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  1. Posts : 516
    Win7 Pro X64, Win10 Pro x640
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    Questions about PotPlayer and Audio Player Recommendations


    Could I please get some recommendations for audio players? Some reading suggests that VLC is not optimized for audio. PotPlayer seems to be highly recommended but unfortunately the installers are bundled with adware. In fact, I contacted PotPlayer customer support asking why ads are bundled and if ad-free binaries would be provided. I received poorly translated, briefly uninformative answers amounting to "there is not exist" and "that is company's law", respectively as answers.

    Anyway, are there privacy issues with PotPlayer? What about the various MPC players? There seem to be several in distribution, some updated, some not. Any recommendations there? I remember that codec packs were not recommended in the past. Is that still the case now?

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. Posts : 5,401
    Windows 11 Home
       #2

    You can try SMPlayer, it supports YouTube playback as well.

    bamajon1974 said:
    I remember that codec packs were not recommended in the past. Is that still the case now?
    That is sort of a lie. They all use built-in codes bundled in setup like ffdshow or madvr.
    Keeping codecs updated will make sure, that those "no-codecs" players will perform better.

    bamajon1974 said:
    PotPlayer seems to be highly recommended but unfortunately the installers are bundled with adware
    They offer the software for free, so skipping it in the setup, is the least you can do to support them.
    Besides, it uses an online installer, so when blocked in the firewall, it will not even offer anything.
    MPC-HC was previously abandoned, because devs could not afford its development anymore.

    v1.7.13 is released and farewell . MPC-HC
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  3. Posts : 3,341
    Windows 10 Pro x64
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    It's no problem to deselect any unrelated software that shows up in PotPlayer install files. I've found that many free software install files include other programs, so am on the lookout whenever I run them. I think PotPlayer is definitely worth the tiny bit of extra bother.
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  4. Posts : 6,486
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
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    bamajon1974 said:
    PotPlayer seems to be highly recommended but unfortunately the installers are bundled with adware.
    Anyway, are there privacy issues with PotPlayer? What about the various MPC players? There seem to be several in distribution, some updated, some not. Any recommendations there? I remember that codec packs were not recommended in the past. Is that still the case now?
    I'm long time PotPlayer user. The following download link is adware free and there are no bundled offers on install.

    Download Potplayer 64-bit 1.7.18958 for Windows - Filehippo.com

    Download Potplayer 32-bit 1.7.19315.0 for Windows - Filehippo.com

    Questions about PotPlayer and Audio Player Recommendations-sigcheckgui.jpg

    It will offer to download and install additional codecs but they are needed for PotPlayer to work with all types of video.

    Check Posts #2 & #3 here:

    strange icon for Pot player

    You can block PotPlayer via firewall but there will be no update checks and you will not be able to open streaming videos.
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  5. Posts : 6,486
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
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    Hey. PotPlayer works okay with audio and has playlists and eq.

    Questions about PotPlayer and Audio Player Recommendations-potplayer-audio.jpg

    But it's primarily a video player. I use it for video.

    For audio I use AIMP along with FlexAsio.

    AIMP

    Questions about PotPlayer and Audio Player Recommendations-aimp-options.jpg

    GitHub - dechamps/FlexASIO: A flexible universal ASIO driver that uses the PortAudio sound I/O library. Supports WASAPI (shared and exclusive), KS, DirectSound and MME.
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  6. Posts : 6,486
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
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    In addition - no matter which player you use you can also improve sound by using EqualizerAPO with Peace add on (system wide eq)

    Configure instant mode as per image here:

    Any Windows 10 Equalizer audio programs

    Once you've done that exit the program and install Peace then run it as per this post:

    Any Windows 10 Equalizer audio programs
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  7. Posts : 6,486
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #7

    Also check out Foobar2000 audio player:

    foobar2000

    It's not my personal choice but it should work okay for most users.

    Audio players sorted by popularity (number of downloads) but bear in mind that older players have been around for a while so will have been downloaded a lot more than some newer players.

    Multimedia - Audio - Audio Players Downloads
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  8. Posts : 516
    Win7 Pro X64, Win10 Pro x640
    Thread Starter
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    @Callender
    FYI, the latest version of PotPlayer from the vendor website (Global Potplayer, that is the correct website, right?) doesn't have any ads in the installer. I was able to verify. Are you able to confirm?
    Thanks!
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  9. Posts : 6,486
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #9

    @bamajon1974

    I won't be around until tomorrow.

    Anyway I always get the 32bit version and get it from here:

    Download Potplayer 32-bit 1.7.21212 for Windows - Filehippo.com

    64bit is here

    Download Potplayer 2.0.0317 for Windows - Filehippo.com

    RE: Adware. Don't believe everything you read on the internet.

    Maybe read pages 3,4 and 5 here:

    A problem with "Open" menu context - affects one particular program

    If you want MPC-BE (updated) and LAV Filters with MadVr check this post in your other thread.

    Installing and Configuring MadVR and LavFilters on media players

    I've got that too along with several other video players.

    As for audio - it's better to use a dedicated audio player but the one built into PotPlayer isn't too bad.

    Personally I use two. WinAmp (can play video too) and AIMP.
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  10. Posts : 516
    Win7 Pro X64, Win10 Pro x640
    Thread Starter
       #10

    @Callender

    Got it. I took a chance in installed PotPlayer 64-bit from the daum website and did not notice any ads in the installer. I wonder if this omission is a fluke or the crew at daum gave in to all of the complaints about the embedded ads removed them from the installer?

    Anyway, I was wondering if some other people out there could verify as well.

    What firewall/internet traffic settings do I need to check to be sure that the program isn't unnecessarily sending out information?

    Thanks!
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