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The Best Multimedia Apps for Windows

written by: KateG•edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 8/27/2009

If you are looking for the best of software (past and present) for playing with your audio and video then this is the list for you.

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    Multimedia applications are undeniably popular. People seem to love their music and movies. Whether it is a home movie of your daughter's soccer game or your incomparable MP3 collection, you want the best software available. That is why today we are going to look at some of the best multimedia application for Windows.

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    Real Player has been around for quite some time. In addition to letting you play music, like anyone who had this software in the mid 90's knows it can do, newer versions also allow you to create and play custom video playlists. You can't help but love all that for free. Oh, and just in case you did not know, it can help you to put web based videos on your iPod as well. That means you can take your You Tube with you even when you don't have a wireless connection.

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    A relative newcomer on the market for Windows based multimedia (compared to Winamp and Real Player), iTunes give you playback, seamless access to your media library on your iPod or iPhone (or MP3 player with a free add-on), as well as access to one of the largest media download centers of the web.

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    This baby can let you play your library, get access to streaming web radio, and even give you the ability to get on web radio. Of course that last one requires the right set up and a willing host. You can even import your iTunes library into Winamp if you so desire. This software’s current version also comes with a handy tracker. Want to know what gets used, and what files just take up space? This feature can tell you.

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    Video Spin

    You may not have heard of Video Spin, but it is a world class video editor with an easy to use drag and drop interface. It is kind of like Windows Movie Maker, only without the periodic tendency to freeze and have to be closed mid-edit. As a bonus this free software can even automatically export to video sharing sites (like YouTube) or save your master work as a flash movie. Maximum flexibility and minimum price. Who could ask for more?

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    OK, so it's not a stand alone application, but this very handy set of codex let other applications (like Windows Media Player) do it's job much better than it ever could on it's own. An end to the annoying "Not a supported file type", error message was had by many users thanks to this software.

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    There you have it, a plethora of options for playing with your media. Now you can watch, edit, or just organize your collection. Have fun!

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    Just because you can use some of this software to copy commercial movies illegally does not mean that you should. Stay legal.