Five AWESOME free audio players that you never heard of

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Are you looking for a good, interesting free audio player?, or maybe you’re interested in checking out audio players that are built around an interesting feature or concept? Either way, you should check out some of the audio players featured below.

The list of titles featured here: GOM Audio Player, Tomahawk, Meson Player, Winyl, and Resonic. All are FREE.

To make this post short and sweet, I will list THREE (3) points of interest for each player, that can summarize why it may be interesting to you at a single glance.

1. GOM Audio Player: a nice overall player with a good set of features

GOM Audio Player screenshot2

  • Light on resources, but feature rich
  • Can be controlled remotely from your phone via an iOS/Android app
  • Plays internet radio

I like this one, and feel like I can recommend it without reservations.

2. Tomahawk: a web-connected multiplatform desktop player

Tomahawk Screenshot1

  • Connects to other Tomahawk users, Twitter, your friends on Google Talk, Jabber.
  • Connects to your favorite online music sharing sites (Ex.fm, SoundCloud, Last.FM, Jamendo, etc.) Unfortunately, for some big names it requires a paid account (Spotify, Grooveshark, and others). You can search for your favorite track or artist across all of these at once, and play online music from your desktop.
  • Lets you create playstations (i.e. similar to such and such artist or band)

Overall very nice. If you like this check out previously mentioned ‘Clementine Music Player‘ which is very similar. My only criticism is that tracks from online music services frequently inexplicably will refuse to play.

3. Meson Player: a music player without an interface

Meson Player Screenshot2

  • Meson Player lives in the system tray menu, and displays the names of tracks as notifications when they start playing. You can right click a folder and play it via the context menu.
  • Simple and lightweight.
  • It can be controlled via hotkeys – mainly on the numpad – as well as multimedia keys if your keyboard has them.

This is a multiplatform project (Windows, Mac, Linux) and overall a great concept. My only gripe with it is that I have a laptop and therefore no numpad and no multimedia keys. There is a settings.ini file template to configure the program but it does not seem to support editing hotkeys.  [Thanks reader Panzer for the tip about this one].

4. Winyl: simple media library player

Winyl Screenshot2

  • Displays your entire media library in a simple view that is nonetheless very practical (and visually appealing)
  • Extremely fast: can handle (and search) very large libraries easily
  • Small interface nonetheless contains a ton of features, such as smart playlists, internet radio, equalizer, system tray notifications, etc.

This player is one of my favorite on this list, because I have a large music library, and because it handles music libraries in such a great yet simple way.

5. Resonic: fast audio player built around a big waveform view

Resonic Screenshot

  • Designed around the concept of waveform visualization (there are a number of visualizations to scroll through).
  • Designed to play audio files within directories.
  • Designed to be extremely fast, simple, and reliable.

There are other audio players out there with a ton more bells and whistles, but this program is strangely appealing, is all I have to say about it.


Do you have any others that you want to add to the list? Share them in the comments section.


 
 
 
  • Fabio Alves

    For years I use foobar2000. It’s extremelly light and fast:
    http://www.foobar2000.org/
    I’m impressend that it isn’t in the list!

    • Me

      Everyone knows foobar2000. lol

  • I also love foobar2000! Using it for years, and it has portable mode too!

    • Samer Kurdi

      @ Fabio, Versatile: the reason foobar2000 isn’t listed is that it is very extremely well know, relatively speaking. I wanted this to be an article about lesser known audio players that people likely hadn’t heard of.

  • snelson

    You mention 5 awesome players in the title…. I only see 4….. Am I missing something?

    • Anonymous

      The last one, Resonic, have the same one of the previous one Winyl : 4.

      • Samer Kurdi

        Fixed the numbering. Now there’s five 😉

  • PM

    I came across a very powerful yet unknown player a few weeks ago : MusicBee. Very efficient for large libraries.
    http://getmusicbee.com/
    And it’s 100% free, no spyware either. I sugggest you try the beta version that had recent new features and bugfixes.

