Looking for a free media player? If you’ve been searching the web for more than five minutes, your head is probably spinning. With so many options on the market, it’s hard to know which will be right for you. Some are great all-purpose players and others have specific strengths. Some are extremely feature oriented and others are light and fast. Well, we’ve narrowed the vast selection down to three of our favorites. Here’s the skinny on each of them.
uPlayer Media Player
uPlayer is the easy-to-use, no gimmicks media player made with you in mind. uPlayer does exactly what you need it to do, fast: plays all videos and DVD’s with no hassle, no add-ons and no extra downloads! Watch TV shows, movies, music videos and more.
It’s sleek design and simple functions are what make uPlayer so popular. Start watching movies the easy way today.
iLivid Download Manager
iLivid download manager lets users download hosted files. iLivid includes XBMC plug-ins that let users play many popular audio and video formats, in any available protocol and in any media type: streaming, CDs, DVDs and RAR and archived files from your hard-drive. With iLivid, you can watch any video format and download videos from popular file-hosting Web site. iLivid’s Download Manager lets you start watching videos immediately without having to wait for the downloading to be completed.
iLivid offers you an improved download experience with these great features: a bundled VLC Streamer; support for all popular video formats; an online video downloader that offers one-click downloading from popular file-hosting sites; convert and save videos from streaming-video sites easily and quickly; built-in Accelerators to start watching video seconds into the downloading process–download at optimal speed with downloading capacity of up to 12 accelerators; XBMC Plug-ins support–manage all the digital media channels and watch videos in any format and in any available protocol. iLivid is completely free–there is no registration process required.
VLC Media Player
When you’re looking for an open-source freeware media player with the ability to play more file types than most of the competition, you might be looking to download VLC. Unlike most freeware options, VLC Media Player is frequently updated and is constantly updating its feature list with improvements submitted by its enormous user-base, that also happens to include many programmers (isn’t that convenient?). If you used VLC Media Player in the past, don’t think you know what it’s all about these days. This is one media player that is constantly evolving. So, go ahead and give it another try.
Flash video players don’t get much simpler than FLVPlayer, so if you’re really just looking for something that will play flash videos and nothing else, the FLVPlayer may just be for you. On the other hand, if you like bells and whistles, this might not be the player for you. As almost any Windows user will attest, Macromedia does not provide anything that allows you to easily preview FLV files. If that’s what you need, and you need it for free, this is your player.
Media Player Classic
This is another freeware program that essentially serves the same purpose as VLC Media Player, and many others, which serves to illustrate how competitive this market really is. The best thing about this particular player is that it’s lightweight and quick to load. Windows Media Player users love this player because it has almost the exact same look and feel with tons of added features. MPC can also be used as a Media Player Classic Home Theater. It’s also extremely customizable, so it can likely be molded to suit your needs.