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Media players and viewers

[green] foobar2000
Freeware : Windows
Checked: version 0.8.3

Foobar2000 is an audio player with native support for several popular audio formats, low memory footprint, high quality audio output, and extensive playlist functionality (including Unicode support). (comments)

[yellow] iTunes
Freeware : Windows, Mac OS X
Checked: version 4.7.1

iTunes is an integrated media player for MP3, WAV, AAC, AIFF, and Apple Lossless audio files. Supports CD ripping and burning, playlists and Apple iPod devices. NOTE: iTunes also installs QuickTime. iTunes includes implied advertising for commercial products and services. Data exchange with commercial music vendors and external sites may pose security and privacy risks. (comments)

[green] Media Player Classic (MPC)
Open source (GNU GPL) : Windows
Checked: version 6.4.8.2

Media Player Classic is a substitute for the later Windows Media Player, a lightweight player with a simple interface and low resource usage. Supports all basic media player functions including keyboard controls, full screen, playlists, subtitles, and DVDs. (comments)

[green] MPlayer
Open source : UNIX, Windows, Mac OS X
Checked: version 1.0pre6

MPlayer is a command-line movie player which also has a graphical frontend under Linux. It features support for a very wide range of video file formats, including MPEG, AVI, Ogg/OGM, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealAudio/RealVideo. Supports many codecs including VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5 and also supports many output drivers on different platforms. (comments)

[green] Picasa 2
Free for non-commercial use : Windows
Checked: version 2.0.0

Picasa is a photo organizer that can automatically locate, sort and organize images on your computer into visual albums for easy browsing. Also includes photo editing and touch up effects (crop, red eye reduction, contrast, etc); slide show; and optional web interface. (comments)

[green] Real Alternative
Freeware : Windows
Checked: version 1.29

Real Alternative will allow you to play RealMedia files without having to install RealPlayer or RealOne Player from Real Networks. Supports content embedded in web pages, RealAudio (.ra .rpm), RealMedia (.rm .ram .rmvb .rpx .smi .smil), RealText (.rt), and ReadPix (.rp). Comes packaged with Media Player Classic (MPC) and codecs. (comments)

[green] VLC
Open source : UNIX, Windows, Mac OS X, BeOS
Checked: version 0.8.1

VLC is a highly portable multimedia player that supports various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mov, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. (comments)

[yellow] Winamp
Freeware : Windows
Checked: version 5.08

Nullsoft Winamp is a media player with a simple interface and extensive support for different audio and video formats, including: MP3, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, WAV, WMA; and MPEG, AVI, ASF, WMV, OGM video. Supports playlists, plugins, skins, streaming audio and video, media library, etc. NOTE: During installation, there is a (clear) option to report usage statistics and enable Winamp Agent. There may be privacy risks, and neither needs to be enabled. (comments)

[green] Zinf Audio Player
Open source : UNIX, Windows
Checked: version 2.2.5

The Zinf Audio Player (formerly FreeAmp) is a simple media player. Features support for MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, Audio CD, Shoutcast/Icecast streaming audio, and RTP streaming. Includes a music browser, theme support and a download manager. (comments)

Audio/video editors

[green] Audacity
Open source (GNU GPL) : UNIX, Windows, Mac OS X
Checked: version 1.2.3

Audacity is an audio editor featuring support for several formats including WAV, Ogg Vorbis, MP3 (including direct export). The editor allows cut, copy, paste of audio sections, mixing, and supports various effects for volume, pitch, and noise removal. (comments)

[green] VirtualDub
Open source (GNU GPL) : Windows
Checked: version 1.6.4

VirtualDub is a video capture and processing/editing utility. VirtualDub can capture from Windows-compatible video devices at customizable frame rates. The processing component can also be used to clean up or modify video (AVI or MPEG), apply filters, remove or replace audio tracks, resize, etc. (comments)