With the normalization of music streaming platforms, many people have put MP3s aside. However, there is still a large redoubt of hardened music lovers who continue to store their music collection on the hard drive of the computer, with a library meticulously ordered and made over the years.
Top 10 Music Players for Windows
Today's post is dedicated to all these people: the best and most complete music players to listen to our favorite albums without having to be connected to the Internet, with equalizers and all kinds of adjustments so that the sound flows crystal clear. Let's go there!
Free music player for the most music lovers, capable of managing more than 500,000 songs with hardly any mess. A player designed for get the most out of your PC hardware, including high-end sound cards and surround sound equipment.
It also has continuous playback, eliminating silences between song and song, with the possibility of adding silences or gradual fades at the end of each track, synchronization with last.fm, volume normalization or experimenting with the equalizer. It is compatible with almost any existing audio format and allows you to convert files with great ease. Among other interesting points, it is worth mentioning that it also has an app for Android to control MusicBee remotely, as well as support for Winamp plugins.
Dopamine is an open source audio player with a design reminiscent of other Microsoft products. It has a smooth and easy-to-use interface and lots of customization options. The player supports a large number of formats, including the MP4, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AAC, WAV, APE and OPUS among others. Among its features are automatic meta-tags, lyrics in real time, last.fm scrobbling and a wide range of others. Some of its functionalities require the use of Windows 10 to get the most out of them.
At the feature level MediaMonkey is very similar to MusicBee. It does not have synchronization with last.fm, although it is compatible with podcasts and audiobooks, and it can be configured to download our favorite podcasts for us.
It is capable of supporting up to 100,000 songs and playlists, allows you to tag songs, has automatic song identification and even has automatic tag correction, which is great for organizing poorly or poorly tagged libraries. It also has other interesting functions such as Auto DJ, audio synchronization and recording for amateur musicians, "party mode", audio export and portable installation. Definitely one of the best free music players for Windows.
Like any good music player worth its salt, AIMP makes it very easy to classify our library, even if we have a completely messy music collection, in different formats, folders or with incomplete / non-existent metadata. With AIMP we can rip CDs (with track digitization and automatic tag form), it is compatible with many formats although it also offers additional encoders for those really strange formats, as well as add-ons created by the users themselves.
Among its most prominent plugins we find an extension for YouTube with which we can create playlists from various videos, and even a plug-in to play streaming content from SoundCloud and an extension to control the player remotely. As an extra, when installing it, it also allows you to choose between the standard version and the portable version (perfect for carrying the program on a USB stick).
Winamp is one of the hallmarks of the 90s, when MP3 was rampant on all those Windows computers. The "grandfather" of free audio players has a lightweight and fully customizable design thanks to the hundreds of skins that are available for the application.
With Winamp we can create and organize our local library, create playlists, a wide support for all kinds of formats, data synchronization with the smartphone and even a web browser to visit Internet pages without having to leave the player.
Another of the most outstanding players in recent years. Foobar2000 is capable of reproducing practically anything we throw at it: from MP3, via WMA, Musepack, Speex and other formats even more obscure thanks to its numerous plugins.
It has an integrated transcoder, support for Unicode, labels and seamless playback. Besides this, it also includes other cool things like the ReplayGain function, audio extraction and conversion (perfect for digitizing our old music CDs). The interface is completely customizable, and even today the program continues to receive updates, which shows that the Foobar2000 project is more alive than ever.
VLC is something like the Swiss army knife of media players: it does everything and plays almost any format you throw at your face. We can find it in Windows under two different formats: one is the Microsoft Store version for PCs, tablets and Xbox One; the other is the desktop app of a lifetime.
Although most use Spotify as a streaming service, the truth is that its desktop version is also an excellent music player for PC. Not only is it a great source to listen to music online, it also works as a local audio file player (to enable it we must go to "Settings" and activate the "Show local files" tab).
Once we have logged in, the application allows us to see the activity of our friends in the right area of the screen, and of course it has all the functionalities that we already know from its version for Android or iOS. What's more, it allows you to play selected songs, instead of the typical random play that comes standard in its free version for mobile phones. It also has a disadvantage, and that is that being oriented to streaming playback does not have as many functionalities for local music as other players that we see in this list.
Probably the best free hi-res music player. If we have a Hi-Fi equipment and we want to exploit its possibilities, this software transforms our PC into a music player that we can control from our mobile. Hysolid is capable of playing almost any format in high definition: compatible with PCM, WAV and FLAC audio up to 384KHz, as well as DSD from 2.8MHz to 11.2MHz in DSF format. It also allows us to see the operating mode of the USB DAC we are using, it is compatible with ASIO and WASAPI drivers and is able to tell us if the playback is "bit perfect". Little more could you ask for.
We end the list with another HD music player for Windows. Unlike the rest of the programs that we have mentioned, in this case we are not facing a free application but a premium one (its price is $ 99), although yes, it is full of functionalities. Supports high resolution formats such as FLAC or DSD. Amarra Luxe is also a good alternative to play hi-res music in streaming, and it allows sonchronization with platforms such as Tidal or Qobuz. If you are looking for an application that allows you to control all your music from one place, this is probably one of the best options you can find on the market today.
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As the final icing, don't forget to take a look at THIS ANOTHER POST to discover some of the best apps to play local music on Android, such as Stellio or Pulsar, among others.You have Telegram installed? Receive the best post of each day on our channel. Or if you prefer, find out everything from our Facebook page.