Enjoy music, movies, TV shows and streaming, like never before.

Yes, your PC or Mac has a built-in media player, but there are a whole lot of alternative free media players out there that will take your enjoyment to the next level.

The right media player helps you enjoy music, movies, and TV shows like never before. Whether you love streaming, downloading, or playing media from a USB, disc, or external hard drive, a great media player is a thing of joy.

The programs in our Top 10 Best Free Media Players list can handle a huge range of audio and video formats; help you organise your media library; tag movies and songs; integrate with online streaming services; add album art, and so much more!

If you’ve got a favourite free media player that’s not made it on our Top 10, we’d love to know. Just leave a comment below. Enjoy!

DivX

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DivX gets our vote as it packs tons of great features into one easy to use package. Users get a video player, video converter and media server for Windows or Mac, that allow you to play, create or stream your favourite videos, including AVI, DivX, MKV, MP4 and HEVC up to 4K (Ultra HD). DivX Media Server lets you stream videos, music and photos to any DLNA-compatible device in your home, like your PlayStation, Xbox, Samsung Galaxy line of products, or Chromecast. Just select ‘Cast To’ and get streaming: simple! Like to create playlists? No problem! DivX lets you easily create playlists and keep track of viewing the ‘Recently Watched’ feature. Pay for the Pro version, and you get a bunch of enhanced features, including Cloud Connect, that enables direct access to your favourite online storage accounts, such as Dropbox and Google Drive, to download and upload videos.