16 Top Media Players

There are many such players available on the Web, either paid or free, to help you enjoy video and audio without any worries of not getting played irrespective of the format.

Below are few of the top media players available.

1. Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player (WMP) is developed by Microsoft. The player supports most of the popular audio and video file formats. It is free for download and comes as a default media player with Windows OS. It offers many features including playing audio and video files, streaming music etc.

2. QuickTime

QuickTime is developed by Apple for Mac and PC. It is an extensible multimedia framework to handle most of the video, audio, picture, panoramic images and interactivity formats. It is free but another version QuickTime Pro, is paid. Quicktime is also a web audio and player.

3. RealPlayer

RealPlayer claims to play more files than Windows Media Player and also facilitates downloading videos from Internet in just one click. The RealPlayer latest version helps in converting video into MP3. The premium featured RealPlayer is paid and costs $49.99.

4. VLC Media Player

It is an open-source freeware media player to play most of the files such as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, and OGG, DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can be customized and configured accordingly. It is developed by VideoLAN and is free to download for Windows.

5. KNPlayer

KMPlayer features vast array of audio and video capturing options with plethora of playback controls, tweaks and broad DVD support. It supports most audio and video formats. In its latest iteration the KMPlayer also supports 3D video and Intel WiDi. It is free to download.

6. WinAmp

WinAmp media player is available for Windows-based PCs and Android devices, and supports most of the file formats including playback of Ogg Vorbis. It also supports gapless playback for AAC and MP3. It burns music to CDs. The free version comes with limitations but the Pro version has some enhanced features.

7. Divx.com

DivX Player offers media player for Windows and Mac. It also offers Web player and smart phone players as well as software likes video converters. Its paid version offer some extended features.

8. BSPlayer.com

The BS.Player is free to download but the BSPlayer also has a PRO version with additional features. It also has BSPlayer for Android OS. The site claims its multimedia player can play DivX, HD and AVC video, movie, audio, DVD and YouTube.

9. JetAudio

It is feature-rich media player and is compatible with many major audio and video formats. The sound effects and cross-fading between songs of the player makes playback much improved. Extra tools are offered such as record sound, rip CDs, convert music files from one format to another, burn MP3 to CD and listen online radio. It comes free and compatible to Windows XP.

10. CyberLink PowerDVD

CyberLink PowerDVD offers DVD player with 30 days free trial. It is offered as Ultra (with mobile player version), Pro and standard version. Minimum version starts with $49.95. It can play HD & 3D videos as well. Other features includes instant scale, instant preview, zoom and much more.

11. Gomlab Player

The GOM media player for Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, ME and 98SE platforms. It claims to have built-in support for most of the video and audio formats and got tons of advanced features.

12. K-Lite Codec Pack

It is a collection of video and audio codes for Windows OS to play even those file formats which are not supported by the operating system. There are five versions of the player – Basic, Standard, Full, Mega, and 64-bit. It is compatible with Windows XP, 2003, Vista and 7. It is available free and can be downloaded from the below link:

13. EffectMatrix

The effectmatrix total video player can play almost all the media formats of video and audio. It is free to download. It also support DVD and flash files playing. It currently supports Windows OS only.

14. GetMiro

Miro is open source audio and video player. It is cross-platform (OSX, Windows and Ubuntu) and absolutely free. It also offer video converting and few other features. Miro is also available for iPad.

15. UMPlayer

The Universal Media Player or the UMPlayer is said to play anything. It is open source player and is made available for free. It has got more than 270 built-in audio and video codes to handle almost every format.

16. AVS Media Player

AVS Media Player is free for download and is made available for Windows 7, XP, 2003, Vista platforms. It does not support Mac or Linux operating systems. It offers support for many audio and video formats. Avs4you Also offers many other audio and video software including converter, remaker, recorder and converters.

These are just a tip on the ice-berg. There are many websites providing their best media players, but the above list is the perfect among all those unmentioned here.

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