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The programmes listed here have been highly rated by industry respected sources, however, this does not rule out any of them being problematic, either in their design or ease of use

As with any software, please defragment the hard drive and set a restore point before installing it, and only install it when you have the opportunity to run the programme to check its suitability

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B S Player

BSplayer is an application that plays back all kinds of media files (avi,mpg,asf,wmv,wav,mp3...) and specialises in video and divx playback.
Main Features

Display subtitles - Support custom subtitles position, color, font, transparency,... Supported formats: MicroDVD, Subviewer, SubRip
Fully skinnable - Any shape, transparent skins...
Resizable movie window
Drag & drop support
Command line support
Pan-scan and custom pan-scan option
Custom aspect ratios
Playlist support
Resolution changing
Frame capture
AVI files with more than 2 audio streams supported (multilanguage)
Support for OGM files, including more then 2 audio/video tracks, supports embeded subtitles/chapters
External audio file supported
S/PDIF output supported for AC3 files (with Intervideo audio decoder)
INI files
Remote control support - WinLIRC
Simple equalizer (DirectX 8 required)
Playback rate (1/2x, 1x, 2x) and custom


The DivX Play Bundle gives you everything you need to start watching high-quality DivX videos, including DivX Video-on-Demand movies.
The DivX Player is capable of playing every DivX file ever created, with integrated support for advanced DivX Media Format features and special enhancements for high definition (HD) playback, providing the ideal way to enjoy all your DivX videos.

DivX Play supports the DivX Media Format allowing you to watch DivX videos (including DivX VOD movies) with advanced interactive features on your PC such as video menus, subtitles and alternate audio tracks.


iTunes is an audio player for playing and organizing digital music files, and purchasing digital music files in the FairPlay digital rights management format. The iTunes Music Store is the component of iTunes through which users can purchase digital music files from within iTunes.
Users are able to organize their music into playlists, edit file information, record compact discs, copy files to a digital audio player, purchase music on the Internet through its built-in music store, run a visualizer to display graphical effects in time to the music as well as encode music into a number of different audio formats.

iTunes includes the Quicktime Player installer.

Media Player Classic

Media Player Classic was designed to look just like Windows Media Player 6.4, but with many additional new features. It has a built in DVD player with real-time zoom, support for AVI subtitles, QuickTime and RealVideo support and built-in MPEG2/SVCD/DVD codec.

QuickTime Alternative

QuickTime Alternative allows your system to play QuickTime movie files (.mov) without having to install the full version of the Quicktime Player. It includes the browser plugins to allow seemless playback of movies within webpages.
It comes bundled with Media Player Classic - a freeware media player that supports both QuickTime Alternative and Real Alternative.

QuickTime Player

QuickTime Player from Apple allows the playback of quicktime movies (.mov) and many other formats:
Playback of 3GPP and 3GPP2 files
Playback of MPEG-4 video, AAC audio & Instant-On media
Easy-to-use controls
Enhanced interface
Bass and treble controls
Balance control
Streaming media support
Ability to save movie favorites
Ability to view VR & interactive content

Real Alternative

Real Alternative allows your system to play Real Media files (.ra .ram) without having to install the full version of Real Player.
It comes bundled with Media Player Classic - a freeware media player that supports both Real Alternative and QuickTime Alternative.

Real Player

RealPlayer (renamed from RealOne) allows your system to play Real Media files (.ra .ram)
This new version also allows you to buy and download music that plays on more than 100 portable devices, including the iPod.

RealPlayer is a digital-media player for finding and downloading new music, playing and managing audio and video clips, and taking your digital entertainment with you. RealPlayer offers a streamlined interface that allows you to keep your media library close at hand. Keep all your digital-media clips organized in one place; save CD tracks with one click; pause and rewind live streams; transfer music to CDs and portable devices; and enjoy clear, smooth video playback and multichannel, surround-sound support.

VLC Media Player

VLC (initially VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.


