eight Light-weight Home windows Music Gamers That Do not Sacrifice Options

In the age of music streaming services, local media players have taken a back seat. For users who have an enviable collection of music stored locally on their computer, a good music player is essential.

Unfortunately, most music players are heavy and overflowing with features that no one really uses. These additional features drain your computer's resources and result in slow performance.

However, there are some music players that are packed with features and are extremely lightweight at the same time. Here are the best lightweight media players for Windows 10.

1. PotPlayer

Although PotPlayer has hardware acceleration, it does not burden your system's resources.

The user interface makes navigating your music library a breeze. The box-shaped design is reminiscent of Winamp. All audio functions are in one section so you no longer have to search for them in different menus.

PotPlayer also has advanced features including the option to switch between sound cards, nose reduction, and support for Winamp DSP plugins.

Download: Windows (Free)

2. Bold

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Audacious ticks all the boxes when it comes to choosing a functional and lightweight music player for Windows.

The size of the installation file is less than 1 MB. In addition, Audacious is open source and frequent updates ensure that users can work flawlessly.

Don't let the small size fool you. Audacious is equipped with an equalizer and audio effects. In addition, there are a variety of plugins that you can use to get lyrics for the current song and, among other things, display a VU ad.

Users can create custom playlists using the Audacious media browser and search for specific songs in their music library.

Download: Windows (Free) | Linux (free)

3. Foobar2000

Foobar2000 is one of the most popular free music players for Windows. And not without reason.

The eye-friendly user interface is fully customizable. Foobar2000 has a built-in equalizer and media management tool that makes it easy to organize your music library. Users can also create their own playlists and sort music by artist.

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The music player supports all common audio formats from .mp3 to .AIFF.

Due to its open source nature, users can extend the functionality of foobar2000 using third party plugins.

Download: Windows (Free)

4. MusicBee

MusicBee is another popular service and the most visually appealing music player on this list.

In addition to its visual appeal, the service offers many features. These include the ability to sync your music across multiple devices, support for Groove Music and support for last.fm scrobbling. There are plugins that add even more functionality to the service.

The Groove Music integration is particularly useful as it allows users to add their existing playlists to MusicBee. In addition, you can preview the songs before purchasing.

Surprisingly, MusicBee has all of these features and only uses 25-70MB of RAM.

MusicBee also comes with a portable package that allows you to enjoy the application without installing it.

Download: Windows (Free)

MediaMonkey is a music player that has largely been under the radar. But it deserves a mention because it is simple to use and lightweight.

Unlike other music players on this list, MediaMonkey particularly focuses on organizing your music library. The application can search for missing album art, tags, and album names for a more complete media library. Users can also create and edit automatic playlists.

MediaMonkey supports all common audio formats for playback.

In addition, MediaMonkey has a handy statistics function that you can use to view and export information about your music library.

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The paid version of the feature includes additional features like unlimited MP3 encoding and an automatic library organizer.

Download: Windows (Free) ($ 24.95 for MediaMonkey Gold)

6. Dopamine

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If you look at the Dopamine user interface, you can almost confuse it with Groove Music.

However, behind the modern-looking user interface is a simple open source music player. While not as extensive as the other entries on this list, Dopamine gets the job done.

You can use it to organize your music library and play your favorites, but don't expect advanced audio from Dopamine. The lack of advanced features makes it one of the lightest music players for Windows.

The application also comes with a portable version.

Download: Windows (Free)

7. XMPlay

XMPlay is by far the lightest music player for Windows.

This is due to the straightforward user interface and a file size of 380 KB. It is impressive that the developers have succeeded in including an equalizer and a library management service in the music player.

In addition, XMPlay supports all common audio formats as well as seamless playback. The media player also supports streaming audio from the Internet. In fact, you can use XMPlay to search specific web pages for playable files.

You can also add visualizations and other features to the media player using plugins.

Download: Windows (Free)

The Classic Home Cinema (MPC-HC) media player is a popular media player that was widely used in older versions of Windows.

Although its development was stopped back in 2017, it remains one of the best lightweight media players for Windows. No compromises are made in terms of functions either.

MPC-HC supports all common media formats and has a media browser.

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The media player is especially useful for users who have an old computer because they can watch movies on older CPUs. In addition, RAM usage is typically less than 20MB when playing audio.

Download: Windows (Free)


When it comes to music players, more features don't necessarily mean a better experience.

Additional functions put a strain on your computer's memory and CPU. The average user doesn't need these features at all. For this reason, a lightweight music player is always recommended over traditional ones.

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Manuviraj Godara
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Manuviraj is a Features Writer at MakeUseOf and has been writing about video games and technology for over two years. He is an avid gamer who also spends his spare time blowing up and reading his favorite music albums.

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