Media Player Suggestions

Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by usedto, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. usedto

    usedto Lunatic Member

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    Bought wifey a new laptop for Christmas, and I inherited her Acer Aspire S3 just to load my MP3's on. Got it done, but the Windows Media Player keeps starting and stopping. Checked online, and the "fix" is to un-install it, then re-install it, which I did. No dice. Still stops now and then.

    A quick check online, and it seems that VLC is pretty popular for a free download. Any experience/suggestions? It's just for occasional use.

    Thanks.
     
  2. RTally

    RTally Member

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    I've used VLC for years. I use it for both video and music. I am listening to it now. It is running on a MacPro connected to my Pioneer SX-60 that is driving a pair of Maggie MMGs. I have a wireless keyboard that allows me to control volume and pause/skip the music.

    When I used Windows, I used WinAmp. It had a small footprint and easy to use. WinAmp sold out to a big company a few years ago. I don't know if it still worth a flip, but it was one of the best 15 years ago. My, how time flies.
     
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  3. jcg1112

    jcg1112 Active Member

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    I’ve been using both Music Bee and Media Monkey to play back my ripped CD’s. No issues with either one and they are free. I used Jriver media center’s free trial and really liked it. Just haven’t decided yet if I want to pay to play. I’ve downloaded VLC but haven’t played with it yet. Decisions, decisions....
     
  4. Brianito

    Brianito Active Member

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    I use VLC for video and foobar2000 for music. Have done for years now.
     
  5. slow_jazz

    slow_jazz Lunatic Member

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    Is the laptop on Windows 10??

    WMP in Windows 10 is a lot better and can rip and play FLAC files.
     
  6. JoeESP9

    JoeESP9 ESL's & tubes since 83

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    Music Bee or Media Monkey for audio. VLC for video.
     
  7. mgosdin

    mgosdin Well-Known Member

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    VLC for Audio & Video, WMP on Win10 is quite nice, does a very good job as a ripper.

    Mark Gosdin
     
  8. JoeESP9

    JoeESP9 ESL's & tubes since 83

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    For ripping I use either EAC (Exact Audio Copy) or FREAC (Free Audio Converter).
     
  9. audiomagnate

    audiomagnate Addicted Member

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    Twonky/BubbleUPnP works for me.
     
  10. rwartner

    rwartner Super Member

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    Don't know why WMP would be doing that. JRiver offers a month free trial. I would try that to see if it works better. I would try to figure out if it is a computer problem or a WMP problem. I used WMP for years and it works fine, but my library got big and JRiver handles that better.
     
  11. Poinzy

    Poinzy Super Member

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    I use VLC. I don't know if it's the best media player, but I like it better than WMP.
     
  12. orsen

    orsen just another old cheapskate that likes audio Subscriber

    vlc plays any media you throw at it
    as long as the media is not damaged
     
  13. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

    I prefer JRiver - it is all personal preference.

    The OP needs to try it all and find the one he can live with. Some are plug and play other are plug and pray (foobar comes to mind).
     
  14. orsen

    orsen just another old cheapskate that likes audio Subscriber

    i also prefer jriver and a paid use

    my system uses both
    i set vlc to play her mp3's and all video files thru the avr
    my all my lossless is set to go thru jriver
    i did have to choose file types for both players to do this tho .... not hard ... just takes a minute
    both apps allow choosing the source so if i want a couple clicks and flac goes to avr
    and her stuff goes stereo ..

    this makes it easy for my GF.... anything she wants goes to the avr via hadmi
    when i turn my stuff on, windows,jriver see my usb dac .... and sends there

    i used foobar for the longest time,eventually it screwed up and i could not get to sound the way it used too.
    i know many like foobar, but for me in the end i decided it was too much configuring,too many authors writing add on's and pluggins.
    never being sure if you had the latest and greastest or new and old that conflicted.

    jriver solved all that

    i havnt tried musicbee but many seem to like it too
     
  15. halkaloogie

    halkaloogie That Jerk Subscriber

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    I completely agree
     
  16. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

    I use JRiver for Video also - it has a nice Theatre view :D
     
  17. blownsi

    blownsi AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I really like VLC but make sure that you get the volume control set to the correct level. For some weird reason a full bar is approximately 125% volume causing all sorts of distortion.
     
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  18. fleksta

    fleksta AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I use Music Bee for audio & MPC-HC (K-Lite Codec pack) for video.
     

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