10 Alternatives to WinAmp Desktop Music Player (Freeware)

October 25, 2007 – 11:38 pm

WinAmp is one of the earliest and most popular desktop music (MP3, WAV, Ogg Vorbis etc.) player that you might still have installed on your desktop. However, there are also other good alternatives if you are looking for one. I’ve scoured some of the most popular download sites on the World Wide Web and found some nice desktop audio players that will definitely satisfy your musical needs.




Here is my list on 10 alternative to WinAmp desktop MP3 player:


1- Quintessential Player (QCD)


Notable Features:

Lightweight design, low memory consumption, CD ripper, save skin layout, remote skin (save desktop space), better sound quality than WinAmp

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2- MediaMonkey


Notable Features:

Auto-search music files, music organizer, iPod / mp3 player sync, CD ripper, audio format converter, tag support, cd burner, auto DJ, automatic volume corrector (Replay Gain technology).

Download MediaMonkeyHomepageComplete Features



3- musikCube


Notable Features:

Blazing fast, dynamic play list based on listening habits, support synching with removable devices

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4- Billy


Notable Features:

Lightweight and minimalist audio player (no skins, tag, equalizer), quick entire directory player, 100% shortcuts support, fast – loads 1000 mp3 files in a second (2 to 8 times faster than WinAmp), high-quality Un4Seen Bass sound engine

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5- XMPlay


Notable Features:

Accurately plays audio file, 32/24 bit multi channel support, net streaming, no installation needed, skinnable like WinAmp

Download XMPlayHomepage



6- CoolPlayer


Notable Features:

Open source, freeform skins, support for WinAmp plugins, no installation needed, simple user interface

Download CoolPlayerHomepage



7- iTunes


Notable Features:

Source list, cover row (cd flipper), one click playlist CD burner, iPod / iPhone / Apple TV synchronization, buy music online and instantly store it inside iTunes, developed by Apple (cool factor!)

Download iTunesHomepageComplete Features



8- foobar2000


Notable Features:

Full unicode support, advanced tagging support, highly customizable, lightweight, open architecture means high extensibility support by third party coders, ReplayGain support.

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9- Sonique


Notable Features:

Unsupported but still a highly usable music player, dynamic windowless interface design, complete set of audio controls.

Download Sonique



10- SongBird


Notable Features: desktop web player (a digital jukebox and Web browser mash-up), supports extensions, cross platform, multi language support, dynamic playlist, music watch folders, integrated web search.

Download SongbirdHomepageComplete Features



There are so many other players that I have not listed here. Above are those that I’ve tried and feel right to compete with WinAmp as alternatives. Tell me which desktop music player that you use by leaving some comments below!

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