Top 3 QuickTime Alternatives for Your PC

Top 3 QuickTime Alternatives for Your PC

The QuickTime Player has been part of Apple's operating systems for over a decade. During this time, it has become an integral part of the system. It is used for everything from playing videos to streaming media. This, however, is not the case on Windows. 

While Apple still includes the QuickTime Player with its operating system, it is not the default player. Windows users are more likely to use Windows Media Player or VLC Media Player.

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is a free and open-source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

VLC can play any type of media file, from any source, from your hard drive, from the web, from your home network, from a DVD, or from a camera. VLC is able to read most audio and video formats (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.263, H.264, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) and is able to convert audio and video files to other formats.

VLC is also a streaming media, meaning that it can receive a media stream from a network and play it. This has been extended to cover various network protocols, from rtsp, http, udp to mms.

Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player is a media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video, and viewing images. It also provides an interface for viewing pictures and slideshows and for burning data to CDs and DVDs. 

The application also features limited editing functionality and supports unplugged playback of music from portable audio players using the Music Match Jukebox application.


PotPlayer is a freeware media player for Windows operating systems. It supports a wide range of video formats without the need for additional codecs. PotPlayer is also portable, which means it can be carried on a USB flash drive and used on any computer.

PotPlayer is a multi-language media player. It includes a wide range of language packs, making it easy to use for everyone. PotPlayer is a free and open-source audio and video player for Windows 9X/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Windows 7, that supports a wide range of video and audio formats and codecs. 

It has an extensive array of configuration options and settings and is translated into many languages.