Audio & MusicAudio apps and services can vary greatly. From services to listen to music, manage large amounts of it in a library format, or create it, to apps that allow you to be a pro disk jockey with ease, the software in this category runs the gamut in functionality.
Most popular apps
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
Simple, fast and powerful media player.Plays everything: Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices and Streams.
Plays most codecs with no codec packs needed:MPEG-2, DivX, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3...
Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. You can use Audacity to record live audio, convert tapes and records, edit sound files, change the speed or pitch of a recording and much more.
Spotify is a commercial music streaming service providing digital rights management-restricted content from record labels including Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal.
Music can be browsed by artist, album, genre, playlist, or record label, as well as by direct searches. On computers, a link allows the listener to purchase selected material via partner retailers.
Spotify music streaming is available on all Android and iOS devices and on desktop computers for unlimited durations. Features like offline listening and ad-free playback are only available for Premium subscribers of the service.
Last.fm is a music community website that offers personalized internet radio, using a recommendation system called "Audioscrobbler" to build a detailed profile of users based on their music tastes and interests. The service installs plugins into the user's media player and automatically profiles the songs he/she listens to.The service will offer recommendations and a 'personal' radio station based on the user's listening patterns.
As of early 2009 last.fm charges 3 EUR/month subscription fee to allow listening to music on their website outside US, UK and Germany. Paid features include:
- Unlimited radio streaming
- Ad-free browsing and streaming
- Recent visitors to your profile
- A prestigious black icon
- Access to the VIP zone with more charts, graphs and the latest from the Last.fm Labs
foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform.
Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.Gapless playback.Easily customizable user interface layout.Advanced tagging capabilities.Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.Full ReplayGain support.Customizable keyboard shortcuts.Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.
Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a free and open source media player and entertainment center for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, XBox, and iOS. Kodi is designed to be the perfect companion to a home theater PC - it supports an almost endless range of remote controls, and combined with its beautiful (and highly "skinnable") interface, Kodi feels very natural to use from the couch.
Currently Kodi can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around. It was designed for network playback, so you can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the house or directly from the Internet using practically any protocol available.
YouTube is a video-sharing website, the site allows users to upload, view, and share videos.
Available content includes video clips, TV clips, music videos, movies (paid), and other content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos.
Everything on Youtube, except Movies (https://www.youtube.com/user/movies/ ) and some channels (https://www.youtube.com/channels/paid_channels/ ), is free.Moreover Youtube Red, with its paid membership, offers:
- Background play, audio mode and offline access to YouTube Music app
- Videos without ads
- Original shows from YouTube creators
YouTube makes use of WebM, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, and Adobe Flash Video technology to display a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media video.
Grooveshark is a free, internationally-available music streaming service and song recommendation engine. It allows users to search for, stream, and upload music, free of charge.
Since some time, It's back up again, but it has some ads
MPC-HC is an extremely light-weight, open source media player for Windows. It supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback.
The tool was developed by mpc-hc.org until July 2017, when it announced its last release due to lack of active developers. The project has been forked by one of the former co-devs, clsid2, that continued the development with new releases since early 2018.
LightweightWatch movies on any SSE2 CPU, even on your old computer back from 2000.
CustomizableWith its wide array of options, MPC-HC can be customized to fit almost any needs. Among other things, we added custom toolbars.
All around playerMPC-HC can also be used as DVB player.