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Codecs: Your Complete Guide

Codecs iconCodecs are software applications that allow music and video files to be played and created using a media player. They are essential for playing formats like MP3, DIVX, WMA, WMV, MPG, OGG and all other media formats. Most operating systems include support for at least a handful of codecs, while additional codecs can be downloaded from the internet. Some media players, like VLC, include their own codecs, which removes the need to download them separately.

This guide shows you how to obtain the codecs required to play popular media files, and provides a number of troubleshooting tips to help you solve any issues you may have with codecs.

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