Lifehacker Awards 2014: Nominate Your Favourite Media Player Software

The Lifehacker Awards 2014 nominations continue. This morning, we're curious: with an always-contentious question: which media player software do you rely on?

Maybe you're a longtime stan for VLC. Maybe you're happy with iTunes or Windows Media Player. Maybe you only listen to music on your phone. Maybe you depend on a full-blown media centre package. Tell us who should be on our shortlist in the comments.

Throughout this week, we'll be asking for your nominations in additional categories relating to technology, organisation and productivity. Keep visiting the site every day to see when you can nominate your favourites, and make sure you're back when voting starts on Monday 1 December.

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    I use foobar exclusively for music and VLC for video, nothing else. Can control/stream both of them from anywhere in the house.

    Do we even need to nominate anything other than VLC?

    XBMC (Kodi) is my goto for home entertainment.

    XBMC/Kodi for Home Entertainment
    VLC for playing videos.
    Winamp for personal media library.

    video player - mpv player on OS X, Linux and Windows
    audio player - Foobar2000 or Winyl

    VLC for video
    WinAmp for local music
    Google Play Music for cloud based music


    I use Plex for everything now, the App via web, android and Samsung TV. It's just so dang convenient!

    Its got chromecast support, can play in a browsers using html5, apps for mobile devices, apps for consoles, and stream as a DLNA server.
    You can also set it to steam outside of your home network and share with friends/family or on the go.

    It was VLC before it became garbage, now it is Windows Media Player

    Plex (with lifetime Plex pass) for Video.
    Squeezebox (Logitech Media Server & squeezelite for windows emulated clients) for Music.

    I'm all about centralising media, converters, and playback stats to my main machine.

    I load my entire mp3 library into the sims, and any time I want to listen to music I create a new household in the sims and buy a music player, and then use the in-game controls to browse through my tunes

    Still can't go past Foobar for music. It's not the easiest to use but it lets me organise things exactly how I want it.

    I use Plex for video watching these days, though VLC for when I want to watch something that's not hosted on my file server.

    Windows -
    Video: smplayer
    Audio: musicbee

    OSX -
    Video: mplayerx
    Audio: iTunes (but it's not like you've got a choice if you have an iPad and/or iPod)

    Surely it is Plex, I nothing else comes close to its flexibility at home, so many options!

    Xbmc on my OUYA works flawlessly for me.

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