Free Windows Media Player Replacement for Watching Movies on Windows

Summary: Do you want to get a Windows Media Player replacement to play any video on Windows. Here tells you top 4 alternative to WMP. 

As we all know, Windows Media Player comes with Windows. But as a media player, WMP is not popular cause many people are searching for Windows Media Player alternative to watch movies on Windows.


Why We Need a Windows Media Player Replacement?

  • WMP lacks compatibility with both audio and video formats.
  • Since the release of Windows 8, you can no longer play DVDs with WMP unless you pay extra for an upgrade.
  • Many free alternatives can quite happily play the WMA format and the playlists you've already created.

So, if you're tired of Microsoft's aging media player or are having problems with it, then why not switch to an alternative that can replace Windows Media Player altogether?


Top 4 Alternatives to Windows Media Player


1.  VLC Media Player


If you're looking for a full-featured replacement for Microsoft's media player, then Video LAN's free multi-purpose player is a serious contender.


The amount of different formats that it supports out of the box is very impressive. And, as well as playing audio, video, and DVDs, this program allows you to do advanced things which aren't possible with WMP.


For instance, you can extract audio from video, convert between formats, and even set up your computer as a streaming media server. 


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2.  Foobar2000


When you just want an audio-only player then Foobar2000 is regarded as one of the best. On the surface, the program has quite a simplistic look. However, hidden under this interface is a very capable player.


Audio format support is excellent and it can also convert between formats using optional plug-ins. The program doesn't need much memory either compared to Windows Media Player which can be a real RAM hogger.


Foobar2000 also comes with advanced music tagging which can use the Freedb service to automatically add metadata. The program also has a built-in CD ripper for transferring your originals to digital music files. 


3.  Media Monkey Free


MediaMonkey is a flexible free music manager that is a great replacement for Windows Media Player. This program can be used to manage small or very large media libraries (50, 000+ files).


The free version has a great set of built-in tools for playing and managing audio and video. Format support is good too, providing you have the correct codecs installed on your system.


You can use MediaMonkey Free to automatically tag music files, add album art, Rip CDs, burn media to disc, and convert audio files. There's also a handy set of Podcast options that allow you to subscribe

and update your favorites. 


4.  MusicBee


If you are looking for a light-weight music player and don't need video features, then MusicBee has an impressive tally of audio-based tools.


The interface is easy to use and in some ways feels similar to Windows Media Player. The left pane gives you a quick way to choose music, podcasts, audiobooks, and radio. Another nice feature about MusicBee's GUI is that you can have multiple screens via menu tabs -- it's a bit like using a Web browser in fact.


As previously mentioned, MusicBee has a rich selection of audio options. Top of the list includes: extensive metadata tagging, podcast directory, audio format converter, secure CD ripping, and more.

MusicBee also comes with a CD ripper / burner if you need to import music or archive to disc.


Streaming music from Internet radio stations is easy to do too. At the time of writing, MusicBee supports several station directories such as IceCast, ShoutCast, Soma FM, and Xbox Music.

You also get built-in support for 'scrobbling' to And, with the Auto-DJ function it's possible to discover and create playlists based on your listening preferences.


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How to Play Any Video with Windows Media Player?


If you still prefer to use Windows Media Player but the video you are trying to watch is not supported; a workaround would be to convert the video into a format that Windows Media Player supports. Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate <Mac version> is just the right choice for you which supports almost all formats conversion on Windows(Windows 8 included).


- Convert H.265, MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV, VRO, TS, MXF, AVCHD, XAVC, VOB, etc to WMP.

- Rip Blu-ray and DVD to Windows Media Player for viewing.

- Compress 4K video to 1080p, 720p for WMP playing.

- Enables you to adjust video/audio codec, resolution, sample rate, frame rate, etc.

- Add subtitle to video, add watermarker, replace/remove audio from video, adjust aspect ratio, etc.

- Trim video footage, crop video black area, split video to several parts, merge fragment to a whole video.



What's more, it supports batch conversion so you can batch convert MKV, AVI, MP4, etc to WMP playable video.


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