Nullsoft Winamp is a fast, flexible, high-fidelity music and video player for Windows. Winamp supports MP3, CD, WAV and other audio formats, custom appearances called skins, plus audio visualization and audio effect plug-ins. additional features including free-form skins, a new decoder, built-in cross fade, and an advanced Media Library

Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player is the all-in-one media player that provides the best experience for discovering, playing, and taking your digital entertainment anywhere--on Windows XP-based PCs and the widest choice of portable devices.
The Player provides faster access to top activities, such as ripping, burning, and syncing. You can also fine-tune the layout, choose from a range of online music and video stores and services, and much more.

Music Cube One

MusicCubeOne is an attempt to do a simple yet neat looking mediaplayer for the Windows operating system. Though simple it holds the most required functions for handling and playing music in an easy maner.

XM Play

XMPlay is an audio player, supporting the OGG / MP3 / MP2 / MP1 / WMA / WAV / CDA / MO3 / IT / XM / S3M / MTM / MOD / UMX audio formats, and PLS / M3U / ASX / WAX playlists. A load more formats are also supported via plugins. When XMPlay was first released in 1998, only the XM format was supported, hence the name "XMPlay".

Pod Player

Pod Player is a freeware application to be used with your iPod. It allows you to play music from your iPod while it is connected to your PC. When launched, it will look for an attached iPod and when it finds one it will read the music database on the iPod. You will then be able to views your songs in a similar way as in iTunes (by artist, genre, album, playlist, etc). You can now also extract songs from it. There are a few little extra features such as iPod Hacks, checking for duplicates etc. You can play your music on any computer when you iPod is connected without the need to install any programs such as iTunes

There are versions for MAC and Windows


1by1 is a small, fast and handy player which is not only small: It provides powerful tools to handle your file collection and listen to your tracks.

Directory Player (needs no playlists) · Extensive file navigation · Full resume play (remembers last track and position) · ACM (mp3) and mpglib (mp3/mp2) support · Winamp input plugin support · Audio dynamics and stereo enhancer · Gapless/track mixing · Directory finder (plays whole drives) · Cue sheet support · Playlist support · Favorites

System requirements
100 MHz / Windows 9x, NT, 2K, XP
MP3 ACM system codec (present in XP) or mpglib.dll
Optional: input plugins


Completely free of charge
Full HTML documentation
Plug-in based support for different file formats
Ships with high quality MPEG-1/2/2.5 audio layer 2/3 and RIFF WAV PCM/ADPCM decoders
Support for Winamp 2.xx plug-ins
Internet streaming
Realtime 16-band graphic equalizer for all file formats
Accurate adjustable pause between tracks (gapless play also supported)
Crossfading between tracks (also with DirectSound and WAV output)
Built-in playlist (PLS/M3U/AAP) editor with drag & drop capabilities
Apollo Advanced Playlist support
Support for ID3 and ID3v2 tags
Standard Wave Out and DirectSound support
Decode to WAV file

Mercury Audio Player

Mercury Audio Player is a powerful media player for the Windows operating system. Mercury will run on Windows 98 or later, and weighs in at the small size of 1935 KB for the MSI installation download.

Fully Shoutcast Compatible Streaming Audio
Universal ID3v1 Tag Support - All media supported by Mercury can use ID3v1 Tags. This does not affect compatibility with other programs.
ID3v1 Tag Editor
Video Playback
CD Audio Support
Fullscreen Video Mode
Freeform Skin Support
No Skin mode (Uses no Skin Resources)
Auto Media Resume upon Launch
Fully Customizable Hot Key/Background key support
Auto Playback (Alarm Clock mode)
A->B Looping
3 Way Repeat
Integrated Playlist Editor
Integrated search mode for Playlist Editor
Support for almost all major audio and video formats.
Upto 96KHz Frequency Rate (Dependent on soundcard)
System Requirements
Windows 98 or newer operating system
DirectX 8 or newer
Pentium-class CPU or Equivilent
16 MB of RAM
500 KB of Hard Disk Space (Player only)

