24 best free apps for listening to music on Windows


Windows media player and Groove music are built-in players in windows and enable us to watch videos or listen to our favorite music. On the Internet, however, there are plenty of other independent and very well-performing applications for this purpose. Today we have selected the 24 best free programs, from the simplest to the most complex (for the demanding ones), which will help you listen to your favorite music.



VUPlayer is a modern, amazingly simple and efficient music player for Windows that helps you listen to your favorite songs. If you wish, you can activate and modify the tone of your music with the included sound equalizer and add any of the available Visual effects included. Despite this, it remains, extremely light, without demanding a lot of resources, I would say that it is probably one of the best music players that one can find for windows and I think it is worth a try.



It is a completely free, functional displayable mp3 player with many functions. It is portable, meaning it runs without installation. It can search for audio files on your hard drives and store them in its library. Simply drag and drop your music directory into the Nemp window. After that you can browse and search for your favorite music in this library by artist name, or by album. Metadata is read from ID3v1-Tags, ID3v2, Ogg-Vorbis, Flac Metablocks and Apev2-Tags and can be modified. In wma files the metadata is read but cannot be modified. For CD-Audio CD-Text and (optionally) freedb are used.



CD-Runner is designed to automatically recognize and play media of all types, from Audio CD to MP3 and FLAC. It also analyzes CDs, plays Internet radio, MP3 CDs and DVD movies, automatically downloads CD information from freedb online and more.

It includes Home Stereo, Compact, TouchPad and Ribbon (minimized) graphic fronts designed to look like a real hi-fi CD and DVD player, while the smaller stereo front is designed to look like a real unit you'd find in a car.

The portable front is designed to look like a generic MP3 player. The new TouchPad face is designed to look like a generic tablet computer and includes full and small sizes.

 All skins are highly customizable and can be switched between you as you play music or watch movies. Full support for freedb and any other compatible CDDB database is also provided, allowing you to automatically download and submit Audio CD electronic information (artist and album titles, song titles, letterbox notes, etc.). You can also search over 3 million audio CDs with the latest disc library.



This is a very simple application that will help you listen to your favorite music simply and quickly. The working interface of the application is similar to the very popular winamp or xmms players. It includes many alternative user interfaces to adapt it exactly to your needs which you can download from here.



Alternative lightweight Player, supports OGG, MP3, MP2, MP1, WMA, WAV, CDA, MO3, S3M, MTM MOD, UMX audio formats, and PLS, M3U, ASX, WAX playlists. You can load more formats through the plugins available in the program. Most importantly, it requires no installation and consumes very few resources. Finally, you can choose the appearance of the Player by downloading any of the dozens of ready-made skins you like.



Dopamine is a free audio player that can play wav, mp3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WMA and M4A / AAC audio files. One of the most important features of the application is the fact that it is also available in Portable format, which means that it does not require installation and so it can run on a USB. To work with the application, after downloading the file, unzip the application through the Dopamine - Portable folder and run the Dopamine file. From there select settings and specify the path where your music files are located, change the appearance of the Player and other settings.



Modern open source audio player, a descendant of XMMS, to listen to your favorite music without needlessly consuming your computer's resources.

Drag and drop folders and individual song files, search for artists and albums across your entire music library, or create and edit your own custom playlists. 

Listen to music from a CD or from a stream from the Internet and for better acoustics activate the graphic equalizer or try with LADSPA effects. 

Enjoy modern theming or change the look to Winamp Classic. Use the plugins included with Audacious to read the lyrics to your music, and more.

Vov Music Player


Lightweight, simple audio player capable of playing FLAC, MP3, MP2, MP1, OGG, WMA, WAV and AIFF files. No complicated settings are needed to enjoy your favorite tracks from your desktop. 

All you need to do is select the source of your music files and listen to your favorite songs. 

The interface is minimalistic and provides the basic elements needed to play music files, however, you can choose between playing your music in sequence or shuffle.

In conclusion, this is a very simple music player without complex settings that does not burden your computer's system resources. 



