Best Music Players for Windows

Basic information

music headphones iconThere are tons of music and multimedia players available on the market to cater the needs for almost any user. Their basic features are usually the same with something little extra that makes them distinguished and of course their unique style and user interface.

One could say they are not that different from each other and it is just matter of style. So let's take a peak on current best, or top if you wish, music players available on the market. Most have free versions with some also offering better commercial one for power users.

Here is a list of some of the currently most popular, most downloaded and otherwise great media players. They are not sorted in any way, because really they are all great on their own.

List of popular media players


MediaMonkey website

You can't go wrong with MediaMonkey. It offers plenty of customization and it is not hard to understand even for a newbie computer user. It also offers some advanced features like synchronization with mobile devices, music libraries, or many plugins and skins that can really turn it to a music player powerhouse.

MediaMonkey music player screenshot


Winamp website

The venerable Winamp. Still used by many, not because it offers great features but because of it's sentimental value. For many people it was their very first music player and they are reluctant to change it for something never. It still offers decent playback capabilities and file type support, but lacks advanced functions found in modern media players.

Winamp screenshot

VLC player

VLC player website and download

Although not a dedicated music player, it works well for everything. Great if you just want something that can playback everything and do not care much about individual features. It's a superb overall multimedia player and a choice for many, because it's really newbie friendly.

VLC player screenshot

Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player download

Another choice used by many, especially those who do not want to install any 3rd party products and are happy with the stuff provided by Microsoft. You might experience problems with codecs, so you will have to install some codec pack like, but the latest versions should be already self-sufficient.

Windows media player screenshot

Helium Music Manager

Helium Music Manager download

Helium Music manager is a really nice one in all package. It is not just a music player, but also has some syncing, converting, tagging, ripping or burning capabilities. It is ideal for people that need lots of things to do with their music, but not focus solely on single area. It's free so trying it won't harm anyone.

Helium Music Manager screenshot

Apple iTunes for Windows

iTunes download

Every iOS users knows this program as they need it. It is a central multimedia hub for all Apple junkies. It works decently as music player with lots of syncing and music library managing capabilities. It is not spectacular in any way, but since Apple customers need it anyway, they might not want to use any other media player.

iTunes screenshot


MusicBee download

Great about MusicBee is that its light. I mean, it's small, quick, easy to learn, not much complicated and works fine. It is an excellent choice for anyone who just needs something simple. With every new version more and more features are added, so eventually it might turn out as really great music player.

MusicBee software

Related software and links:

Apple iTunes for Windows icon

Apple iTunes for Windows    Microsoft Windows platform
Multimedia file manager and library for Apple users

Helium Music Manager icon

Helium Music Manager    Microsoft Windows platform
A music library management program - renamed to Helium (version 12) and replaced in 2016

MediaMonkey icon

MediaMonkey    Microsoft Windows platform
A digital media player and library

Microsoft Windows Media Player icon

Microsoft Windows Media Player    Microsoft Windows platform
The default multimedia player from Microsoft Windows

VLC media player icon

VLC media player    Microsoft Windows platform
One of the most popular multi-platfom multimeda player

Winamp icon

Winamp    Microsoft Windows platform
One of the first Windows media players used by masses


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flac - Audio files encoded by Flac - free lossless audio codec

mp3 - Compressed audio and music file, mp3 songs or ringtones

mp4 - MPEG-4 video file format

wav - WAVe PCM Sound, standard Windows sound format

wma - Windows Media Audio file

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