Media Monkey - Standard

Organize music and edit tags in your audio library with a powerful, intuitive interface

Automatically lookup and tag Album Art and other metadata

Manage 50,000+ files in your music collection without bogging down

Play MP3s and other audio formats, and never again worry about varying volume

Record CDs into OGG, MP3, and WMA files

Convert MP3s, OGG, and WMA files into other formats with the Audio Converter

Create playlists and music mixes quickly and easily to suit any occasion

Synchronize with iPods and portable MP3 players effortlessly

MediaMonkey runs on Windows platforms only. It has been tested on Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. Simply double-click the downloaded 'standard' file to install it

Audio Grail

AudioGrail (K-MP3) is the swiss army knife for everthing that is related to audio files (MP3, MPC, OGG...). It can very easily rename and tag (tag: info such as artist name, album, track title) your files automatically. It can also analyze quality, organize files on your system, create a "magic folder" for easier audio collection browsing, and more.

Main Features:
- Supports : MP3, OGG, MPC, APE, AAC, FLAC and WavPack files.
- Automatic Album Ranaming & Tagging (ID3Tag V1 & V2 tags, - Vorbis (Ogg) comments and APEv2 tags are supported) Powered by FreeDB.
- One-by-one tag editor with queue (for multiple files edition).
- Audio files To Audio CD burning capabilities.
- Files Names Normalizer (Case Standardization...)
- Tags Normalizer (Case Standardization...)
- Mass Tags Remover
- Files Organizer (Mass Tag To Name / Move To Folder)
- Duplicate Files Finder
- Playlist Creator & Analyser (Supported Formats : m3u, pls, xpl)
- Files Lister (Supported Formats : Raw listing, Coma - Separated Values, SQL, XML)
- Incomplete Tags Finder.
- Quality Analyser.
- Internationalization support.

If you wish the "expert" edition can be purchased for 19.99 Euros

Mp3 Tag

Mp3tag is a powerful and yet easy-to-use tool to edit metadata (ID3, Vorbis Comments and APE) of common audio formats. It can rename files based on the tag information, replace characters or words from tags and filenames, import/export tag information, create playlists and more. The program supports online freedb database lookups for selected files, allowing you to automatically gather proper tag information for select files or CDs.

Mp3tag supports the following audio formats:

Advanced Audio Coding (aac)
Free Lossless Audio Codec (flac)
Monkey's Audio (ape)
Mpeg Layer 3 (mp3)
MPEG-4 (mp4 / m4a / m4b / iTunes compatible)
Musepack (mpc)
Ogg Vorbis (ogg)
OptimFROG (ofr)
OptimFROG DualStream (ofs)
Speex (spx)
True Audio (tta)
Windows Media Audio (wma)
WavPack (wv)

Write ID3v1.1-, ID3v2-, APEv2-Tags and Vorbis Comments to multiple files at once
Full Unicode support
Support for embedded cover art
Automatically create playlists
Recursive subfolders support
Remove parts or the entire tag of multiple files
Rename files based on the tag information
Import tags from filenames
Format tags and filenames
Replace characters or words from tags and filenames
Regular Expressions
Export tag information to user-defined formats (like html, rtf, csv, xml)
Import tag information from online databases like freedb or Amazon (also by text-search)
Import tag information from local freedb databases