ZPlayer is a program is a music player application with a very special appearance written in Java, which means that it can run on any operating system that has Java installed (version 1.7.0 or later). Includes, automatic support for MPEG files I, II and III (MP2, MP3), PCM Wave (WAV), Vorbis Ogg, Flac, MOD files (S3M, MTM, IT, XM, UMX, MO3) SF2 SoundBank support) and CDA, support for Winamp2 plugins (Windows and Java 32bits only), support for extended audio format (24 / 32bit / 7.1ch / 96Khz), Windows with JNI DirectSound and Linux with JNI ALSA. It also has an equalizer, sound effects such as bass redirection and wide stereo, independent volume channels with redirection between them, full full screen support and many other features.

AIMP player


It is considered among the best media players with easy-to-use interface, small size, minimal use of system resources and very good performance. Perhaps the best audio player in my opinion with many strong points one of which is the great ease of creating Playlists for our music, in addition, free tools that complement the AIMP player so you can listen and write your favorite radio stations to OGG / WAV / MP3 formats, search and download album covers from the Internet rip your favorite cds, but also use the program as an Audio Recorder. Finally, you can even change the look of the Player by downloading and installing any of the dozens of amazing looking skins available from here.

Boom Audio Player


If you are looking to find a simple player that consumes minimal resources and can play the most popular audio formats I think Boom is the most suitable solution. By default it is set to look for music files in the windows My Music folder, but you can set it to listen to your music from any other folders on your computer. 

You can even install Boom on removable ( USB ) and run it from there and also transfer the music to your stick so that every time you connect it to your computer you can listen to your favorite songs. It supports a variety of popular audio formats, such as: MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, Musepack (MPC), WavPack, WAV, AIFF, mp4/m4a, WMA and of course, as you can see, no installation is required.

Xion Player


High fidelity player to listen to music. It supports direct loading from Zip files and has a huge collection of skins to change its appearance. It has strong support for playlists, Equalizer with presets, autoplay and many other conveniences that a modern Player should have. To change its appearance, choose any of the hundreds of ready-made skins available here. 



Clementine is a state-of-the-art player and organizer of music files with emphasis on speed and ease of use, you can browse and play music files from your music archive, listen to internet radio to create smart and dynamic playlists to see song lyrics listen to photos of artists, convert music to MP3, Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Speex, FLAC or AAC files and many more. 

This is probably the best program of its kind, since it has the ability to add music from our local disk, and the ability to connect to the best radio stations, but also the ability to add any audio streaming url. 

You can also connect and listen to your favorite music in the most popular Cloud storage such as Google Drive, DropBox, Amazon Cloud Drive and others. To add your favorite music from your hard drive, from the application menu select Tools and click Preference, from there select your music folder and click OK.

Wait a while until the songs are completed and then select to listen to your favorite Album. For each album, a photo is provided, in fact if it does not satisfy you or if it does not meet your tastes, you can change it through the Cover Manager option (select Tools- Cover Manager).

Cherry Player


Unique media player software that combines all the benefits and advantages of a desktop player and the ability to play almost all types of streaming media, including video, audio, radio and live broadcasts. Built-in categorized playlists from let you know everything that's happening in the world of entertainment, sports, movies and more. 

There is the ability to search and view streams on Twitch.tv with the ability to log into their account. Music fans will support SHOUTcast, SoundCloud and VK services. All this with minimal use of system resources, built-in codecs, intuitive interface and many other advantages make CherryPlayer truly unsurpassed. 



Ideal Player for users who may find other Music Players complicated and difficult to use. It starts up quickly, is very light and can easily handle very large music collections. 

Browse by artist photos, album covers, genres and folders so you can organize your music the way you want. Impressive information display that you can switch to while listening. 

Displays information about the current track, album and artist. It supports most audio formats including: FLAC, OGG Vorbis, Monkey's Audio (APE), Musepack (MPC), WavPack (WV), True Audio (TTA). Musique never modifies your files, it stores all its data in its own database.

Resonic Player


Resonic Player is a free, simple, fast audio player whose main menu consists mainly of a large easy-to-read menu and a music spectrum analyzer. It can worthily replace any music player used so far.



