What is a media player and why do you need one? A media player is used for watching videos and listening to music, you can even use it to view photos.It is a "all-in-one"entertainment center on your PC or Mac.
Music, video and pictures can be saved in many different file formats and media players are designed to play as close to everything and anything possible.It doesn´t really matter in which file format you have saved your files, there is a software (often free of charge) available that you can use to view it with.
Here is a list of the most common file formats that are supported:
The top 10 media players ( listed below) make it really simple and fun to view files made from different sources.It can be photos from your digital camera, files from your camcorder, old backups of VHS tapes, some Divx videos you downloaded from the web, your DVD´s that you ripped to MKV, your music CD´s that you ripped to MP3 and many other sources.The list below does not share all the features, but there are web addresses you can visit to learn more about the software you are interested in and suits your needs.
Top 10 Media Players For Your PC or Mac
(Can be downloaded from http://www.Winamp.com)
Winamp is a basic media player used for Windows-based PC´s and MACs, it can also be used on mobile devices like Android 2.1 and iPhone.It is written by Nullsoft and it can be downloaded for free, there is also a paid version available.Winamp has many different skins and plug-ins available, a playlist and media library features.
Winamp supports the following formats: MPEG-1, MIDI, MOD, MP3, WMA, M4A, AAC, FLAC and WAV.
#2.VLC Media Player
(Can be downloaded from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html)
This is a streaming media server and open-source media player that is written by the VideoLAN project (which started in 1996).VLC is very popular because it is a cross-platform player with different versions for QNX, Android, Solaris, Windows, OS x, Linux and a few
VLC supports many different file formats and streaming protocols and it can even be used for streaming over the Internet and to transcode multimedia files.
#3.Windows Media Player
(More information at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/windows-media-player )
The Windows Media Player is a component included the Windows 7 operating system.It is also used on Windows mobile devices and Pocket PCs.Windows media player makes it simple to copy music to CD´s and rip music from CD´s, as well as burn CDr´s as data or audio.You can customize it with different skins and plug-ins. WMP enables users to rent or buy music from a few different online music shops.
(Can be downloaded from http://www.real.com)
Realplayer is a software that can be used for playing recorded media.It is compatible with several formats including Windows Media, Quicktime, MP3 and MPEG-4.It also supports multiple versions of both RealVideo and RealAudio.You can also use RealPlayer if you are using Symbian, Unix, Linux, Windows Mobile or Palm OS.Besides being an excellent media player, it has also other features like media browser, media library, you can burn and rip CD´s and lots more.
Realplayer supports at least the following formats: .ra, .rm, .rmvb, .rp, .rt (Realaudio formats), MP3, CDa, WAV, AIFF, AAC, MOV and different playlist formats such as .rpl and .m3u.
(Can be downloaded from http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/)
QuickTime is a software which is developed by Apple.It is a really sofisticated software that can handle many different formats of sound, picture and digital video.There is a version available for Windows XP and newer operating systems as well as Mac OS Leopard and newer.
QuickTime supports naturally video that is made in QuickTime format (.MOV) but also WAV, MP3, AIFF and MPEG.If you install additional QuickTime components you can also view video in DivX media format and flash.More features about this software can be found at their website.
#6.AVS Media Player
(Can be downloaded from http://www.avs4you.com/AVS-Media-Player.aspx)
AVS is a very nice "all-in-one" software that allows you to watch videos in almost any file extension, play audio files and view pictures.This software also supports 3.1, 5.1 and 7.1 speaker configurations.Multi-lingual interface is also available which is great for those who want to install the software in Japanese, Italian, Spanish, French, German or Polish.Tech support is also available in these languages.
AVS supports at least these video, audio and image formats: .avi, .div, .divx, .wmv, .mp4, .mov, .wav, .mp3, .wma, .ogg, .mp2, .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .png, .wmf. Visit their website for a complete list of supported formats and features.This is a great option for those who need a no-cost media player with lots of features.
(Can be downloaded from http://www.jetaudio.com/products/jetaudio/)
Jet Audio is a media player software that supports all major file extensions such as .MP3, .WAV, .MPEG, .MOV and many more.This is a software that can be used for burning and ripping audio CD´s and recording from analog resources (line-in input and microphone).
It is also possible to make digital audio files from your old LP´s or cassettes.Jet Audio has a free and paid version available depending on how many features you need.Visit their website for a complete list of features.
#8.GOM Media Player
(Can be downloaded from http://www.gomlab.com/eng/)
This is another basic no-cost player made for Windows PC´s that supports the most well-known file types.It has a friendly interface and is simple to use.They have also a free video converter software which supports many different input and output formats.You can learn more about the GOM media player and video converter at their website.
(Can be downloaded from http://www.kmpmedia.net)
This is a multi media player that does not require any separate Codec.It has it´s own internal Codec which allows you to play any media files.Supported file types are AC3, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, WMA, OGG and many more.
#10.Media Player Classic
(Can be downloaded from http://www.free-codecs.com/download/media_player_classic.htm)
MPC is a compact and simple to use media player for Microsoft Windows 32-bit or 64-bit versions.It looks just like the 6.4 version of the Windows Media Player but it has a lot more features and options.MPC supports DVD, VCD and SVCD without installing any additional codecs.This is a really good option if you are looking for something simple that works without problems.
This was a short review of the top 10 media players for your PC or Mac.All of these are really great and simple to use, but I personally prefer AVS media player because of all the features. It supports every single file extension you can imagine and there is no need to search for another media player.It doesn´t hurt that it is free either.However, every user is different and the media player I like does not mean it is perfect for you.Use the list above to find a great option for you.