Here's a brief description of the features in YamiPod:
stand alone program, no installation required

iPod is automatically recognized

mp3 and AAC files can be copied to/from iPod

read/write access to mp3 id3 and AAC infos
playlist support (On-The-Go included)

playlists import (PLS,M3U)

playlists export (PLS,M3U)

full unicode support

auto-download new versions

advanced song import/export settings

2 restore features

built in music player

iPod informations

2 search features

remove duplicated tracks

find lost music files

easy ratings edit

PC to iPod synchronization
create and edit notes (with unicode support)

automatically update song playcounts

News RSS and podcasts to iPod upload

Red Player


Playback support for:
- DVD-files (ifo)
- Movie-files (mpg, mpeg, mpe, mpa, m1v, mpv2)
- Video-files (avi)
- Windows Media files (asf, wmv)
- VideoCD files (dat)
- Playlist files (m3u, rap, rsl, m3l)
- Flash files (swf)
- Image files (jpg, jpeg, bmp)
- Audio files (mp3, ogg, wav, wma)

Slideshow for jpg, jpeg and bmp-files

New in version 2.4:
- support for DVD-files (ifo)
- support for MP3-files
- new audiovisualization
- option to load UltraPlayer or Sonique visuals

Version 2.4:


What is QuickMix?

Are you fed up with carefully setting the audio mixer on your Windows computer only to have the settings changed by another application or when you reboot?
Do you need to store and recall different sets of mixer settings quickly and easily?

QuickMix is a simple applet that allows you to store all or part of the current state of your audio mixer in a settings file, and to restore the mixer to that state whenever you want.


SUPER © Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer.

A GUI to ffmpeg, mencoder, mplayer, x264, ffmpeg2theora & the theora/vorbis RealProducer plugIn.

SUPER © IS UNIVERSAL as it supports a wide variety of input/source file format to play
or encode (to & from) without any additional third party software.
Supported input source file formats are:
- Video format: 3gp/3g2(Nokia,Siemens,Sony,Ericsson) asf, avi (DivX,H263,H263+,H264,Xvid,MPEG4,MSmpeg4 etc..), dat,
fli, flc, flv (used in Flash), mkv, mpg (Mpeg I,Mpeg II), mov(H263,H263+,H264,MPEG4 etc..), mp4(H263,H263+,H264,MPEG4), ogg,
qt, rm, ram, rmvb, str (Play Station), swf (Flash), ts (HDTV), viv, vob, wmv
- Audio format: ac3, amr, mp2, mp3, mp4, ogg, ra, wav, wma
- AviSynth Script Files: avs. Let you specify advanced encoding commands using AviSynth scripts!
SUPER © supports the conversion (encoding) to most of the above mentioned formats.
To list few examples:
drag & drop any Audio file or even any VIDEO file and EXTRACT the AUDIO part by converting it to
mp2, mp3, wav, ac3, aac, amr_nb or amr_wb format. (the last 3 are playable on Nokia)
convert any type of video <--> to your favorite PocketPC or Mobile phone 3gp/3g2 format (or vice versa).
convert any type of video <--> to fit your PSP or iPod in H.264/AVC or MPEG-4 format (or vice versa).
convert any type of video <--> to a NERO burning compatible VCD or SVCD (or vice versa).
convert any type of video <--> to a "TMPGEnc DVD Author" compatible DVD (or vice versa).
convert any type of video <--> to a MOV format in H.264/AVC, MPEG-4, Xvid, DivX with AAC audio (playable on QuickTime7).
convert any type of video <--> to a MP4 format in H.264/AVC, MPEG-4, Xvid, DivX with AAC audio (playable on QuickTime7).
convert AviSynth script files (.AVS) to any other video format.
convert VCD (.DAT) files to any other format. (Also with Lossless Direct Conversion to MPG VCD-Compliant )
convert Matroska (.MKV) files to any other format.
convert QuickTime (.QT) files to any other format.
convert RealMedia (.RM .RAM .RMVB .RA) files to any other format.
convert Old.Play.Station (.STR) files to any other format.
convert Flash (.SWF) files containing FLV video codec to any other format.
convert HDTV (.TS) files to any other format. (Also with Lossless Direct Conversion To VOB)
convert Vivo (.VIV) files to any other format.
convert AVI files to <--> any other video format (or vice versa).
convert ASF files to <--> any other video format (or vice versa).
convert MOV files to <--> any other video format (or vice versa).
convert MP4 files to <--> any other video format (or vice versa).
convert MPG files to <--> any other video format (or vice versa).
convert OGG files to <--> any other video format (or vice versa).
convert VOB files to <--> any other video format (or vice versa).
convert WMV files to <--> any other video format (or vice versa).
AutoMode to convert any type of video to VCD, SVCD, DVD.
Play all of the above file formats with SUPER ©

