I'm looking for a music player (not video player) for windows which is:

  • open-source
  • simple to use
  • easy to organise albums
  • support .mp3, .flac sound formats

It should not have a lot of features or be too fancy (a light-weight player)


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  • Search and play your local music library.
  • Listen to internet radio from Spotify, Grooveshark, SomaFM, Magnatune, Jamendo, SKY.fm, Digitally Imported, JAZZRADIO.com, Soundcloud, Icecast and Subsonic servers.
  • Search and play songs you've uploaded to Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive
  • Create smart playlists and dynamic playlists.
  • Tabbed playlists, import and export M3U, XSPF, PLS and ASX.
  • CUE sheet support.
  • Play audio CDs.
  • Visualisations from projectM.
  • Lyrics and artist biographies and photos.
  • Transcode music into MP3, Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Speex, FLAC or AAC.
  • Edit tags on MP3 and OGG files, organise your music.
  • Fetch missing tags from MusicBrainz.
  • Discover and download Podcasts.
  • Download missing album cover art from Last.fm and Amazon.
  • Cross-platform - works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
  • Native desktop notifications on Linux (libnotify) and Mac OS X (Growl).
  • Remote control using an Android device, a Wii Remote, MPRIS or the command-line.
  • Copy music to your iPod, iPhone, MTP or mass-storage USB player.
  • Queue manager
  • I'll give this a try.
    – Axx
    Jan 3, 2015 at 17:39

I personally use VLC for both music and video on many platforms:

  • Free, libre & FOSS
  • Supports just about every media file I have come across MPEG-2, DivX, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3.
  • Cross platform (even mobile)
  • Plays everything: files, discs, webcams, devices and streams
  • No ads/spyware/tracking
  • Can do media conversion and streaming
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    It is not very good for organising music albums. :|
    – Axx
    Jan 2, 2015 at 12:04
  • @Abbey You asked what people use - this is what I use. I use play lists to group the tracks into the order that I use! Jan 2, 2015 at 14:09

I used Miro for a while when I was a Windows user.

It supports most, if not all, file types for music and video.

It does a good job (in my opinion) organizing artists and albums.

Miro is open source, lightweight, and easy to use. It's available for Linux, MacOS, and Windows.


maybe also foobar2000 is interesting for you, here only some features:

  • support for FLAC, Opus, mp3 and many others
  • tagging and album list management
  • clear, lightweight and customizable user interface
  • a big amount of add-ons to extend the functions
  • but it is not completely open source! - the core is closed source and the SDK with with a lot of components is under BSD-license

if you like the old "mediaplayer-style" have a look at Media Player Classic:
it fits all your points and much more, similar to VLC...

if you like the "winamp-style" try AIMP:

  • supports your recommended formats and much more
  • supports multiple play lists, tag editor and manages your audio library
  • its a real lightweight audio-player
  • and also has a lot of addons to add features and skins
  • on the downside it is completely closed source! - but i've listed it here because it is a relly good piece of software.

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