It’s Hive Five time again! And we want you to tell us about your favorite desktop media players.
I’m a VLC guy through and through; it’s been my default media player of choice for my desktop PC, my laptops, and my mobile devices for as long as I can remember. I’ve never strayed, though I will admit that I used to fiddle with Media Player Classic as well. Eventually, I realized it didn’t make much sense to have two media player applications on my Windows PC, so MPC had to go.
There’s nothing wrong with VLC at all; it’s a fine player that can handle almost everything you throw at it. However, since I’m such a loyalist, I don’t have a ton of experience with any other media player applications that you might be just as good. (Or better?)
What’s your favorite?
I’m curious. Do you stick with your operating system’s built-in defaults? A little Windows Media Player or Quicktime? An app that’s a sister to the server software that powers all your media streaming, such as Plex Media Player? Something exclusive and fancy for your OS of choice (IINA)? A lovely open-source, cross-platform alternative (MPV)? Some crazy tool that lets you listen to music from a terminal command?
Here’s what I need from you: In the comments, tell me what app(s) you love and why. I’ll feature the best answers in a follow-up post that highlights the amazing media player apps I’ve found (and you’ve recommended). Then we can all sit in a group chat and watch a documentary or something; I’ll bring the virtual popcorn.