There are plethora of free media players available on the web sporting a wide range of features. While iTunes, Windows Media player, Winamp and alike are well-known, in this article, I’m compiling some of the interesting and free media players with a brief overview of their features. This list is going to be exciting, and we would love to see reactions from you about your favorite media player.
VLC media player
VLC media player is a portable multimedia player which supports most of the audio and video formats, without the need to download additional codecs. It can also be used as a streaming server and media converter. It is one of the popular media players and has holds some prolific features to intrigue the user.
GOM media player
GOM media player enables you to play any media files in an elegant interface. It has built-in codec and codec finder service. GOM media player has the ability to play broken/damaged AVI files. With its subtitle finder service, you can search and download subtitles directly from GOMâ€
With Songbird, you can search, sort, stream and sync media. It enables you to add Flickr images, YouTube videos, song lyrics, and blogs for every artist on your playlist. You can get recommendations on new artists based on the songs you like. Songbird automatically notifies you when your favorite artist or band comes to town, thereby making it easier for you to keep track of your favorite artists.
Amarok, one of the prolific media players, has recently released its new version 2.2.2. Amarok mainly focuses on integration of web services last.fm, mp3tunes, echonest, Jamendo and other related services etc., Amarok sports features like dynamic playlists, bookmarking, multiple language translation, effectively organizing your music collection with tags, renaming them etc., to suit your needs.
Banshee 1.5.3 has been released recently. It’s a solid media player with effective device and video support. It lets you download and stream audio and video podcasts. You can queue podcasts, videos and songs on the fly. You might want to read more about it here.
As aTunes runs on Java programming language, it works on all the platforms. It enables users to effectively organize songs and rip audio CDs. aTunes has an equalizer, online radio support, shuffle and repeat options. One can view music categorized by album, artist and genre in a hierarchy tree, or by folders. You can also connect your portable media player and mount it as a file system to synchronize and play songs on aTunes.
Media Jukebox is another popular media player with some intriguing features.Â It lets you connect your iPod or a portable media player, synchronize and play music. You can rip, burn and encode songs to multiple formats. Media JukeboxÂ also includes audio effects, option to print CD labels, effective tagging system to organize your music library etc.,
Rhythmbox is another fabulous music player which is free and, designed to work for the GNOME environment. Some of its key features are support for most of the well know audio formats, support for internet radio like last.fm, ability to transfer music between PC and iPod or other portable media players. Rhythmbox displays album art and lyrics of the song from the web. You can automatically download audio podcasts. And, browse and download albums from Magnatune and Jamendo.