Lots of people get Windows Media Player on their PC by default, because Microsoft has added it to the operating system. However, Windows Media Player isn’t ideal as it does not allow you to play a lot of different video formats, and in many cases an alternative will give you a better viewing experience. There are lots of alternatives out there, and we selected the 5 best alternative media players for you to choose from. Check them out below:
1. VLC Media Player
The great thing about VLC Media Player is that it is an open source cross-platform media player that allows you to play a wide variety of multimedia files. For example audio, VCD, CD and DVD. It also plays most codecs such as MPEG-2, MP3, MKV and WebM. There is also a lot of add-ons that you can choose from including extensions, internet channels and plugins and skins. VLC can stream across computer networks and it is easy to use plugins. You can even use more than one Graphical User Interface at a time. Lots of people now use VLC Media Player instead of Windows Media Player (I use it myself and prefer it because it plays so many more types of files). It is available on many operating systems including Linux, Windows, iOS, Android, Solaris and Syllable.
2. KM Player
This multimedia player supports a wide range of formats, including, DVD, VCD, AVI, Ogg, 3GP, MPEG-1/2/4 and MKV. The great thing about KM Player is that it is light on resources which is very beneficial if you don’t have much space left on your PC. The interface of KM Player is simple and everyone should be able to operate it. It has a few nice touches such as the media player’s color changes with every track that is played and it is high customizable. Users van add plug-ins, choose skins, change the playback options, change picture properties, apply filters, take video captures and sharpen video images.
Winamp is a popular and highly customizable Microsoft Media Player That allows you to choose your own skins, install plug-ins, change the way the interface looks and add visualizations that are shown when you are playing music. It comes in 16 different languages, and another great thing is that it has a couple of amazing features with which you can import media files demo the iTunes library, convert file formats, listen to podcast, listen to online radio, play music that is stored on your iPod and if you have Windows 7 you can control everything that you want to play from the taskbar.
4. DivX Plus
DivX plus has very high video performance and many media management capabilities and it is great for those who still like to burn movies and videos into a disk or save them on a USB drive. It supports many formats including MP4, AVI, MOV, DixX and MKV. It is available for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Mac OS X. DivX allows you to transfer shows, movies or home videos to a DivX certified device such as a DVD or Blu-ray player or a video console by formatting them to give them better compatibility. All in all this is a great multimedia player especially for those that want to use it for videos and appreciate high quality.
5. SM Player
This media player plays almost all audio and video formats, but it is only available for Windows and Linux OS. You don’t need to install any codecs because they are built in by default. SM Player has a wide selection of skins to choose from, and uses Mplayer, which is an award winning media player as a playback engine. Another great and unique feature of this media player is that it will search, download and play YouTube videos and downloads subtitles from www.opensubtitles.org.
Hopefully the above tips were helpful to you. Not everyone likes the default media player on their Windows PC. If you have other great media players that you like to use, please tell us about it in the comment section.