Music players for Windows PC Archives

Music players for Windows PC Archives

music players for Windows PC Archives

music players for Windows PC Archives

Comparison of audio player software

Name Author First public release Latest stable version Cost Software licenseBased frameworkWritten in AIMPAIMP DevTeam August 8, 2006Windows: v4.60, build 2177 (February 24, 2020; 6 months ago (2020-02-24)[1]) [±]

Android: v3.01, build 972 (March 22, 2020; 5 months ago (2020-03-22)[2]) [±]

Free ProprietaryBASS audio library (decoder) DelphiAmarokMark Kretschmann June 1, 20032.9 (March 7, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-03-07)) [±]Free GPLv2via Phonon: GStreamer, xine, MPlayer, VLC, DirectShow, QuickTimeC++AqualungTom Szilagyi et al. January 1, 20060.9beta11 January 30, 2013; 7 years ago (2013-01-30)Free GPLv2 or laterCaTunesAlex Aranda et al. January 1, 20063.1.2 (June 22, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-06-22)) [±]Free GPLv2JavaAudaciousAudacious Development Team October 30, 20054.0.5 (July 10, 2020; 2 months ago (2020-07-10)[3]) [±]Free BSD XMMS based C, C++ (GTK+) BansheeAaron Bockover February 17, 20052.6.2 (February 18, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-02-18)[4]) [±]Free MIT GStreamer C# ClementineClementine Team February 22, 20101.3.1 (April 19, 2016; 4 years ago (2016-04-19)) [±]Free GPL GStreamer C++ (Qt) cmusTimo Hirvonen January 18, 20052.8.0 (January 29, 2019; 19 months ago (2019-01-29)) [±]Free GPL C CogVincent Spader May 1, 20060.07 (December 24, 2007; 12 years ago (2007-12-24)) [±]Free GPL Objective-CExaileAdam Olsen May 24, 20064.0.0 (June 6, 2019; 15 months ago (2019-06-06)) [±]Free GPLv2 or laterGStreamer Python (GTK+) EcouteLouka Desroziers & Julien Sagot September 20083.0.8 Free (until version 4) ProprietaryAV Foundation & QuickTimeObjective-CFlash MP3 PlayerReality Software March 11, 20081.00 Free Proprietaryfoobar2000Peter Pawlowski November 29, 20021.6 (September 2, 2020; 8 days ago (2020-09-02)[5]) [±]Free Proprietary (core),
BSD (SDK) C++ Guayadeque Music PlayerJuan Rios March 12, 20090.4.5 Free GPL GStreamer C++ (wxWidgets, wxSqlite) iTunesApple Inc.January 9, 2001Free ProprietaryQuickTime? JRiver Media CenterJRiver, Inc. February 1, 199925.0.18 (April 3, 2019; 17 months ago (2019-04-03)[6]) [±]Non-free ProprietaryJRiver code C++ JuKScott Wheeler February 1, 20033.11 (February 4, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-02-04)[7]) [±]Free GPL C++ MediaMonkey StandardVentis Media Inc. August 25, 20034.1.29 (July 10, 2020; 2 months ago (2020-07-10)) [±]Free ProprietaryDelphi, C MediaMonkey GoldVentis Media Inc. August 25, 20034.1.29 (July 10, 2020; 2 months ago (2020-07-10)) [±]Non-free ProprietaryDelphi, C MediaMonkey LifetimeVentis Media Inc. August 25, 20034.1.29 (July 10, 2020; 2 months ago (2020-07-10)) [±]Non-free ProprietaryGroove MusicMicrosoft 2012Free ProprietaryMPXPLAYMPXPLAY January 1, 19983.05 (February 3, 2019; 19 months ago (2019-02-03)) [±]Free GPL C Music on ConsoleDamian Pietras January 1, 20022.5.1 (April 24, 2016; 4 years ago (2016-04-24)) [±]Free GPL C Music Player DaemonWarren Dukes May 1, 20030.21.22 (April 2, 2020; 5 months ago (2020-04-02)[8]) [±]Free GPL C MusicBeeSteven Mayall December 4, 20083.3.7310 (January 9, 2020; 8 months ago (2020-01-09)) [±]Free ProprietaryBASS audio library Visual Basic .NETmusikCubeCasey Langen January 1, 20050.92.1 (May 26, 2020; 3 months ago (2020-05-26)) [±]Free BSD NapsterWilliam Christopher Gorog October 1, 20034.6.3.4 (August 31, 2010; 10 years ago (2010-08-31)) [±]Non-free ProprietaryQuod LibetQuod Libet Team November 8, 20044.3.0[9] (22 February 2020; 6 months ago (2020-02-22)) [±]Free GPL GStreamer Python (GTK) PyGTK RdioRdio Inc August 3, 2010Microsoft Windows: (2013) WP 8+ : (28 October 2013; 6 years ago (2013-10-28))