  • bumface

    Any recommendations for an iTunes replacement that can sync with an iPod (how retro)?

    • Samer Kurdi

      @ PM: Musicbee is awesome

      @ Bumface: If it’s pre iPod touch, many of them would do it. Try aforementioned MusicBee, Mediamonkey, Jajuk, Songbird. I’m sure there are others I am not thinking of right now.

    • Setterwing

      If im not mistaken winamp can sync with iPods, i dont know how good it works cuz i dont hava an ipod

  • Harris

    My favourite is Spider Player Pro. Even though it no longer has support from the author, it plays anything I have thrown at it including midi files (.mid). As well, it connects to radio stations and has a decent EQ.

    As for an iTunes replacement – and who wouldn’t want a replacement – I use CopyTransManager. Also the latest version of Media Monkey also syncs without a problem on my iPod 64 touch.

    I’m running them on Win 7 x64.

    great site Samer…Harris

  • Brian

    Ages ago I used Quintessential Player to listen to CDs. By far the most awesome feature was that it had a right-click track list in the system tray.

    I don’t really listen to music anymore, and when I do, it’s through iTunes, but I’ll always keep the installer for Quintessential for nostalgia purposes.

    • I used to love QMP but felt it went downhill as of version 5 and then they just stopped working on it 😐

    • Sara

      Still use QMP. The best that I have ever used and I dont see a need to switch to another.

  • freewareer

    Also try:
    Boom audio player
    jaangle

    They are both simple and portable.
    Good article!

  • I used to use Gomplayer for video and to be honest it sucks. I wouldn’t go listing video players under audio players even if they do support both.

    • Samer Kurdi

      GOM Audio Player and GOM Video Player are two different programs, btw.

      • Will let you off but would still avoid it. MusicBee is an excellent program.

  • Stephen

    Winamp & Media Monkey my favorites!

    • john

      Me too. I use Winamp for pretty much all my playing, and Media Monkey for things like file-editing Winamp can’t do easily.

  • Richard

    AIMP is my favorite

  • Arun

    Yes, AIMP rocks.. awesome features you’ll miss in others.

  • djdiscover

    Winyl is without a doubt the best one here.
    I started using it a couple of years ago, and never felt I need to look any further.

  • Peter

    1by1 (http://mpesch3.de1.cc/1by1.html) is a small, no-nonsens directory player
    (created by the author of the fantastic mp3 audio editor “mp3 Direct Cut” btw)
    I don’t know if it is less known or famous.

  • hylen

    Coolplayer is fun.

  • Diogenes

    Gentlemen, I give you Small Player. 223kilobytes of astonishing audio goodness, written in assembler code, takes m3u, m3u8, pls and wpl playlists.

    http://www.igorware.com/small-player

    This little beauty is the answer to virtual global warming.

  • Max
    • Samer Kurdi

      Wow.. thanks for all these Max! Very interesting.

  • solostand

    Hokrain is really impressive. Really small, functional, has awesome hotkey management, supports all popular (and not popular) formats, really fast and has really awesome features. http://hokrain.ru/ And it is only 800 kb! True hidden gem. Prevously mantioned 1by1 also good if you listen to mp3 only and don’t need hotkey management.

  • iceman693
  • Marco Tapia

    aimp 3

  • bobafett

    XMPlay

    http://support.xmplay.com/

    plugins and supports whatever you can throw at it

    Also supports old skool Sonique plugins like Rabbit Hole 🙂

  • OAlexander

    TrayPlayer from @maxsoft (http://www.trayplayer.com/). It is small and gets out of my way.

  • D

    The homepage seems to be down at the moment, but Winyl is a great find. Somewhere between MediaMonkey and 1by1 in functionality.

  • Don

    I really like open music player, it open source, skinable, a lightweight.

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/omusicplayer/

  • Abilash

    foobar2000 along with Amethyst (by slowboyfast) is the best hands down!