Audio Players for WindowsThe original and most popular audio players for Windows
With so many devices and screen sizes nowadays, you might find yourself using different audio players for different scenarios. For the PC, a favorite audio player for lots of people for many years - was Winamp, but development for Winamp stopped.
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, I also like Groove. 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 I want to take up the whole screen, or 2 screens, I really like the UI of Kodi (originally XBMC). In its size, it reminds me of the old Windows Media Center, and it's great visualizations really light up a room and remind me of enjoying the fullscreen MilkDrop visualizations in the Winamp days.
So, show me the audio players already!
This page includes most of the more popular audio players for Windows. They're shown in no particular order.
Groove Music is the audio player included with Windows 10. Its simple UI works well with touchscreens, and music playback can also be controlled with Cortana. I'm not sure how committed Microsoft is to improving Groove Music, though now. On October 2, 2017, Microsoft announced that it will be shutting down the Groove Music Pass streaming service and remove all music for purchase from the Windows Store by December 31, 2017.
Winamp was a favorite 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 true at the moment. It would be great news for Winamp fans, though. You can still get the old and original Winamp here.
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.
Kodi® is a free and open source media player for Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android. Its large UI is perfect for TVs with remote controls. Get Kodi.
VLC Media Player
VLC Media Player is an open source cross-platform media player. Play audio, video, CDs, DVDs, or stream from various sources. Many add-ons are available.
ACG Media Player
ACG Media Player is a universal media player for Windows 10 PC, tablet, and phone. It has a simple UI and very nice visual effects.
Easily sync content to your iPod or iPhone, available for Mac or PC - iTunes is the very popular media player from Apple. Get iTunes.
MediaMonkey is a great 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. Get MediaMonkey.
Clementine has been around since 2010, so it's newer than many of the players here. It's available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Get Clementine.
So there you have it. The more popular original audio players for Windows. I'm not sure if there really will be another version of Winamp, as it seems to be taking too long. So for now, it's AIMP for me.
Which audio players for Windows do you prefer and why?