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Best Media Player? It’s Gotta be VLC …

Published May 7, 2012 - 4 Comments

I’m not certain what surprised me the most… the fact that not everyone uses VLC media player, or the fact that TechRadar was able to put together a field of 16 media players in their Best Media Player for Performance test!  16?  Really?  I thought that I knew a little bit about media players but I had no idea that there were that many available.  But unless you’re some crazy “Down with the establishment” obscure software fanatic, I’m going to save you a lot of trouble… you need only concern yourself with one media player: VLC.

The VLC media player by VideoLAN is a free, open-source, multi-platform media player capable of playing virtually every known media type available to you.  I personally have never seen it unable to play something, whether video or audio format.  And while it does play audio just fine, its true value is as an unparalleled  video player.  You want to download something off the net and view it?  VLC is going to play it no matter what.  If it doesn’t, then the file is corrupted anyway.  Would rather stream video than download it?  Not a problem!  VLC does that too.

Did I mentioned that VLC is completely free?  Yup.  No ads.  No spyware.  Nothing.  Just a fantastic piece of software that does exactly what it’s supposed to do, no questions asked.

Chances are that you’re probably running a Windows machine (I’m sorry ’bout that)… you could try to watch your downloaded movies and TV shows with Windows Media Player, but you’re going to have to install different codecs depending on how those files were encoded.  Does that sound like gibberish to you?  Forget Windows Media Player and install VLC.  Not running a Windows machine?  (yeah!)  VLC is still your best option!  You can download it for your Mac, or your Linux distribution.  I’ve used it flawlessly on both Mac and Ubuntu Linux.  It’s a beautiful thing.

And just for kicks I read through TechRadar’s post, because I was curious about VLC’s performance when compared to some of those other 15 media players.  They did say that VLC was beaten in a few of their benchmarks, but that over-all, VLC was ahead of the pack.

Was there really any doubt?  I didn’t think so.

Go download VLC media player and have one less headache to deal with.