Looking for a good free Media player for Windows 7? Here are some of the best. Obviously VLC is one of them.
With smartphones and mp3 players becoming more and more common, media has become very portable. In spite of this, or perhaps because of it, media players for computers are incredibly important. The best media player for Windows 7 should be able to play files in numerous formats, sync with portable devices, and access the internet. While there is no definite winner, what follows are some of the best media players for Windows 7.
VLC Media Player
VLC Media Player is probably the best all around media player for Windows 7. It is known as the media player that can play pretty much anything (the list below is just a sampling), and it will also convert files to supported formats. It ignores regions on DVDs, which makes it ideal for international travelers. VLC features fully customizable toolbars and a number of different skins, although some of the skins may affect the functionality of the player.
Supported formats include: ALAC, DivX, FLAC, FLV, MIDI, MJPEG, MP2, MP3, MP4, MPEG, and OGG.
GOM player’s most incredible feature is its ability to play damaged, locked, or partially downloaded files. It also features zooming and panning, customizable themes and hot keys. The brightness, hue, and color saturation are all customizable, although there is no preview window. GOM Player can play a large number of formats and has many codecs built in. If it cannot play a file it will provide a link to the best open source codec to install.
Supported formats include: AC3, ASF, AVI, DAT, DivX, FLV1, H263, MOV, MP4, MPEG, OGG, WMV and XviD.
KMPlayer can play a large amount of file formats without the need for extra codec packs, though users do have the option of using codecs if they’d like. In general, KM player gives the user full control over which codec and filter to use for each file. Other customizable features include a variety of skins and the ability to change playback speed. Specifics parts of the video can be marked as favorites and there the chosen skin can vary with the kind of file being played.
Supported formats include: 3GP, AC3, ACC, AMR, AVI, MKv, MP3, MPEG, OGM, OGG, VCD, WAV and WMA.
WinAmp has a number of media players available, not all of which are free. Their players feature instant online access so that clicking on an artist’s name opens a tab with links to related headlines. The built in browser is also helpful for media discovery. WinAmp supports many portable devices, including iPods, and it allows users to sync files from the device to the computer if the files are not DRM protected. However users should be aware that the player is prone to crashing at times.
Supported formats include: AAC, MP3, M4A, MIDI, MOD, MP4, MPEG, MPG, OGG, WAV, WMA, WMV, WEBM, and WPL.
Media Player Classic Home Cinema
MPC Home Cinema is an upgraded version of the Media Player Classic. A separate codec is required to play files from RealPlayer, QuickTime, or WinAmp, unless the player is installed on the computer. It supports anti-tearing and multi-monitor configuration, as well as playback and recording with a compatible TV tuner. Best of all, MPC Home Cinema does not need to be installed since it can be used straight from a USB.
Supported formats include: AC3, DTS, GIF, JPEG, JPG, MIDI, MP3, MPEG, MPG, MP2, OGG, WAV, WMA, and WMV.
Each of the media players above are best for specific uses, such as playing damaged files or syncing to portable devices. Most of the players have similar features, so the best media player for Windows 7 may simply be the best media player for you and your lifestyle.