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Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player
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(40,646 votes)
Proprietary

Many people would agree that Windows Media Player has proven to be one of the most reliable and convenient tools to manage one's media library. There is a lot it can do: organize your files, play videos and music, burn CDs, stream your media to other devices... the list of features is very large and very impressive.

VLC media player
VLC media player
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(19,093 votes)
Open source

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. Plays everything - files, discs, webcams, devices, and streams. Plays most codecs with no codec packs needed - MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3...

Realtek High Definition Audio Driver
Realtek High Definition Audio Driver
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(8,156 votes)
Freeware

Realtek High Definition Audio Driver 6 is one of the best for Windows Vista Desktop and mobile PC. As it meets performance requirements for Microsoft WLP 3.08 Vista premium and mobile PCs, it is heavily used and popular amongst Vista and Mobile PC users.

Apple Mobile Device Support
Apple Mobile Device Support
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(2,023 votes)
Freeware

It was a necessary application for the synchronisation between an apple mobile device and old versions of ITunes over Windows XP. The actual versions of ITunes include this application, so there is no need to download it separately unless you have an old version of it.

iTunes
iTunes
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(3,854 votes)
Freeware

iTunes is a program for organizing and playing music and video in your PC and online Apple account. It gives you access to over 100,000 movies and TV shows through iTunes Store. Once you purchase a song, it becomes available in all your devices including PCs, iPhones, and iPads.

QuickTime
QuickTime
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(2,579 votes)
Freeware

QuickTime is a media player that supports most common audio and video formats. It also comes with a basic image viewer that supports most popular image formats. It offers a simple GUI with basic buttons to play, seek, and adjust volume. It is a bit slow to open, but other than that it performs well during audio and video playback. It works great with HD and Full-HD videos.

Winamp
Winamp
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(6,186 votes)
Freeware

Winamp player is designed to cover the large area of video and audio media file types available today. The player comes with various types of new skins and visualization styles and is easier to personalize in both menu style as well as preferences , playlists, bookmarks, history, etc.

GOM Player
GOM Player
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(5,286 votes)
Freeware

There are dozens of free media players and then there’s GOM Player. Apart from the obvious video and audio playback capabilities, this absolutely free player offers you a plethora of other functions that rival the most comprehensive media players. It supports all the most popular media codecs and searches for any other codec not present in its built-in library.

K-Lite Codec Pack
K-Lite Codec Pack
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(2,297 votes)
Freeware

The pack works on all versions of Windows from XP up to Windows 10. The intelligent installer automatically adapts itself based on your version of Windows. It also adapts itself based on what other codecs are already installed on your computer. Contains both 32-bit and 64-bit codecs.

The KMPlayer
The KMPlayer
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(6,058 votes)
Freeware

Developed by KMP Media, KMPlayer is a well-known media player in this branch by most of the users because it shares notoriety with other applications of this kind like BS Player, VLC media player or Gom Player. A clever media-player solution to take into consideration for any type of user.

CyberLink PowerDVD
CyberLink PowerDVD
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(5,106 votes)
Shareware

If only for its perfect playback of full Blu-ray discs and folders (native menus and extras included), CyberLink PowerDVD is the tool to look for when in search of the perfect software-based replacement for your hardware Blu-ray and video player. On top of that, this tool can also play any video file, folder, and YouTube or Vimeo online videos, which you can “pin” (download) and enjoy offline.

FormatFactory
FormatFactory
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(2,625 votes)
Freeware

FormatFactory is a multifunctional media converter. MP4/3GP/MPG/AVI/WMV/FLV/SWF, MP3/OGG/WMA/M4A/WAV, JPG/BMP/PNG/TIF/ICO,rip DVD to video file. MP4 files support iPod/iPhone/PSP format.

RealPlayer
RealPlayer
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(8,280 votes)
Freeware

RealPlayer is one of the most popular video player and the only player that can play "real video" files properly - real video files are compact in size. The program has an audio/video library just like Windows Media Player. It can also be used to view web pages and download videos.

