Audio players for WindowsPopular audio players for Windows
With so many devices and screen sizes nowadays, you might find yourself using different audio players in different situations. Nowadays on the PC, I keep coming back to AIMP. It has tons of features and customization options, great functionality, and some amazing skins from the community.
For a tablet device, Groove is pretty good. Its simplistic touch-and-play layout doesn't amaze, but it is functional, works well in Windows 10, and works well with Cortana, too.
Some audiophiles swear by foobar2000 and nothing else. But with an emphasis on audio and less on looks, its minimalistic UI is not for everyone. If you want to take up the whole screen (or two), you might really like the UI of Kodi (originally XBMC). It's great visualizations really light up a room and remind me of the MilkDrop plugin from the Winamp days.
Here's a selection of popular audio players for Windows. They're in no particular order. Feel free to recommend other audio players for Windows in the comments!
AIMP is my current go-to audio player for the PC. The features, functionality, and customization options are second to none, and some of the skins available from the community are amazing.
Groove Music is the audio player included with Windows 10. Its simple UI works well with touchscreens, and music playback can be easily controlled with Cortana. I'm not sure how committed Microsoft is to improving Groove Music though. On October 2, 2017, Microsoft announced that it would be shutting down the Groove Music Pass streaming service, and removed all music for purchase from the Windows Store on December 31, 2017.
Dopamine is a simple to use audio player for Windows 7, 8.x or 10. It's easy to manage large music collections and it can play wav, mp3, ogg vorbis, flac, wma, ape, opus and m4a/aac files. It also has options for a light or dark theme, or your default Windows colour.
foobar2000 is an advanced audio player for PCs. The minimal UI might not be for everyone, but many audiophiles swear by it and nothing else. If you're only about the audio, then look no further.
VLC media player
VLC media player, recently updated to 3.0.1, is a well-known, free and open-source media player. VLC is popular for its ability to be able to play many multimedia file types, including Blu-Ray (which Windows 10 can't play out of the box), 360 video and audio, Chromecast streaming, and 4K and 8K playback. It comes with enough audio and video codecs, so you should be able to play most typical audio and video files (which you might find online). If you want DVD playback, download the desktop version from videolan.org, and not the version from the Microsoft Store.
Winamp was a favourite PC audio player for many Windows users, but it has been out of development for a long time. On October 19, 2016, it was suggested that a new Winamp public beta could be on the way, but I don't think that's going to happen. It would be great news for Winamp fans, though, if they haven't already moved on to the likes of AIMP. You can still get the old and original Winamp below.
Windows Media Player
The trusty old Windows Media Player is still included with most versions of Windows, and why not? It still does a good job. Recently, however, Microsoft is encouraging people to use Groove, for music, or the Movies & TV app, for video.
MusicBee is a simple audio player for finding, organizing and playing music files on your PC. Be sure to try out different skins and spend some time tuning the UI to your needs.
Kodi® is a free and open-source media player for Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android. Its large UI is perfect for that full-screen experience like TVs with remote controls, etc.
ACG Media Player
ACG Media Player is a universal media player for Windows 10 PCs, tablets, and phones. It has a simple UI and very nice visual effects. It's definitely worth a try! You can get it now from the Windows Store.
Download: ACG Media Player (Windows Store) (Free, paid upgrade available)
Easily sync content to your iPod or iPhone, available for Mac or PC - iTunes is the well-known very popular media player from Apple.
MediaMonkey is a very capable audio player, ideal for organizing very large music collections. The non-default skins are nice, and there are many ways to customize the UI and show your file information.
So, these are some of the more popular audio players for Windows. I'm not sure if there really will be another version of Winamp, as it seems to have taken too long, and there are other great audio player options nowadays. So for now, it's AIMP for me. How about you? Let me know about any audio players for Windows you think should be listed on this page.