10 best players for Windows ♫ (for MP3, FLAC and other music)

Good day everyone!

Almost every user, whether on a work computer or home, plays music on it from time to time.

But you can listen to music in different ways - and in many ways, the convenience and sound quality depend on the chosen turntable... This is probably why there is such a wide variety of audio players now, and controversy often flares up which one is the best ...

In this article I will give your TOP-10 music players that I considered the best (but I will not choose the best one 👌).


1) If you need a turntable video - see this collection.

2) Windows Meadia Player, which is included by default in Windows, I do not take into account in this article (although the player, in my opinion, is not very bad).

3) By the way, it has nothing to do with any of the authors of the programs below ... 👀


♫ Turntables - top 10!

Aimp 👍

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Excellent "omnivorous" free audio player. It is rightfully considered one of the leaders of the niche and enjoys enormous popularity.

Screenshot of the main window

Main advantages:

  • support for a huge number of formats (almost all audio files: .CDA, .AAC, .AC3, .APE, .DTS, .FLAC, .IT, .MIDI, .MO3, .MOD, .M4A, .M4B, etc. .;
  • sound output: DirectSound / ASIO / WASAPI / WASAPI Exclusive;
  • 32-bit audio processing allows you to achieve the best sound quality;
  • built-in Internet radio (moreover, there is a function of recording radio in various formats);
  • automatic rating of the songs you listen to (based on them, you can then independently collect your TOP of the best compositions);
  • Convenient equalizer + built-in sound effects: reverb, flanger, chorus, etc. The ability to normalize the volume level;
  • the ability to copy CDs;
  • a bunch of various modules, skins and plugins: they will allow you to change your player and increase its capabilities;
  • the ability to customize "hot" keys;
  • Russian language support in full! And much more...

In general, the player deserves attention and recommendations for acquaintance to absolutely everyone who is looking for an audio player.

Foobar 2000 👍

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A powerful media player that was created by one of the developers of WinAmp itself! The main feature of this player: its low system requirements with high functionality (in no way inferior to other popular players).

Foobar 2000 - playing a song

Key features:

  • support for all popular music formats: MP3, WAV, AIFF, VOC, AU, SND, Ogg Vorbis, MPEG-4 AAC, FLAC, OggFLAC, Monkey's Audio, and many others;
  • support for RAR, ZIP archives - they can also be unpacked on the fly (during playback);
  • very low system requirements;
  • very high quality sound (provided thanks to special audio encoders + 64-bit audio processing);
  • ReplayGain technology (if you have files with different volume levels, then they will be played at the same level);
  • database of audio files (plugins for working with the database - Album List, dbSearch, etc.);
  • and much more.


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Media player for playing music and movies from Apple. Free for OS X and Windows platforms.

The player, in addition to its main task, allows you to create your own library of media files. The player provides file synchronization with Apple devices. The player, I want to note, supports all popular audio formats, in addition, it allows you to watch streaming video (broadcasts).

iTunes for Windows

In addition, iTunes contains a built-in store that gives you access to a variety of music tracks (you will always be aware of new items). iTunes can analyze your tastes and then suggest similar music based on your interests.



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One of the most popular (over 100 million users worldwide!) And the oldest (over 15 years) music players.

Many of the innovations in Winamp have become mandatory attributes of any other audio player.

By the way, a lot of "skins" (covers), plugins and add-ons have been released for Winamp - so the player can be customized for a variety of tasks!

WinAmp Player

Main advantages:

  • creating your own library of music files;
  • support for most audio formats (including flac);
  • a wide variety of covers (from the simplest ones that do not load the system to quite resource-intensive ones);
  • a huge number of settings and parameters - each user will be able to customize the program for himself;
  • full support of the Russian language;
  • the ability to create your own playlists;
  • fine-tuning the sound: equalizer, various sound shades, etc.;
  • and many many others.


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Multifunctional player for audio and video files. It differs, first of all, from many other players - by the point sound adjustment, which allows you to achieve excellent sound on almost any sound card (note: the highest quality for a given hardware) .

JetAudio / main program window

Main advantages:

  • support for all popular audio formats: .wav, .mp3, .ogg, .flac, .m4a, .mpc, .tta, .wv, .ape, .mod, .spx, etc .;
  • very high quality sound: there are "improvements" in the form: BBE, BBE ViVA, Wide, Reverb, X-Bass. Also, the player (unlike many others) reproduces 32-bit sound;
  • 10-band equalizer (+32 preset settings for it);
  • the ability to encode music from one format to another (the ability to copy CDs);
  • the ability to search and listen to radio stations on the Internet, etc.

In general, the player can be recommended, first of all, to those who are not satisfied with the sound quality.

For novice users may be somewhat confused by the lack of a wide variety of covers, the absence of the Russian language (* not in all versions), and a small number of visual effects. Although, is it all necessary when listening to music ?!

Winyl Player

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A simple, free and easy-to-use player that plays all popular audio formats: MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC, M4A, MPC, APE, FLAC, etc.

