If you’re still using Windows Media Player, it’s time to find an alternative. Although Media Player runs on Windows 10 and is still available to download from Microsoft (for now), it hasn’t been updated since 2009 and a future Windows update will probably see its demise.
Whether you prefer streaming, downloading, or playing media from a hard drive or disc, there’s a free alternative out there that will knock spots off the severely outdated Media Player.
The best players can handle a huge variety of audio and video formats, without the need to download additional codecs for the more esoteric file types you sometimes encounter online.
They also organize your media library, tagging songs and movies automatically, adding album art, and letting you edit metadata manually if necessary.
Plugins are a great advantage too, adding extra features and offering integration with online streaming services.
With so many factors to consider, choosing a new media player is no mean feat. That’s why we’ve rounded up the very best options available.
A true stalwart of the media playing software world, VLC Media Player’s reputation is unrivaled. Eschewing the fancy looks of more recent software, this is a program that focuses on getting the job done, and doing …read more