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The question of how you can find a good audio player that suits your needs is not an easy one to answer, since everyone has different opinions on what makes a music player great. Most likely there are several players out there that might suit you perfectly, but for some reason haven’t managed to make it in the top audio players list. We’ve created a top 10 audio players list, but keep in mind that it is only based on the opinion of our writers and other users who voted for their favorite players throughout the web.

Since there are countless websites out there with lists full of music players that claim to be the best, we decided to compile a short Top 10 list ourselves. We’ve also included some honorable mentions at the end of our list, in case you don’t agree with the order we put the players in.

We suggest that you read this article and comment about your own top audio player or share it with other users on forums and social networks. It should help you find a good music player based on our descriptions and how our visitors voted.

10. Windows Media Player 11

10. Windows Media Player 11

This music player is a direct successor to the previous version of WMP, which was one of the best media players around in its time. As expected from Microsoft’s products, Windows Media Player 11 can play back all your tunes with top quality and supports almost every media file out there.

It can play video and audio files, while also ripping CDs to MP3 or WMA. With numerous tools included for editing your music files, you can gain full control over all aspects of your media library.

The player is lightweight, offers lots of options for customization through skins or plug-ins, supports all the important formats with top sound quality, and doesn’t take up very much memory on your system. However, it does feel a bit slow and unresponsive at times.

If you’re looking for a simple music player that will play even the rarest file formats and support all major codecs, then WMP 11 is probably one of the best players out there. It’s easy to use and has got all the features you might need, but it may be slow on older systems.

Rating:

9/10 (Requires Windows XP SP2 or later)

Pros: Plays almost every format; Supports major codecs; Customizable with skins or plug-ins; Provides numerous tools for editing music files. Cons: Doesn’t feel very responsive at times.

9. AIMP 3

If you’re looking for a lightweight, simple music player that will play all your files with little to no effort on your part, then AIMP is the one for you. It’s compact and includes everything you need to listen to your music, in the form of a simple player style interface.

It doesn’t include multiple skins like most media players do, but it supports all popular formats and has very low system requirements (it’s playable even on Pentium II machines), while it isn’t resource-hungry either.

But don’t be fooled by its size or simple interface, since it’s one of the few audio players on our top list that can also play back video files. It comes with an equalizer and provides audio effects for better sound quality.

AIMP is ideal if you don’t want to mess around with dozens of options when all you really want to do is play your tunes – it’s lightweight, simple and plays almost every format there is.

Rating:

8/10 (Requires Windows XP SP2 or later)

Pros: Plays all the popular formats; Low system requirements; Compact interface; Supports video files. Cons: Doesn’t feel very responsive at times.

8. JetAudio Basic

8. JetAudio Basic

Here’s another lightweight music player that will play your files without hogging up all the memory on your machine. It’s designed to be simple and easy to use, but offers numerous customizations through skins or plug-ins (most of which are available for free).

JetAudio Basic includes a stand-alone audio CD ripper, an equalizer for tuning your sound, a CD-Burning tool and it supports all the major audio formats out there. It even comes with an Internet music database that will help you find lyrics or artwork if they’re missing from your files.

If you want a simple player that won’t overwhelm you with dozens of options and provides tools to manage all aspects of your audio files, then JetAudio Basic is definitely on of the best choices you can make.

Rating:

8/10 (Requires Windows XP SP2 or later)

Pros: Plays all the popular formats; Low system requirements; Supports skins and plug-ins; Provides tools for managing music collections. Cons: Doesn’t feel very responsive at times.

7. AIMP 2

This isn’t actually a new version of AIMP player, but it’s old enough to still be included in our top list (the newer versions are not as good). It has got everything you need to listen to your tunes, including support for video files, advanced skin customization options through skins or plug-ins, and it can even burn your favorite MP3s onto a CD.

It’s very light on system resources, so you don’t have to worry about your machine slowing down just because you have this player running in the background. It may not be as customizable as some other players out there, but its simplicity is what makes it great.

Rating:

8/10 (Requires Windows XP SP2 or later)

Pros: Plays all the popular formats; Supports skins and plug-ins; Low system requirements; Compatible with older versions of Windows. Cons: Doesn’t feel very responsive at times.

6. MusicBee

MusicBee is another lightweight player that doesn’t come with many options and displays a very simple interface, but it can play all your files and provides some advanced features that will improve your audio experience.

The app includes an equalizer, a CD ripper for creating MP3s from audio CDs, an Internet music database where you can download lyrics or album art if they’re missing from your files, and more importantly – it’s fully customizable through skins.

If you want a clean looking player that doesn’t include dozens of options you’ll never use, MusicBee is the one for you. It lacks some basic features available in other players on our list (like video playback), so it’s not suitable for everyone, but if all you need is a simple solution to listen to your tunes then this one is definitely for you.

