Saturday, August 11, 2007

Free Media Players.

Other than Windows Media Player, there are many other free multi-format media players which are packed with nifty features and compatible with many commonly used Operating Systems. The following are the more popular free Media Players in recent years :

VLC Media Player
By VideoLan, VLC media player is a free and highly portable multimedia player, encoder and streamer supporting many audio and video codecs and file formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It is able to stream over networks and to transcode multimedia files and save them into various different formats. It is one of the most platform-independent players available, with versions for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, BeOS, BSD, Windows CE, Linux, and Solaris, and is widely used with almost 30 million downloads. VLC is popular for its ability to play the video content of incomplete or damaged video downloads before the files have been fully downloaded as it is a packet-based player.

Quintessential Player
Quintessential Player is a free, multi-format Media player developed by Paul Quinn in 1997 and plays virtually any kind of audio or video media file. It supports video playback using external codecs, MP3, Ogg, WAV, and CD playback. A wide range of plug-ins and skins are also available which allows for the customization of the player interface.

A cross-platform media player by RealNetworks, RealPlayer plays a number of multimedia formats including MP3, MPEG-4, QuickTime, Windows Media and multiple versions of proprietary RealAudio and RealVideo formats. It is also packed with additional features like a media browser based on Internet Explorer which allows web browsing while playing media, theater mode video playback, looping of multiple songs and shuffle play.

Winamp 5

Winamp 5 offers rich features including music ripping, CD burning, MP3 encoding and supports many formats like MIDI, MOD, MP1, MP2, MP3, AAC, M4A, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WAV, WMA and Chiptunes. It is also an extendable and portable media player and offers device plug-ins for: Apple ipod, Creative NOMAD Jukebox and Microsoft PlaysForSure. It also allows access to many types of streaming media like Internet radio and television, AOL video and SHOUTcast, a podcast directory.

Developed by Apple, QuickTime is a multimedia framework capable of handling various formats of digital video, media clips, sound, text, animation, music, and several types of interactive panoramic images. Available for Classic Mac OS, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems, it provides essential support for software packages including iTunes, QuickTime Player (which can also serve as a helper application for web browsers to play media files that might otherwise fail to open) and Safari.

iTunes is a digital media player application by Apple for playing and organizing digital music and video files on your computer. The program is also an interface to manage the contents on Apple's popular iPod digital media players as well as the recently introduced iPhone. In addition, iTunes can connect to the iTunes Store in order to download purchased digital music, music videos, television shows, iPod games, audiobooks, various podcasts, and feature length films. iTunes is available as a free download for Mac OS X, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 2000 from Apple's website. It's interface makes it a joy to use even if you never buy a 99-cent song.

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