SUPER © provides a variety of video codec selection with every file format conversion (encoding).
SUPER © provides a variety of audio codec selection with every file format conversion (encoding).
Easy configuration of the essential output video parameters (size, fps and video bitrate) during file conversion,
simplifying the user's encoding process while parsing internally optimized video commands for best encoding results.
Easy configuration of the essential output audio parameters (sampling rate, number of channels and audio bitrate)
during file conversion, simplifying the user's encoding process while parsing internally optimized audio commands
for best encoding results.
Unique Advanced H.264 profile & level selection. Not available in any other software.

Multiple batch file processing by simple file drag and drop.
A built-in Multimedia File Analyzing engine (Portions by MediaInfo) to show tags and internal structure of ALL source
files with a double click.

As SUPER © is a simple GUI, the quality of the rendered files or the played files DOES NOT depend on SUPER ©

The speed, rendered quality or the variety of the codec selection are the result of the great work achieved
by the respective authors of ffmpeg , mencoder , mplayer , x264 , ffmpeg2theora , libavcodec library & the theora/vorbis RealProducer's plugIn.

SUPER © is compatible with most Windows® platforms.

Soundtrack Producer

Soundtrack Producer allows audio (WAV) files to be overdubbed onto a video clip (AVI file). Cut, copy and paste WAV files on the timeline.

Features include audio in/out points, video and audio preview, intuitive drag and drop interface, full support for all installed CODECS.

Feature Summary
Source video preview window
Audio timeline
Playback of audio files
Audio In/Out point functionality
Cutting and pasting of audio files
Destination video window for playback of the finished file
Selection of output video format from any of the installed CODECS

Audio Player

Download links at bottom of page

AudioPlayer 0.8

Release Date: 05/02/2006
Release Status: Major Release Type: Freeware/Open Source


AudioPlayer does exactly what it says on the tin. It plays all your MP3, MP2, WAV, WMA, RAW, PCM, RIFF and AU media along with audio only ASF files.

AudioPlayer also utilizes streaming Internet media so you can listen to files from the net without changing applications.

Volume and file seeking controls allow you to find and listen to the best parts of the music at a sound level to suit you. A handy mute option also provides silence on demand without stopping the music.

AudioPlayer also has your computers' health and multi-tasking at heart. Taking up only 79 KB of hard disk space (even less on compressed NTFS drives) and typically using 50-90% less CPU power with 2 to 5 times less memory usage than Windows Media Player 10, AudioPlayer allows you to use your computers resources the way you want. Now there's more, you can minimize AudioPlayer into the system tray which removes the taskbar button freeing up precious real estate.

Wait, that's not all. After you've finished your work and listening to the best choons, you need to shutdown your computer in the time honoured way of going to the "Start" button. Not no more; Audioplayer has built in functions so at the click of just one button, you can log off, restart, or completely shut down your PC.

So what's the catch? Simple, there isn't one. Completely free and full functionality today, tomorrow, in 30 days, next year, forever.

Written in C and pure Win32. Required DirectX 6 or above

Supported Operating Systems: Win98, WinME, WinNT 3.x, WinNT 4.x, Windows 2000, WinXP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista/Longhorn

System Requirements: 166MHz Processor; 32MB RAM; Soundcard; Speakers; At least one music file,

DirectX 6 or above, Internet Explorer 4 or above

Install Support: Just unzip and go, no installation needed

Artisan Player

Artisan DVD/DivX Player is a DVD and DivX player, which utilizes Microsoft DirectX technology and supports almost all popular video, audio, and image formats.