Rating:

8/10 (Requires Windows XP SP2 or later)

Pros: Plays all the popular formats; Supports skins and plug-ins; Provides advanced features like an equalizer, CD ripper and more. Cons: Doesn’t feel very responsive at times.

5. Winamp

5. Winamp

Winamp is one of the most popular media players out there, mainly because it’s been around forever but it still provides users with all the tools they need to enjoy their music without forcing them to learn how to use complicated programs. It plays all your files, supports video playback, comes with a 10-band equalizer and enables you to create playlists using online services like YouTube or MySpace TV.

The program comes with some skins, but it’s basically window dressing and the app doesn’t feel very responsive at times. It also automatically adds new items to playlists so you’re unable to remove them unless you modify the files directly which can be a pain in the neck for some people.

Rating:

8/10 (Requires Windows XP SP2 or later)

Pros: Plays all the popular formats; Supports video playback; Provides advanced customization options through skins. Cons: Doesn’t feel very responsive at times; Automatically adds files to playlists which can be a pain in the neck if there are a lot of them.

4. Clementine

Clementine is one of the best music players out there and it’s easy to see why: it supports all the popular formats including OGG, FLAC and WMA and includes a 10-band equalizer with presets for different sound types.

The program can automatically play songs from folders you specify, create dynamic playlists depending on filters you choose, download missing tags from online services like last.fm and wikipedia, create smart playlists based on different filters (artist, album, duration) and much more.

If you’ve ever used Windows Media Player or any other similar application then Clementine will feel extremely familiar to you, since it uses the same layout with all the buttons in the same place, though its feature set is what sets this app apart from others like it.

Rating:

9/10 (Requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later; Multi-platform support offered via Mono; Runs natively on Linux using Wine) Pros: Plays all the popular formats; Supports tagging for artists and album name; Provides advanced customization options through skins Cons: Doesn’t provide lyrics integration

3. AIMP

AIMP is a very fast and lightweight audio player for Windows and it’s able to play all the popular formats (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPC / MP+, AAC, AC3, OGG, WAV – FLAC – Tag formats: APEv2, ID3v1/ID3v2) as well as some less common ones like Monkey’s Audio (.APE).

The program supports skins and plug-ins so you can expand its functionality if you deem that necessary and comes with a built-in equalizer that provides users with some presets but there are no options to configure it manually. It also includes a simple tag editor if you need to modify the ID3 tags and it supports most audio formats like MP3, WMA, OGG and others.

Rating:

8/10 (Requires Windows XP SP2 or later) Pros: Plays all the popular formats; Supports skins and plug-ins; Provides advanced customization options through skins Cons: Doesn’t provide lyrics integration; Doesn’t feel very responsive at times (albeit slightly better than Winamp).

2.MediaMonkey

MediaMonkey can also be used to manage your multimedia collection and currently supports most of the popular file types including WAV, FLAC, APE and MPC. It has a 10-band equalizer, enables you to create dynamic playlists, edit tags for your files and comes with a built-in Internet radio browser that lets you search for online stations.

Though it does support skins, MediaMonkey looks more like an advanced music manager than anything else because it displays all the information about the artist you’re currently playing on its front page instead of providing users with album art or song lyrics. It’s one of the best multimedia managers but not necessarily one of the best audio players out there, in our opinion.

Rating:

8/10 (Requires Windows XP SP2 or later) Pros: Can be used to manage your multimedia collection; Supports tags for artists and albums; Provides customization options through skins Cons: Doesn’t provide lyrics integration; Doesn’t feel very responsive at times (albeit slightly better than Winamp).

1.foobar2000

foobar2000 is a music player which can play all the popular file formats, including MP3, AAC, WMA and Vorbis. It also has support for other less popular ones like Opus Audio Codec (.OFR, .OGG), TTA Audio Codec (.TTA), True Audio codec (.TTA) and Windows Media Speech codec (.CSPROJ). Just like AIMP it’s able to handle tags in many different ways so you can use it even if your collection is not well organized.

In addition, foobar2000 comes with a built-in tag editor that enables you to modify ID3 tags without any other third party tools and it has support for skins and plug-ins like AIMP does. The program provides advanced configuration options and allows users to configure their keyboards and mouse buttons in order to control the player through hotkeys, which we think is an extremely useful feature.

Rating:

9/10 (Requires Windows XP SP2 or later; Multi-platform support offered via Wine; Supports tags for artists and albums) Pros: Can be used to manage your multimedia collection; Supports most file formats; Provides customization options through skins Cons: Doesn’t provide lyrics integration; Doesn’t feel very responsive at times (albeit slightly better than Winamp).