There are a hundred and one apps trying to serve as music players, starting with the default Windows player and going up to the famous iTunes. However, serious users often find themselves looking for a third party option that would otherwise go unnoticed. Doing its best to be seen in the crowd is the simply titled Media Player by Digital Cloud Technologies Global, a free Windows store app with a lot of useful features and a great aesthetic.
Listen in style and ease
Media Player is a good program for balancing features and appearance. Naturally, first and foremost it can play media files stored locally on your machine. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg and it also covers other bases, making it a kind of one-stop program, great if you listed to several sources regularly. For example, the super search function lets you search for tunes and audio on Soundcloud, making it easy to set up your own streaming radio feed and find new music. The same function can be used to browse for videos on YouTube, so you don’t have to open a browser every time you want to see your favorite content. This program supports playlists and has hotkeys for quick skip, rewind, pause etc. Couple this with a sleek design and smart interface and it could easily replace your default player. The player also has useful Last.fm integration.
Powerful but not entirely free
Under the hood, Media Player has support for all the main windows video codes among many more, plus all the usual music files from mp3 to flac, but sadly not ogg. The default list of codecs can be expanded with in-app purchases which expands to cover non-standard formats like mkv. It is up to users to decide if this is worth paying more for. Some other features which are locked behind paygates are access to cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive, an equalizer and wider DVD compatibility beyond Windows license limitations. When it comes to usability, the app is very simple and arranged in a logical manner, with playlists down the right and controls on the left. All the text and images match the appearance of Windows Metro, so this app will fit right in. Playlists are supported in a wide range of formats and can be edited with ease, plus the application itself has a lot of customable settings which should prove useful. Last but not least, it can respond to multimedia keys on your keyboard, which is essential for casual listening.
Playing it cool
Media Player is one of the better looking music and video apps out there, plus it has a big range of features. If you like all your media in one place, from music to radio and video, this is perfect. It’s worth trying the app for free before buying and extra formats, as you can always choose to try something else in future. With a user-friendly layout and smart Windows integration, this should be a prime candidate for replacing the default player.