Audio Players Compatible With Windows®
What are the various audio players compatible with Windows Operating System?
Audio players are application software used for playing audio data. They provide functions like play, pause, stop, rewind, forward, playlist, tagging format support, equalizer etc. Audio file formats are of two types that are compressed and uncompressed audio formats. Commonly used audio file extensions are .WAV,.MDI,.MP3, .AIF etc. Many software are available for playing audio files in Windows Operating System. Since so many audio formats are available, it would be more convenient to use more than one player in a computer. The most popular audio players that can be used in Windows Operating System are iTunes, JetAudio Basic, VLC, KM Player, Windows Media Player, Songbird, Winamp etc. The primary format in Apple iTunes is .M4P and it is the most popular audio playback software for windows which supports all major audio formats. Cowon’s JetAudio Basic software supports all major formats including WAV, MP3, OGG, WMA, MPEG, AVI, WMV, RM, MIDI. It also supports CD burning, recording and audio file conversion. Foobar 2000 also known as ‘fb2k’. It provides full Unicode support, replay gain support and support for audio formats like MP3, MP4, AAC, CDaudio, WMA, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AU, SND etc. VideoLan’s VLC Media Player is a multipurpose audio and video player which supports almost all compressed and uncompressed formats. Microsoft Windows Media Player plays Windows media files and other common formats and it will be included in the Operating System itself. Nullsoft’s Winamp is yet another popular media player which supports almost all formats including Ogg Vorbis files.
Given below are some of the common points regarding different audio Players for Windows Operating System:
- Role of Audio players
- Operating System compatibility
- Supporting file formats
Role of Audio players
Audio Players are used for playing the audio files in our computers. Their functions are not only limited to playing, forwarding, pausing etc, but, these are also used for advanced tasks like playlists, graphic equalizers, audio file conversions, downloading from the music stores etc. Since different types of audio formats are available and many players do not support some audio files, keeping more than one player gives better music experience. Windows Operating Systems have an in-built Windows Media Player that can play Windows media files and many others.
Operating System compatibility
Almost all audio players available are compatible with Windows Operating System except some suited for Mac and Linux. The most popular players like Winamp, KM Player, VLC, Songbird, JetAudio Basic, Foobar 2000 and iTunes. The system requirements for most of the audio players include 256 MB of RAM, 800MHZ or even faster processor speed, soundcard, speakers and 40MB of free hard disk space.
Audio players does not support all file formats because there are a large number of file formats available today. They are categorized into compressed and uncompressed audio formats. These formats contain waveform data that can playback using audio player software. They also include MIDI files. Common audio file extensions are .WAV(wave audio file),.AIF(audio interchange file format),.MP3,.MID(MIDI file format) etc.
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