Media player

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Media player is a word that describes computer software that can play more than one type of media (multimedia). Media players can usually play both audio (sound) and video files.

Microsoft Windows comes with a media player already on it, Windows Media Player. Some other media players are Quicktime, iTunes, Real Player and Winamp.

List of media players[change | edit source]

Name Audio Video Operating System License Developer
1by1 Yes No Windows own
AIMP Yes No Windows own
AlbumPlayer Yes No Windows own
ALLPlayer Yes Yes Windows own
Amarok Yes No Linux/UNIX (KDE), Mac OS X and Windows (testing, QT/KDE dependent) GPL
aTunes Yes No Windows, Linux, Solaris GPL
Bearshare Yes No Windows own
broadPlayer Yes Yes Web based - works in modern browsers own
BS.Player Yes Yes Windows own
Chroma No Yes Mac own
cmus Yes No POSIX-compatible GPL
Exaile Yes No Linux GPL
Extended Module Player Yes No Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD GPL
Festastic! Yes No Linux, Mac, Windows own
Flash MP3 Player Yes No Web based - works in modern browsers own
Flash player update Yes Yes Linux, Windows open source flash player update
FLV-Media Player Yes Yes Windows Proprietary (Freeware)
flv player Yes Yes Windows, Linux Open-source flv player
foobar2000 Yes No Windows own
GOM player Yes Yes Windows own
Kantaris Yes Yes Windows GPL / LGPL
KMPlayer Yes Yes Linux, Mac, Windows GPL
LoomTV 1.0 Yes Yes Mac, Windows proprietary (freeware)
iMesh Yes Yes Mac, Windows own
iTunes Yes Yes Mac, Windows own
jetAudio Yes Yes Windows Freeware (basic edition) Cowon America
J. River Media Center Yes Yes Windows own
MediaMonkey Yes No Windows own
Media Player Classic Yes Yes Windows GPL
MPlayer Yes Yes POSIX-compatible, Mac OS X, Windows, AmigaOS, MorphOS GPL
Mplayerxp Yes Yes POSIX-compatible, Windows GPL
mufin player Yes No Windows own mufin.com
MusicMatch Jukebox Yes No Windows own
Napster Yes No Windows own
Narrowstep Player Yes Yes All own
Ogle Yes Yes *BSD, Linux, POSIX OSes GPL Chalmers University of Tech.
Open Cubic Player Yes No DOS/Windows 9x/me, POSIX OSes GPL
Oregan Media Browser Yes Yes All own
OS FLV Player Yes Yes All GPL
PowerDVD No Yes Windows own (CyberLink)
QuickTime Yes Yes Mac OS X, Windows own (Apple)
QuuxPlayer Yes No Windows own
RealPlayer Yes Yes Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Symbian OS own
Ruckus Player Yes Yes Windows own
Snow Player Yes Yes Windows own
Songbird Yes No Windows, Mac, Linux GPL
Spider Player Yes No Windows own
Splash Player Yes Yes Windows own
Spotify Yes No Windows, Mac own
The KMPlayer Yes Yes Windows own
Tronme Yes Yes Windows own
ViewOn.tv Media Player Yes Yes Windows own
VLC Media Player Yes Yes Linux/Unix, Windows, Mac OS X, BeOS, BSD, AmigaOS, MorphOS GPL
Winamp Yes Yes Windows[1], Linux (only version 3) own
Windows Media Player Yes Yes Windows, Mac OS X, Windows Mobile own
WinDVD No Yes Windows own (InterVideo)
XBMC (Xbox Media Center) Yes Yes Xbox game-console, Windows (partial port to Win32), Linux, Mac GPL / LGPL
xine Yes Yes Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, IRIX, Mac OS X GPL
XMMS Yes No POSIX-compatible GPL
XMPlay Yes No Windows own un4seen Developments
Yahoo! Music Jukebox Yes No Windows own
yasssu.com Yes Yes Windows & Mac yasssu GmbH
Zinf Yes No Linux, Windows GPL
Zoom Player Yes Yes Windows own
Zune Yes Yes Windows own

Many media players use libraries. The library helps you organize, or catalog, your music into categories such as genre, year, rating or other. Good examples of media players that include media libraries are Winamp, Windows Media Player, iTunes, RealPlayer, Amarok and ALLPlayer.

Notes[change | edit source]

  1. ^ Other Winamp versions are Amiamp (AmigaOS), Dosamp (MS-DOS), and Macamp (Mac OS).