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...

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

    • Vlc is a great alternative: it opened all my files fast, and they look great.
      Guest 5/19/2016
    • VLC, while an awesome media player, lacks WMP's library features. Thus, it is not an all-in-one system like WMP is.
      Guest 6/21/2015
  • MPC-HC icon


    MPC-HC is an extremely light-weight, open source media player for Windows. It supports all common video and audio file formats...

    Open Source Windows

  • foobar2000 icon


    foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support...

    Free Windows

  • Winamp icon

    Winamp Discontinued

    Winamp is a media player for Windows and OS X developed by Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev by their company Nullsoft, which they...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android

  • Clementine icon


    Clementine is a cross-platform free and open source music player and library organizer. It is a port of...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • AIMP icon


    Freeware Winamp-like media player, based on BASS audio library with support for large number of formats and playlists. It works with...

    Free Windows Android

  • iTunes icon


    iTunes is the best way to organize and enjoy the music, movies, and TV shows you already have — and shop for the ones you want to get....

    Free Mac Windows iPhone iPad

  • Daum PotPlayer icon

    Daum PotPlayer

    KMPlayer's developer started a new project for Daum, the PotPlayer. It feels like the KMPlayer, but is in active development. It...

    Free Windows

  • SMPlayer icon


    SMPlayer intends to be a complete front-end for MPlayer, from basic features like playing videos, DVDs, and VCDs to more advanced...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD Haiku

  • MediaMonkey icon


    MediaMonkey is a music player and a music library manager with support for 50,000+ files and many features for organizing, tagging...

    Freemium Windows Android Windows RT

  • MPlayer icon


    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...

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

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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

  • 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...

    Freemium Android Android Tablet

  • KMPlayer icon

    KMPlayer Bundleware

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

    Free Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • Banshee icon

    Banshee Discontinued

    Play your music and videos. Stay entertained and up to date with podcasts and video podcasts. Discover new music with...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • DeaDBeeF icon


    DeaDBeeF is a lightweight graphical music player created for easy playback of music and management of playlists. It supports major...

    Open Source Linux Android BSD Xfce

  • GOM Media Player icon

    GOM Media Player Bundleware

    GOM Media Player (Gretech Online Movie Player) is a freeware media player. Key strengths are the ability to play the majority of media...

    Free Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Debian Xfce

  • MPC-BE icon


    MPC-BE is a free and open source audio and video player for Windows. MPC-BE is based on the original Guliverkli project and...

    Open Source Windows

  • 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...

    Freemium Mac

  • UMPlayer icon


    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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • DivX icon


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

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone

  • MPlayerX icon

    MPlayerX Warning

    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...

    Open Source Mac

  • Videos icon


    Videos (previously Totem) is the official movie player of the GNOME desktop environment based on xine-lib or GStreamer. It features a...

    Open Source Linux

  • XMPlay icon


    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...

    Free Windows

  • BSPlayer icon


    BSPlayer is the first software movie player ever to enable its users to focus on watching the movie instead of dealing with poor...

    Freemium Windows Android Kindle Fire

  • SPlayer icon


    SPlayer is a player that supports all popular formats, including DVDRip, HDTV, RMVB, QuickTime, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AC3/DTS, VP3/6/7...

    Open Source Windows

  • Splash icon


    Splash 2.0 lets you watch and convert your videos like never before - superb performance, smooth motion, crisp details and vivid...

    Freemium Windows

  • jetAudio icon


    JetAudio is integrated, multimedia software made of a single compact rack. Not only does it play various music and video files, it...

    Freemium Windows Android

  • RealPlayer icon


    RealPlayer with RealTimes (aka “RealPlayer” for short) still includes the legacy features, such as Video Player, Downloader...

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

  • Zune Software icon

    Zune Software Discontinued

    Zune Software is a full media player application with a library, an interface to the Zune Marketplace, and as a media streaming...

    Free Windows Windows RT Windows Phone

  • mplayer2 icon

    mplayer2 Discontinued

    mplayer2 is an advanced general-purpose video player. A fork of the original MPlayer project, it contains significant further...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Foobnix icon


    Foobnix audio player for Linux, Windows and Android. Main features player Support for CUE (also wv, iso.wv) is the best under...

    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)


I hate it with my guts!

Negative Comment by PeterSavin
about Windows Media Player Aug 2014

I simply hate it.


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.


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.


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.


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


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]


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.