iOS: 3.0.3 (27 September 2014; 5 years ago (2014-09-27))

(subscription required)ProprietaryRhapsodyRealNetworksJanuary 1, 200314.0 (16 October 2006) [±](subscription required)ProprietaryRhythmboxColin Walters April 1, 20043.4.4 (January 4, 2020; 8 months ago (2020-01-04)) [±]Free GPL GStreamer C Sayonara PlayerMichael Lugmair (until 2020 under the pseudonym Lucio Carreras) 20111.5.1-stable5 / 29 August 2019 Free GPLv3GStreamer C++ SongbirdPOTI Inc. February 8, 20062.2.0, Build 2453 (February 4, 2013; 7 years ago (2013-02-04)) [±]Free GPL GStreamer Sonic VisualiserCentre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of LondonMay 10, 20073.1.1 (August 14, 2018) Free GPLv2 or laterSoniqueMedia Science November 1, 19981.96 (March 2002) Free ProprietarySpotifySpotify LTD October 7, 2008
Android8.5.64.1046 / June 23, 2020; 2 months ago (2020-06-23)[10]
Android Wear8.5.47.1006 / February 26, 2020; 6 months ago (2020-02-26)
iOS8.5.65 / July 3, 2020; 2 months ago (2020-07-03)[11]
Windows 10 (Microsoft Store)1.141.634.0 / September 4, 2020; 6 days ago (2020-09-04)[12]
macOS1.1.35.458 / June 25, 2020; 2 months ago (2020-06-25)[13]
Linux1.1.26.501 / February 19, 2020; 6 months ago (2020-02-19)[14]
Non-free ProprietaryStyle JukeboxDigital Geek LTD July 1, 20092.2.1 (October 8, 2016; 3 years ago (2016-10-08)) [±]Free ProprietaryC#WinampNullsoftApril 21, 19975.8.3660 (October 19, 2018; 22 months ago (2018-10-19)) [±]Free ProprietaryWasabiC/C++XMMSXMMS Team November 1, 19971.2.11 (November 16, 2007; 12 years ago (2007-11-16)) [±]Free GPL original C XMPlayUn4seen Developments 19983.8 (December 23, 2013) Free ProprietaryBASS audio library Name Author First public release Stable version Cost Software license Based framework Written in
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10 Best Desktop Music Managers

By John Corpuz

Get your music library sorted out with these desktop music managers.

Use these apps to manage your music

Need to make sense of a cluttered music library? Want to do a little spring cleaning on your missing tags and mislabeled files? Looking for a way to easily sync your music collection to your mobile devices? Check out these music management programs for Windows.

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If you've got any type of iDevice, than you should already be intimately familiar with Apple's all-in-one media player, marketplace and device syncing tool. iTunes tries to be everything that you'll ever need for media consumption rolled into one package, which some users appreciate, and others consider feature and resource bloat. Library management and marketplace features allow you to acquire and organize the material you want, and the seamless syncing make iTunes a must if you have an iPhone, iPad or other Apple device.


Helium is a freemium desktop music manager that covers all the basics, from music playback, library organization and metadata editing all the way up to batch actions and database support. The free version of the app supports a wide variety of file formats and includes file conversion, metadata migration, and file splitting. A library management system lets you edit tags, search through your collection, fill in missing metadata like album art, and perform batch operations all in a neat, configurable modern interface. It's already a solid, all-around app for the low price of nothing, and upgrading to the premium version provides multi-user support, a remote control app, advanced stats, and other organization tools and extras.


