux, Windows and Android. Main features player Support for CUE (also wv, iso.wv) is the best under Linux (zavlab); Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack...

    Open Source Windows Linux Android Xfce

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Windows Media Player Comments

Don't like it

Negative Comment by usranme
about Windows Media Player May 2015

It can't read like lots of codecs (.mkv above all)

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I hate it with my guts!

Negative Comment by PeterSavin
about Windows Media Player Aug 2014

I simply hate it.

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Never Liked it

Negative Comment by impossible
about Windows Media Player and Clementine, SMPlayer, VLC Media Player Aug 2013

Seems like its always forced on me and its annoying. The interface has been the same since i can remember. They need to make this simpler and redesign.

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Windows Media Player is getting worse and worse.

Negative Comment by BrokenNote
about Windows Media Player Jun 2011

Windows Media Player 10 was the culmination. From the point afterwards, all versions are getting worse.
WMP 12 is laggy and unintuitive.

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I love it, it just uses too much memory (slowing down other ...

Comment by rossmasters
about Windows Media Player Jun 2011

I love it, it just uses too much memory (slowing down other programs). It also has a habit of running in the background when I think I've closed it.

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On Win7 is good enough

Comment by Venom88
about Windows Media Player Jun 2011

The version installed on Win7 is good enough: the player is more minimal and fast, even if the multimedia catalogue is so confusing :S

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It can also stream to console devices, with WMP version 11+ ...

Comment by rogerdpack
about Windows Media Player Jun 2011

It can also stream to console devices, with WMP version 11+

You can see how here

[Edited by Venom88, June 28]

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Its a pretty good player, but in my opinion the older versi ...

Comment by Aaron
about Windows Media Player Jun 2011

Its a pretty good player, but in my opinion the older versions worked the best, the newer versions seem to take up more processing and just caused problems every time I used it. There were plenty of times that I could not get it to play my videos, so I went with media player classic.

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