Windows 10: Alterative to windows media player

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    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 16299 Multiprocessor Free
       17 Jun 2017 #1

    Alterative to windows media player


    For years I have used Windows Media Player. I use it to play the media stored on my PC.

    I like the fact that I can open it up, set it to random, and it finds all the media on my PC and plays it.

    Is there any other programs that will play all music in the Windows Music folder randomly? I ask because of late Media Player has crashed on several occasions and I would like to switch.
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    Windows 10 Pro 1709 16299.309
       17 Jun 2017 #2

    I have used this player for many years http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ I'm sure there will be several members here that will also recommend it.
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  3.    17 Jun 2017 #3

    We can try and help you with the crashing
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       17 Jun 2017 #4

    mawallace said: View Post
    Is there any other programs that will play all music in the Windows Music folder randomly? I ask because of late Media Player has crashed on several occasions and I would like to switch.
    Welcome to TenForums @mawallace

    Although Windows 10 still includes Media Player, Microsoft's recommended app for playing music is now Groove Music. Open it, select 'My Music' and 'Songs' (if you wish, set a filter and a genre) then click 'Shuffle all'.

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  5.    17 Jun 2017 #5

    VLC is a well known alternative that can play almost anything. Think about giving it a go. There;'s a desktop version and a Store version.

    Also WMP hasn't really been updated since Windows 7.
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       17 Jun 2017 #6

    +1 for VLC, quite useful for playing videos downloaded from YouTube and other such sites. Works with a variety of audio and video files.
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       17 Jun 2017 #7

    Yes I use (and like) VLC too, but @BaconTime @swarfega and @Berton - does it do what @mawallace requires?

    ...open it up, set it to random, and it finds all the media on my PC and plays it...
    As far as I can see, if you run VLC and use it to open the Music folder it plays everything it can find (including in subfolders) but in alphabetical order, not a random shuffle. Is there an option I've missed?

    Groove Music does at least offer the same 'random' playback as the old Media Player (which it was designed to replace).
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  •    17 Jun 2017 #8

    Yes it does, you can open a folder of say music and then press random button.
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       17 Jun 2017 #9

    swarfega said: View Post
    Yes it does, you can open a folder of say music and then press random button.
    Ah, thank you - I did indeed miss seeing the option. It's on the toolbar at the bottom, I was looking in the menus at the top
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  •    17 Jun 2017 #10

    It's really quite a feature rich program. Often over looked.
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