The program is distinguished, first of all, by low system requirements and high playback quality. You can also add the presence of "smart" automatic lists: top 50 (based on your interests), play random tracks, select tracks with high ratings, etc.

I will also note the super-convenient work with hotkeys: they will work even when the program is minimized to the tray (i.e. you can switch tracks while in the game or working with documents).

Winyl player

Main advantages:

  • a convenient library formed from your tracks on your PC hard drive (by the way, the library is generated automatically when you first start the player);
  • availability of "smart" lists: random 50 tracks, top 50, random albums, etc .;
  • the ability to work with playlists with a huge number of files (up to 100 thousand - other players will simply freeze);
  • extremely convenient and laconic design: everything you need is on the left in the column and you can quickly switch program sections with the mouse (radio, genres, playlists);
  • convenient equalizer: there are preset settings for listening to different genres of music;
  • high-quality sound (there are special parameters for adjusting the sound for almost any hardware);
  • extremely low system requirements (can be compared with Foobar 2000!);
  • convenient hotkeys that work even if the program is minimized;
  • Russian language support, Windows 7, 8, 10 (32/64 bits) and much more!

In general, despite the fact that the player is not yet as famous as the previous ones, it leaves an extremely positive impression. I definitely recommend you to get acquainted with it and use it!


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Unlike the previous one, this is a very simple player, you don't even need to install it (just download the selected archive and extract it, then run the APlayer.exe file) .

It has a very simple design (I would even say outdated), low system requirements.Allows you to open and listen to formats: WAV, FLAC, APE, WavPack, ALAC, AIFF, TAK, MP3, MP4, OGG, MPC, OPUS, Audio-CD, SACD, DVD-A.

Album player - main window

It is also worth noting that the most important thing in the player is a fairly high-quality sound: the program implements direct output of the audio stream from the audio format decoder to the output device.

This eliminates intermediate processing and mixing, which ensures accurate sound reproduction. The following output modes are supported: ASIO, Kernel Streaming, WASAPI.

The player works in Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10.


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A player that was originally developed for Liniux. Now it is also available for Windows. It is a multifunctional player that supports all major audio formats, as well as: flac, lossless, CUE, 5000+ radio stations, online music.

By the way, the player has integration with and VKontakte!

Foobnix - main window

Main advantages:

  1. support for a huge number of audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, OGG, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, etc .;
  2. convenient equalizer for adjusting the sound;
  3. the ability to convert from one audio format to another. Supported formats: mp3, ogg, mp2, ac3, m4a, wav;
  4. music library support: conveniently and quickly allows you to manage your music tracks;
  5. built-in internet radio (two clicks - and you can listen!);
  6. the ability to create your own playlists;
  7. integration with VK and Last.FM;
  8. hotkey support;
  9. fairly low system requirements;
  10. convenient and lightweight interface that can be changed beyond recognition!


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XMPlay is a very simple audio player that is less than 1 MB in size (the program does not even need to be installed to work)!

The player provides good sound quality, has many settings (for example, 9-band equalizer, 32/64 bit sound output, a bunch of additional covers, plug-ins, etc.).

XMPlay - interface

Many users criticize this program for its interface. I agree that the interface of the program leaves much to be desired, and for the entire time of its existence, it seems, has never changed!

True, it is worth making a reservation right away that a lot of additional "skins" and covers have been created - which means that you can always change it to a more attractive and modern one (for a novice user, it may not be very convenient!).

The player works fine in the basic configuration, but if you need additional. function - you will need to download plugins (by the way, there are quite a few of them and you can significantly expand the capabilities of the player).

XMPlay supports all major audio formats: MP3; OGG; MP2; MP1; WMA; WAV; CDA; MO3; IT; XM; S3M; MTM; MOD; UMX and also works with PLS / M3U / ASX playlists. In general, if you are looking for a simple and lightweight player, I recommend XMplay for review!

Bug head emperor

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Most of the players are similar to each other, and only a few of them are clearly different from the rest ...

One of these applications is a music player Bug head emperor from Japanese programmer Hiroyuki Yokota.

The design of the program can plunge into SHOCK, but do not immediately give up on the program without trying it!

Despite the unusual design, the program is distinguished by excellent and high-quality sound, the possibility of portable installation (i.e., you can, for example, drag the program on a USB flash drive ...).

BugHead - unusual interface

High quality sound is achieved thanks to the original Bug head technology (there is no such thing anymore in any other program!).

Its essence is roughly the following: the audio file is converted into raw RAW format with its subsequent processing by special. sound optimization algorithm, among which there are such as Green, Galax and Star.

Since all these transformations take place "on the fly" - all this requires a fairly powerful computer, not lower than Intel Core i3 and 4 GB of RAM.

The player supports all popular audio formats, including mp3, aac, ogg, wav, flac and wma.

Brief summary: If you have a powerful modern computer and you are not satisfied with the sound quality, I recommend giving Bug head Emperor a try.


That's all for me.

For additions on the topic - a separate merci.

Good luck to all!


First publication: 12/28/2016

Correction: 01/05/2020