WOF: What's your favorite media player and why?

By Matthew ยท 94 replies
Aug 7, 2010
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  1. foobar for music, loads instantly even with thousands of mp3s , VLC for vids
  2. 0192837465

    0192837465 TS Enthusiast Posts: 21

    media player classic because i can mirage any code i don't have with it.
  3. Initially (on WinXP): Old WMP (6.4) w/ CCCP for video, WinAMP for Music.

    I preferred WMP 6.4 because it was simplistic and just did what I wanted it to do: play video. No trying to "think" for me, no excessive options to fiddle with (that's what CCCP was for.)

    Currently (Win7): MPC-HC w/CCCP for video, WinAMP for Music.
  4. GOM Player & KM Player for videos. Evil Player for music files.
  5. Zune 4.2. Works really well with music. Search function in Zune is better than both WMP and iTunes which is pretty handy. Videos are handled by VLC or MPC, depending on which one i bother installing :p
  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Media player classic.
  7. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    I'm really lazy and use MP12 as the default media player with CCCP, Realplayer Alt and Quicktime Alt. I have paid copies of winamp and quicktime from a long time ago, so I have at least winamp installed as backup (and particularly music rather than video). Likewise I have MPC:HC for better subtitle handling and when both MP12 and MPC fail, I have VLC.
  8. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    First, i'd note: I generally just play videos/DVDS on my computer and not so much audio files

    I used to use VLC but switched to KMPlayer maybe a year ago when VLC was having a problem (tho now i don't recall what it was).

    A couple things i like about KMPlayer (tho maybe these features are now also in VLC since i switched)
    > I can use my mouse rocker buttons to jump forward/back 5 secs in playback
    > It easily remembers where it was so i can easily resume video playback if were to shutdown the computer and then restart the video playback later
  9. WMP Classic for Videos

    ITunes for music due to Ipod/Iphone support...
  10. Mikymjr

    Mikymjr TS Booster Posts: 124   +9

    I use windows media player12, VLC and Gom player. For music i mostly use WMP. For videos i switch between them for whichever gives the best output! ;-)
  11. 'The KMPlayer' is hands down the best for .avi and .mkv playback.

    and it's the little things that make it solid. VLC can't touch KMPlayer if you ask me.
  12. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 300   +6

    i love the kmplayer. i use it basically for video,it handles every format. i use windows media player for music
  13. VLC Media Player (VLAN) - it just works. I had a dalliance with Divx Player (the new one is nice), but they lost me when a minor upgrade killed some required codecs.

    Windows Media Player - too much screen junk.

    Quicktime - too slow.
  14. MPC HC player for video with klite codec installed. Foobar for music.
  15. Lets hear it for open source Songbird. I used it since it came out and only recently learned how to use its playlist.
  16. 1 word...
  17. KMPlayer 'cause I really like the interface
  18. wiak

    wiak TS Enthusiast Posts: 51

    Arcsoft TotalMedia Theatre for encrypted and unencrypted Blu-Ray Disc
    Media Player Classic Home Cinema for video, mkv, avi, mp4
    Foobar2000 for mp3, flac, ogg, podcasts and radio ;)
    Spotify for everything music
  19. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    iTunes for music, because I have an iPod, and usually VLC for movies.
  20. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Enthusiast Posts: 194

    Windows Media Player, but I rarely used it, because I use my DVD player with my pendrive to play any music or videos, most of times. So, there's no good reason to used, but nor there is to use any other player.
  21. I use media player classic to watch all my videos because it's the only one so far that has been able to play every single format I throw at it. I just got sick of switching programs every time the one I was using couldn't play the new format the video was in.
  22. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +901

    I am amazed at how few people from here use GOM Player, I found it when I had my PB S18p (7" touchscreen with a AMD Geode LX800 proc, it was a notebook yet they were not known as netbooks) and it was the one that worked best under such low specs, was able to play MP4 a bit slugish... but played!

    Since then GOM and only GOM, for music iTunes I know it's a bit bulky, but helps a lot to mantain music organized through the disk.
  23. XBMC was the best for DVD movies, but since 9.03 that program took a dive... In Linux there is no pure Debian release it is a Ubuntu mashup and does not work well outside of a Ubuntu Box... Sad day XBMC chose to make it almost a closed for package for one Linux Distro...

    SMPlayer is great in WinXP & Linux. A front end for Mplayer and this is the best way to install this jack or all trades video software...

    VLC, there are many features that are not well documented about this amazing software, some users call it light weight software, but if you take the time to search out the tools you will discover it is multifaceted software...

    Amarok, and Kaffeen are the two music players, I was using Songbird, but the Linux support seemed to disappear in a Microsoft operating system this software is still OK.. Atunes works decently in the Microsoft arena, but needs better functionality for Linux use...
  24. Winamp for music, KMplayer for everything else
  25. darkfanar

    darkfanar TS Rookie

    windows media player on windows 7 :D

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