There are all kinds of different ways for you to play videos and music on your computer for free, but the problem is finding the right one for you. We’ve reviewed GOM which is definitely near the top of my list, and then there is VLC which has definitely won the hearts of people around the world. And now thanks to “leland” over in the forum I have a new favorite: KMPlayer (download).

The thing that really attracted me to the player is the stunning appearance, but after using it for a short while I’ve found that the entire interface seems a lot more user friendly. And you won’t be compromising compatibility when using the player because it supports dozens of different video and audio formats out-of-the-box:

  • Video: DivX, XviD, Theora, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VP3, VP5, VP6, H263(+), H.264(AVC1), CYUY, ASV1/2, SVQ1/3, MSVIDC, Cinepak, MS MPEG4 V1/2/3, FFV1, VCR1, FLV1, MSRLE, QTRLE Huffyuv, Digital Video, Indeo3, MJPEG, MPNG SNOW, TSCC, Dirac, VC-1, RealVideo, SMC
  • Audio: AC3, DTS, LPCM, MP2, MP3, Vorbis, AAC, WMA, ALAC, AMR, QDM2, FLAC, TTA, IMA ADPCM, QCELP, EVRC, RealAudio

Don’t let the simple interface fool you into thinking that it is lacking in customizability. The amount of things that you can configure is enough to make even the biggest power users drop their jaw down to the floor:

kmplayer settings

When it comes to playing audio this isn’t going to be my first choice, but I’ve been using this quite a bit lately for watching videos. Let us know what you think of KMPlayer!

Download KMPlayer for Free (Windows only)