VLC Media Player is the most popular and robust multi format, free media player available. The open source media player was officially released in 2001 by non-profit organization VideoLan Project. VLC Media Player quickly became immensely popular thanks to its versatile multi-format playback capabilities.

It was aided by compatibility and codec issues which rendered competitor media players like QuickTime, Windows and Real Media Player useless to many popular video and music file formats. The easy, basic UI and a huge array of customization options have enforced VLC Media Player’s position at the top of the free media players.

Play almost any known file format

VLC Media Player supports the variety of audio and video formats. Additionally, it supports MPEG and DivX streaming, you can also watch videos as they are downloading. It can play supported files from ZIP archives, without having to unpack them individually.

Simple audio player

VideoLAN Client fully supports audio playback as well. This media player can also search for album covers and display them automatically once you are connected to the internet.

It is an incredibly robust application but quite simple on the surface. It makes playing music extremely simple but still manages to give the user most of the tools he or she wants in a music player.

More about VLC Media Player

VLC is one of the most hassle-free video players as it can play almost any file as soon it is installed on your computer. It is an open source software, which works on multiple platforms, including Windows, Linux, and Mac OS operating systems.

Other features worth mentioning

  • Manually increase the volume up to 200%
  • Functional playlist function which allows us to play one file after the other
  • Besides basic configurations, it has extensive amount of adjustable settings
  • It fully supports subtitles, even has a subtitle downloader
  • Supports third-party plugins and themes (skins)
  • You can also record videos from the internet or via supported device
  • With VLC you can easily stream multimedia from your PC
  • Has some video effects which you can apply on your videos directly

VLC Player fully supports 64-bit operating systems. Including version for Windows, which you can download directly from this website.

  • User interface: 75
  • Functionality: 85
  • Speed: 90
Total rating: 83%