AIMP is another popular option for free music management software on desktop, covering a wide variety of music formats, with the organization tools needed to fix up your music library. Users can batch edit files and tags, apply renaming and tagging templates, rip music CDs and audio streams, and convert formats. Smart playlists, library search and stats, and sound options including an 18- band equalizer and effects round out this solid music manager.

Foobar 2000

Foobar 2000 is an old favorite: an extremely modular freeware music player and library management app that comes with surprising software muscle behind its bland interface. Out of the box, foobar supports supports a variety of formats such as MP3, MP4, FLAC and WAV, gapless playback, and media library features such as tag editing. In addition, Foobar 2000 is highly extensible, with a large selection of components you can add to the program such as DTS and AC3 support, multipoint room audio compensation, and even tree-style views of your media library with SQL support. If you're just looking for a quick-fire music player, there may be better options, but Foobar's customizability definitely rewards those who like to tinker with their apps.


Clementine is a versatile open-source music player and library management tool that's equally at home playing music in your hard drive or songs in the cloud. Covering more than just the basics of playback, Clementine includes a tag editor, cover art and queue manager, support for smart and dynamic playlists as well as a variety of playlist formats. In addition to local file playback, Clementine supports a variety of internet radio and music services such as Spotify and Soundcloud, as well as cloud playback from Box, Dropbox, Drive and OneDrive.

DoubleTwist Sync

Another music manager designed to take the sting out of migrating to an Android device from iOS or vice versa is DoubleTwist Sync, an app designed to sync your iTunes music library to your Android device through WiFi or USB. DoubleTwist automatically reads the contents from your iTunes or Windows Media Player library and syncs it over to your Android device, along with photos and videos. DoubleTwist Sync is also designed to work both ways, so that playlist changes made on your device are reflected in your desktop library. That said, Sync is all about the syncing, so you'll want something else if you're looking to do things like clean up metadata, batch labeling, or other organization tasks.


MediaMonkey is a popular media player and organizer reminiscent of iTunes and it's packed with tools to organize and edit your media collection. It plays music and videos and features powerful tag and metadata editing tools, album art downloading, media transcoding, syncing capability for Android and iOS devices, and UPnP/DLNA sharing. Many more advanced features such as automatic library management and on-the-fly transcoding auto-leveling volume are hidden behind a paywall, but what you get for free is already pretty impressive.


Another excellent total music management program is MusicBee, which is a great multifunction program for your media playing and library management needs. Import material from iTunes, Windows Media Player and easy manual and automatic tagging lets you quickly make sense of your music collection. Numerous library views and filters let you home in quickly on the content you want. Android device syncing lets you put your music onto your phone quickly. MusicBee also includes audio conversion tools, automatic song data retrieval, smart playlist creation, and more.

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How to Export an iTunes Library to a Windows Media Player

ITunes, the media player developed by Apple, uses the Library to organize your audio tracks. If you run a business, the Library enables you to organize training materials for your employees and presentation materials for your clients. If you need to get these audio files into the Windows Media Player library, you need to consolidate the iTunes media in a single folder and then configure Windows Media Player to scan this folder and import all the tracks into its library.


Launch iTunes, click "Edit" and choose "Preferences" from the menu.


Click the "Advanced" tab at the top of the Preferences window and then select the "Keep iTunes Media folder organized" and "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" check boxes.


Select the path in the "iTunes Media folder location" box and press "Ctrl-C" to copy it to the clipboard. Click "OK" to apply and save the new settings.


Click "File," select "Library" and click "Organize Library." Select the "Consolidate files" check box and click "OK" to copy all media files in the iTunes Library to the iTunes Media folder. Your entire iTunes Library is now consolidated in the folder that's listed in the "iTunes Media folder location" box.


Launch Windows Media Player, click "Organize," select "Manage Libraries" and click "Music." The Music Library Locations window pops up.


Click the "Add" button to open a file browser, click once inside the address bar at the top to select the default path and press "Ctrl-V" to replace it with the path to the iTunes Media folder. Press "Enter" to navigate to the Media folder and click "Include Folder" to add the folder to the list of folders monitored by Windows Media Player.


Click "OK" to import all songs from the iTunes Media folder into Windows Media Player. The "Update Media Library" message is displayed in the bottom right corner of Windows Media Player until all media files are imported into the library.

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