Virtual DJ
Virtual DJ
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(1,985 votes)
Shareware

VirtualDJ is a software used by DJs to replace their turntables and CD players, and use digital music instead of vinyl and CDs. It lets you "mix" your songs, by playing two or more tracks at the same time, adjust their relative speed so that their tempo will match, apply effects like loops etc, and cross-fade from one side to the other.

AIMP
AIMP
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(3,118 votes)
Freeware

AIMP is an audio player that also has other features. Thus, in addition to rendering audio with probably the best quality available in Windows, the tool can also help you maintain a music library with support of tag editing. Likewise, it can rip audio CDs, grab streaming audio and convert between formats.

Conexant HD Audio
Conexant HD Audio
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(594 votes)
Commercial

Conexant has a long history of technological innovation in audio technology, which provides superior high definition audio quality and premium performance. Today, Conexant offers a line of industry leading HD-Audio codecs, including marketing value-added Voice Processing Algorithms Digital Signal Processor (DSP) software, optimized for PC Motherboard integration for worldwide operation.

K-Lite Codec Pack Full
K-Lite Codec Pack Full
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(3,720 votes)
Freeware

This is a stand-alone version of the tool that is included in the K-Lite Codec Pack. With this tool you can do things like: Scan the registry to detect and remove broken references to codecs and filters. Generate a detailed log of all installed codecs and DirectShow filters. Enable/disable more than 250 popular codecs and filters (if they are installed).

IDT Audio
IDT Audio
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(1,016 votes)
Commercial

IDT audio software shows you the difference between listening and really hearing what your computer has to say. Don't just listen any more ! It's time to enjoy the sounds.

K-Lite Mega Codec Pack
K-Lite Mega Codec Pack
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(899 votes)
Freeware

K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. The mega variant of this package includes all the available codecs, along with VFW/ACM codecs for video encoding and editing. During installation, you are allowed to select the required codecs from its list.

CyberLink Power2Go
CyberLink Power2Go
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(484 votes)
Shareware

CyberLink Power2Go is a CD/DVD/Blu-ray video disc burning program. It comes with the Smart Fit feature that automatically resizes your video file to the highest quality supported by your disc, and even utilizes free disc space by increasing your bit rate. Power2Go can also rip audio CDs into losses APE and FLAC formats.

CyberLink PowerDirector
CyberLink PowerDirector
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(603 votes)
Shareware

Years after its initial release, PowerDirector continues to rank high among the best video editors around, thanks to its extensive set of editing tools and its unmatched performance. PowerDirector enables amateur and experienced editors to make their video projects come to life, providing a simple workflow while delivering high-quality productions.

Spotify
Spotify
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(314 votes)
Freeware

Spotify is a platform that gives you instant access to millions of songs. You can also browse through the music collections of friends, artists and celebrities, or create a radio station and just sit back. You can see and hear what your friends are listening to – just hit play on any music post.

YTD Video Downloader
YTD Video Downloader
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(1,176 votes)
Shareware

YTD Video Downloader is intended for video downloading, conversion and playback. The program is quite easy to use, mostly because there are separate tabs for each of its functions. It can identify the real URL and download clips from a long list of video-sharing sites.

DivX
DivX
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(687 votes)
Freeware

DivX is a professional software solution that provides you with the latest codecs. It includes the DivX Player, the DivX Web Player, the DivX Converter, and the DivX HEVC Plug-in. The included player supports various formats of audio and video: DivX, AVI, MKV, MP4, MOV. The DivX Converter allows you to create MKV videos and standard DivX video files.

Ashampoo Burning Studio
Ashampoo Burning Studio
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(1,496 votes)
Freeware

Burning Studio 2018 quickly and reliably burns movies, music and file to any blank retail disc. Aside from creating file backups, the program also rips audio CDs and creates custom designed covers for them.