Windows Media Player Free Alternatives for Windows

Windows Media Player Free Alternatives for Windows

Most people would prefer not to use Windows Media Player but instead, use some other third-party software to watch their videos or listen to their music. If you have been looking for one, look no further as we have some of the best alternatives for you.

VideoLAN Codec (VLC)

Considered to be one of the best alternatives there is, VLC allows you to get input from your DVD drive, Audio CD and many other formats that you can possibly think of. Besides that, it also support many subtitle formats as well which is something that Media Player lacks. VLC is available not only for Windows but just about any other platforms you can think of.

Media Player Classic

If you have used the old version of Windows, you would have noticed a vanilla version of Windows Media Player called Media Player Classic. It has since been put as an open-source application and as such, it supports just about any common video and audio files that you can think of. Like VLC, it is also free and there are no advertisements or toolbars bundled with the application.


If you want something that looks a bit more sophisticated, KMPlayer will be the alternative application to go with. It has a lot of features and can read most of the audio and video formats that you throw to it. Besides that, you can also apply adjustments such as noise reduction, image stretch and many others. KMPlayer is also available for free to whoever that wishes to use it.


XBMC is most probably the one that stands out the most out of the ones that we have mentioned. This is because it is more like a media center as compared with a video player. It sorts your videos into films and TV shows. Besides that, it will also download the synopsis of the video as well.

About Federick Istat

Federick is the technical editor for He is our expert on everything related to computer components, from cooling systems for next-generation video cards up to processor overclocking.

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