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Windows Media Player Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to Windows Media Player for Windows and since it's discontinued a lot of people 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, foobar2000, MPV and AIMP.

Windows Media Player alternatives are mainly Audio Players but may also be Media Players or CD Rippers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Windows Media Player.
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  1. VLC Media Player icon

    VLC Media Player

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Apple TV
    • Homebrew
    • PortableApps.com
    • Chocolatey
    • Flathub
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • F-Droid
    • Kindle Fire
    • Google Chrome
    • BSD
    • Haiku
    279 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  LightweightVLC Media Player consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Ad-freeVLC Media Player doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of VLC Media Player.
    4.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVLC Media Player can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    5.  Chromecast SupportCast your content to a Chromecast connected device with VLC Media Player.
    6.  Support for 4KVLC Media Player supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
    7.  PortableVLC Media Player can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    8.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in VLC Media Player without registration.
    9.  DecentralizedVLC Media Player is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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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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    Guest

    It's efficient and the music is clear to listen to!

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    Guest

    VLC media player is an excellent alternative to Windows Media Player. Although, its UI isn't appealing, neither is Windows Media Player's.

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    Guest

    VLC, while an awesome media player, lacks WMP's library features. Thus, it is not an all-in-one system like WMP is.

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    Guest

    The library features of WMP is far more intuitive.

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    RasheedAZ

    Can actually play most media files and actually fulfil its purpose unlike wmp

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    Guest

    VLC can play just about every video and audio file in existence.

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    Guest

    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.

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  2. MPC-HC icon

    MPC-HC

    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com
    128 alternatives to MPC-HC 

    Media Player Classic Home Cinema (MPC-HC) is an extremely light-weight, open source media player for Windows®. Media Player Classic Home Cinema supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback.

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    1.  LightweightMPC-HC consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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  3. foobar2000 icon

    foobar2000

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    166 alternatives to foobar2000 

    foobar2000 is an advanced multi-platform freeware audio player.

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    1.  Lightweightfoobar2000 consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/Extensionsfoobar2000 can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  Dark Modefoobar2000 supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    4.  Portablefoobar2000 can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    5.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of foobar2000.
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    Customized with the Columns UI plugin.
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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

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    GGhz

    Light weight MUSIC player, has everything you need. about 4MB installer and 15MB on ram ,light on CPU

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    Guest

    Difficult to use, I couldn't work out how to rip CDs with it.

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  4. MPV icon

    MPV

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • BSD
    • Xfce
    88 alternatives to MPV 

    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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    1.  LightweightMPV consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Command line interfaceMPV either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsMPV can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    MPV vs Windows Media Player opinions
    Most users think MPV is a great alternative to Windows Media Player.
    Guest

    MPV is an open source and professional project

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  5. AIMP icon

    AIMP

    • Windows
    • Android
    • PortableApps.com
    279 alternatives to AIMP 

    AIMP is powerful free audio player for Windows OS that supports for local files, NAS, clouds, and podcasts. Additionally, it includes powerful tools to operate with audio files.

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    1.  LightweightAIMP consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of AIMP.
    3.  PortableAIMP can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  Dark ModeAIMP supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    5.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAIMP can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    6.  Collaborative PlaylistsMake any playlist collaborative to let your friends add, remove, and reorder videos and tracks.
    7.  Batch EditingAIMP allows you to select multiple items (tasks, files, images etc) and edit their properties all at once.
    8.  Support for VST PluginsAIMP support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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    AIMP vs Windows Media Player opinions
    Most users think AIMP is a great alternative to Windows Media Player.


  6. Strawberry icon

    Strawberry

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Haiku
    219 alternatives to Strawberry 

    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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    1.  LightweightStrawberry consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Lossless AudioStrawberry has lossless audio support, basically studio quality sound.
    3.  Works OfflineStrawberry can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    4.  Goal Setting Strawberry can set individual or group goals to meet over a particular period.
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    zokris

    Unlike VLC, Strawberry is not a "file player" but a complete management software for your music collection. Very convenient UI, can rip CDs, gives you the choice of encoders/decoders, ...

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    PotPlayer

    • Windows
    115 alternatives to PotPlayer 

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

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    1.  Dark ModePotPlayer supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    2.  Ad-freePotPlayer doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  LightweightPotPlayer consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  Support for 4KPotPlayer supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
    5.  PortablePotPlayer can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    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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    Most users think PotPlayer is a great alternative to Windows Media Player.
    Guest

    Built in image, video and audio capture any sources.

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    Video, audio and image capture from any devices in various format.

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    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.

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  8. Clementine icon

    Clementine

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    229 alternatives to Clementine 

    Clementine is a cross-platform free and open source music player and library organizer. It is a port of Amarok 1.4 to the Qt 4 framework and the GStreamer multimedia framework, focusing on a fast and easy-to-use interface for searching and...

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    1.  LightweightClementine consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Lossless AudioClementine has lossless audio support, basically studio quality sound.
    Discontinued

    No stable release since 2016. Newer release candidate seems to be available on Github.

    Clementine with lyrics pane
    Icecast radio stations
    Smart playlists and kittens
    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

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  9. SMPlayer icon

    SMPlayer

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • mpv
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • MPlayer
    • Mac
    114 alternatives to 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 play.

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    1.  LightweightSMPlayer consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Ad-freeSMPlayer doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  PortableSMPlayer can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  Chromecast SupportCast your content to a Chromecast connected device with SMPlayer.
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    Main Window - Dark Skin
  10. Winamp icon

    Winamp

    • Windows
    • Android
    213 alternatives to Winamp 

    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. Since version 2 it has been sold as freemium and supports extensibility with plug-ins and skins...

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    Winamp vs Windows Media Player opinions
    Most users think Winamp is a great alternative to Windows Media Player.
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