It can play DVD and DivX files, supports AVI, MPEG, WMV, ASF, MP3, JPEG, and GIF formats.

Artisan DVD/DivXPlayer features screen capture functionality and can bookmark your necessary movie clip to the exact position.


Full Figured QCD - ~2.3MB
- MP3, Ogg, WAV, and CD support
- Full Speed CD Ripping
- Streaming audio support
- Skins and Plug-ins support
- Powerful Tag Editor
- Gracenote CDDB support
- Crossfading support
- Multiple visualizations


Cockroach Player

Cockroach is the multimedia (AVI,MPG,ASF) player that supports subtitles using popular text file formats (time, frame mode).

File formats acceptable by Cockroach Player

1. Time mode
0:00:20:This is the first line
0:00:27:This is the second line
0:00:40:This line | will be wrapped


00:01:20,This is the first line
00:01:27,This is the second line

2. Frame mode
{5436}{5480}This is the first line
{5510}{5550}This is the second line
{5580}{}This is the third line
{5634}{5690}This line | will be wrapped

For time/frame displacement use build-in option "Subtitle displacement".

Program allow users to define custom font color, size, subtitle hide delay, position of subtitle.

Available parameters :
Option -mMovie - load movie
Option -tText - load txt file
Option Play or PlayFullScreen - auto play

Cockroach Player

K-Lite Codec Pack Update

Publisher's Description:
K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of codecs and related tools. Codec is short for Compressor-Decompressor. Codecs are needed for encoding and decoding (playing) audio and video. This Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your movie files. You should be able to play all the popular movie formats and even some rare formats.

This update includes updates for the following components: BSPlayer, FLAC, x264, Gabest MPEG splitter and Gabest MPEG-1/2 decoder.

K-Lite Codec Pack has the following other editions available: K-Lite Codec Pack Basic, K-Lite Codec Pack Standard and K-Lite Codec Pack Full.

K-Lite Downloads

Alambik® McPlayer 1.52: Enables you to play Hyper Digital Videos (".HDV" files) and Alamgrams (".ALG" files) as well as ".MPEG", ".AVI", ".WMV", ".ASF" " and ".OGG". The Alambik McPlayer is set up with control buttons which allow you to interact on these linear productions (play, pause, stop, forward, rewind, skip to the desired track, etc.) You will find on this site the last release of the Alambik® MCPlayer developed from the recent porting of Alambik® Script 4.0 under the Windows operating systems (Win 95, 98, Millennium, NT, W2K, XP). Alambik® McPlayer 1.52: Enables you to play Hyper Digital Videos (".HDV" files) and Alamgrams (".ALG" files) as well as ".MPEG", ".AVI", ".WMV", ".ASF" " and ".OGG". The Alambik McPlayer is set up with control buttons which allow you to interact on these linear productions (play, pause, stop, forward, rewind, skip to the desired track, etc In just one quick download you will, in fact, get tree products: Alambik® McPlayer: Enables you to play multi-content audiovisual Net Music Videos and Net Episodes. The Alambik McPlayer is set up with control buttons which allow you to interact on these linear productions (play, pause, stop, forward, rewind, skip to the desired track, …)

Alambik Mc Player

K-Lite Mega Codec Pack

Updated BSplayer to version 1.39.829 (no adware!)
Updated x264 to rev. 439
Fixed FLAC playback
Updated FLAC to version 0.70.0827
Readded MainConcept MPEG audio decoder [version]
Readded MainConcept MPEG video decoder [version]
Readded MainConcept MPEG demuxer [version]

K Lite Mega Codec Pack

Fresh View is a multimedia browser that makes organizing image, audio and video files much easier. Use it to watch movies, listen to music, view graphics in a slide show, print, create an HTML album, and more. This software is 100% free, no ads, no spyware.

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