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Best Media player

By ddot
Jun 25, 2007
  1. What do you think the best media player is. It's not WMP!
     
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,635   +321

    Winamp 5 with the classic (2.x) look, none of the new skin crap.

    Its got a small visual footprint, tons of features that are unobtrusive, and plays audio and video files. Video files get their own seperate window with a very small 'window frame' around them so you can drag the video where you want without moving the whole player.
     
  3. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,289

    WinAmp for me as well! Never did like WMP.
     
  4. Keefer

    Keefer TS Rookie

  5. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,554

    WinAmp or Sonique for me.
     
  6. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,336   +280

    Depends on what you need to play back. If it's everything then I'd say VLC. If it's just audio then foobar2000. If it's just video then back to VLC. If it's a file format supported by WMP then I'll use WMP11 - unless it has subs.
     
  7. ddot

    ddot TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Does anyone have any other suggestions
     
  8. Yakob

    Yakob TS Rookie Posts: 77

    i prefer itunes, because i have an ipod,
    it plays 90% of files, and will convert wma to either aac, aac lossless or mp3 without the need for addons.
     
  9. matav

    matav TS Enthusiast Posts: 174

    Video-Lan VLC Media Player
    or
    K-Lite Mega Codec Pack (this has media player classic in it as well as REAL ALTERNATIVE and QUICKTIME ALTERNATIVE and all the possible codecs to play just about any media file)
    or
    Gom Player
    .
    i use VLC and K-Lite media player classic for video and winamp for audio. and Real Player for real media files (although real media files play in media player classic or WMP thanks to K-Lite).
    .
    it doesnt bother me to use all 3.
     
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,635   +321

    The problem with VLC is if you fullscreen it there is no (easy) way to get to a different part in the movie. In MPC (I think), WMP, and Winamp you can get a progress bar just by moving the mouse and then click to anywhere you want.

    VLC will give you a progress bar at the bottom if you want, but as far as I can tell you can't make it go away, so it is stuck there the whole time.
     
  11. resu

    resu TS Rookie Posts: 218

    DIVX player is pretty cool i guess

    but personally i dont see the problem with WMP infact i cant get enough of it
    its prolly coz media center loves it and that its less hastle to change it for anything else :D
     
     
  12. ddot

    ddot TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I really just want a media player that can do everything. With all the baggage the WMP comes with i just want to simplify. WMP has locked up on me, on more than one occasion.
     
  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,635   +321

    Then Winamp, just like I said in the 2nd post.
     
  14. ddot

    ddot TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I hear you man, Just trying to get a broader overview. I already have winamp and have been using it. I want to know if there is something I don't know about.
     
  15. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 524

    Winamp 5.35 is my favorite media player and Winamp also features some free XM radio stations. Although Winamp does crash now and then but it's far better than Windows Media Player.
     
  16. gguerra

    gguerra TS Enthusiast Posts: 559

    jetaudio, it's free, small and does everything including video and organize your media, it will burn, rip etc..
     
  17. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,635   +321

    So does winamp gguerra. And I'm sure winamp looks nicer than jet. Example:
    [​IMG]
    And of course the playlist window can be made taller (or wider) if you want to see more of your playlist at once. Playlist window and equalizer can be closed even if you are going minimalist.
     
  18. Jay Jay

    Jay Jay TS Rookie Posts: 38

    When it comes to video formats, I swear by VLC and Media Player Classic - both are easy to use, come packed with options to get the best results for your machine, they're free from DRM :grinthumb and anything that doesn't work on one will work on the other.

    VLC will usually override any region lockouts on DVD's and MPC also has extensive screen options that help you get the best "look" when watching films. On my Sony Vaio laptop it will fill the 16:9 display. :approve:

    Jay
     
  19. te00

    te00 TS Rookie Posts: 34

    agree on both..Classic player can play everything bs player couldnt play,no video/audio sound etc.Its really good.
     
  20. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    ddot, I'm not sure what you are looking for here.

    Multiple people have suggested Winamp and VLC (Which I agree with) as the best all around players. Yet you insist on getting more choices. If those are the ones recommended the most, then I wouldn't think you would look anywhere else.

    Just my thoughts.
     
  21. matt2971

    matt2971 TS Rookie Posts: 32

    I use Media Player Classic for 99% of my videos.

    http://www.techspot.com/downloads/2260-media-player-classic.html

    Unless you want to install loads of codecs, use the latest ffdshow beta. This will play almost any video format you throw at it.

    http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=173941

    Additionally, install Real Alternative and Quicktime Alternative so that you can play Real Media and QT files. If you have to.

    I'd avoid codec packs like k-lite. They just add unnecessary bloat to the amount of software you have, and can thus cause conflicts unless you know what you're doing. Why not just install MPC and ffdshow instead?

    I do also have VLC installed

    http://www.techspot.com/downloads/3562-vlc-media-player.html

    I don't find the interface as user-friendly as MPC, but it will also play just about anything you throw at it, because it actually has the codecs built-in. Additionally, if you have a corrupt or partial file (for instance, a half-downloaded file), then VLC is the best candidate for playing it.

    Music is a different matter as I need 18 permanent playlists for each genre of music open and accessible in one click. So I use Foobar2000:

    http://www.techspot.com/downloads/2258-foobar.html

    All the software above is - of course - free. If it's not free it's not worth buying.

    /flame

    Of course, if you're more more interested in what looks pretty than in technical ability and stability, you could always go for WMP, Winamp, Real Player or other commercial rubbish.

    /flame

    /me chuckles
     
  22. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,635   +321

    I'd agree with you on the WMP or Real Player. But not the Winamp. My install of winamp is purely functional, none of that eye candy bloat bs. Look at my above screenshot, you can't tell me thats focusing on pretty over performance.

    Foobar2000 not only looks HORRIBLE but it's layout is so f'ing bad that you think you are using a program from Windows 3.1
     
  23. ddot

    ddot TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have tried both and found that winamp is prone to crashes. VLC is nice but seems a little ugly(if it work it works though). Thanks everyone
     
  24. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,635   +321

    I've never had winamp 5 crash, ever.
     
  25. matav

    matav TS Enthusiast Posts: 174

    KM Player, supports many formats. Even real media.
     
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