Free music player for windows that will help you listen to your favorite music in real time. You can also use it to manage your computer's music library and organize your playlists. In conclusion, this is a simple, free program to organize your music library, and manage your playlists, all in a clean simple menu with extensive support for creating themes.



Winamp is one of the first media players for Windows developed by the Nullsoft company. Since version 2 it has been sold as freemium and supports extensibility with plugins and skins, has music visualization. playlist and media library, supported by a large online community. 

It was one of the first widely used music players for Windows that even supported Ogg Vorbis playback by default. Its first edition was released in 1997 and quickly became popular. 

The 2.x versions were widely used and made Winamp one of the most downloaded Windows applications. After years of inactivity a new version has been released with support for Windows 11. It supports playback of many types of audio (MP3, OGG, AAC, WAV, MOD, XM, S3M, IT, MIDI, etc.) but also video (AVI, ASF , MPEG, NSV), and is an excellent choice for the user.

media Player


Media Player is designed to make listening and watching your media content more enjoyable. At its "heart" is a full-featured music library that lets you quickly browse and play music, as well as create and manage playlists. All your content in the music and video folders will automatically appear in your library. Media Player includes full support for browsing, managing and watching your local video collection.

QM Play2


Absolutely free video and audio player. It can play all formats supported by FFmpeg and libmodplug (including J2B and SFX). and enables you to view or listen to different types of media, from music, songs, radio stations to watching videos, movies, TV series and more. Supports Audio CD, YouTube and MyFreeMP3. and it can play all kinds of media formats, except for music, it will allow us to watch our favorite videos, from our desktop, without using a web browser.

@MAX Tray Player


The classic Windows media player does a good job and supports a number of media formats. However, its design has remained almost the same for many years. 

Do you enjoy listening to music while working with other Windows applications? Then @MAX Tray Player is for you. It integrates the player bar into the Windows taskbar and effectively becomes part of Windows. So it doesn't hide application windows. Although small, it is easy to use but also quite powerful.

Through key combinations you can open and manage it, it has a low impact on system resources, and it is rich in terms of media playback capabilities.

Plus, it's FREE. All basic actions such as: opening files, playing files, stopping or pausing a file, moving to the next or previous file are easily accessible through the corresponding buttons on the taskbar. Tray Player displays information about the file being played, such as: playing time, title and artist in the small floating window. 

One can adjust the transparency of this window or just hide it. Using hotkey combinations one can control the player regardless of the program that is active at the time.



JetAudio is a complete media player consisting of a single rack compact. You can play various music and video files, it even has features such as burning CDs, recording, and converting to other files.

You can even create your own internet radio station using JetCast, provided with JetAudio, and play all file formats including WAV, MP3, MP3Pro, OGG, WMA, MPEG, AVI, WMV, MIDI, RM and videos and music tracks from CDs. 

This is probably the best free Player that is not only limited to playing music, but also allows you to convert your music files, change their tags, and burn your favorite songs to a music CD/DVD, or to your hard drive. .

Finally, it includes dozens of different skins so you can choose the look you like the most.

Tuniac Media Player


Media player, iTunes style manager for Windows. Advanced playlist editing support, search as you type and queue support. Tuniac can be configured to display graphic visual effects in accordance with the sound beat, and provides a number of supported formats. The app is designed to play most audio formats including MP3, 3GP, OGG, AC3, MIDI, MPC, TTA, WV or even radio streaming. 

You can import directories, files or streams into Tuniac, organize the audio tracks into playlists, and then save or export them. You can personalize the audio output by adjusting the equalizer to your preference. Also, you can make the audio tracks cross, for more comfortable playback.

XIX Music Player


Simple, free, easy to use Music Player. It supports the following file formats: MP3, OGG, M4A (DRM-free), AAC, FLAC, OPUS, APE, DFF, WAV. You can listen and Rip your CD to MP3 or FLAC. You can also rip DVD tracks to MP3 or FLAC, view artist albums from songs and vice versa, create and use playlists, listen to Online radio stations, schedule radio station recordings, see see lyrics and CD Covers of the song being played and listen to your favorite songs in random order and repeat.


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