Windows Media Player Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to Windows Media Player for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is VLC Media Player, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Windows Media Player and loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Windows Media Player are MPC-HC (Free, Open Source), foobar2000 (Free), MPV (Free, Open Source) and PotPlayer (Free).

    This page was last updated Sep 3, 2021

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      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.
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      VLC Media Player vs Windows Media Player opinions
      Most users think VLC Media Player is a great alternative to Windows Media Player.
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      It's efficient and the music is clear to listen to!
      Top positive comment  11 months ago

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      VLC media player is an excellent alternative to Windows Media Player. Although, its UI isn't appealing, neither is Windows Media Player's.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      VLC, while an awesome media player, lacks WMP's library features. Thus, it is not an all-in-one system like WMP is.
      Top negative comment  over 6 years ago

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      The library features of WMP is far more intuitive.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

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      RasheedAZ Can actually play most media files and actually fulfil its purpose unlike wmp
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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      VLC can play just about every video and audio file in existence.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      This media player has so many features I don't know where to start. Half of the features I didn't even know existed before I started using it. Everything you will ever need in a media player, and more are packed into this gem. I can't believe its free, its unreal.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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    1. 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.
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      Most users think MPC-HC is a great alternative to Windows Media Player.


    2. foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Main features Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.
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      foobar2000 vs Windows Media Player opinions
      Most users think foobar2000 is a great alternative to Windows Media Player.
      tvgoing1 foobar is not windows media player, it does not play videos
      Negative comment 9 months ago

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      Difficult to use, I couldn't work out how to rip CDs with it.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      GGhz Light weight MUSIC player, has everything you need. about 4MB installer and 15MB on ram ,light on CPU
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    3. MPV is an audio and movie player based on MPlayer and mplayer2. It supports a wide variety of video file formats, audio and video codecs, and subtitle types.
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      MPV vs Windows Media Player opinions
      Most users think MPV is a great alternative to Windows Media Player.
      MPV is an open source and professional project
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    4. Potplayer is a minimalist media player that has an extensive range of configurable options to choose from and lots of functionality.

      Bundleware

      Several antivirus detect a potentially unwanted application (adware) PUA.FusionCore in the file F.dll dropped by the installer of PotPlayer in the Temp folder. Once that file is blocked by the antivirus, the program is installed with no problems and ads.

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      PotPlayer vs Windows Media Player opinions
      Most users think PotPlayer is a great alternative to Windows Media Player.
      very customisable, allows the user to search and download subtitles through the program itself, without having to go to the browser to search. It also allows the user to synchronize the subtitles/audio via shortcuts and change the filters over the video.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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    5. 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 queue.
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      Most users think AIMP is a great alternative to Windows Media Player.
    6. Clementine is a cross-platform free and open source music player and library organizer. It is a port of Amarok 1.

      Discontinued

      The latest version is from 2016.
      Source: https://www.clementine-player.org/#news

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      Clementine vs Windows Media Player opinions
      Most users think Clementine is a great alternative to Windows Media Player.
      154pinkchairs one of the greatest FOSS players, but tbh I prefer quodLibet since it's more lightweight
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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    7. Strawberry is a music player and music collection organizer. It is a fork of Clementine released in 2018 aimed at music collectors and audiophiles. The name is inspired by the band Strawbs. It's written in C++ using the Qt framework.
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    8. 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 play.
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    9. Winamp is a media player for Windows developed by Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev by their company Nullsoft, which they later sold to AOL, who sold to Radionomy in January 2014.
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      Most users think Winamp is a great alternative to Windows Media Player.
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