Free portable media player tops its class
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In the Premium Edition of issue #144 I mentioned "The KMPlayer" portable media player. My main focus at the time was the fact that you could use it on a USB stick but the feedback I’ve received has been so positive that KMPlayer may well be a strong candidate for the "Best Free Media Player." Here’s the original item from #144: Subscriber Brian Treusch writes "Gizmo, I came across this freeware media player called "The KMPlayer" that can either be run from a thumb drive or installed. It supports numerous formats including DVD playback. After using it for a while, it has become my favorite player. Goodbye Windows Media 11!" I’d never heard of this Korean player Brian, but boy am I impressed. It comes with a whole batch of inbuilt codecs and support for external codecs as well. In the audio area it supports AC3, DTS, LPCM, MP2, MP3, Vorbis, AAC, WMA, ALAC, AMR, QDM2, FLAC, TTA, IMA ADPCM, QCELP, EVRC, RealAudio and more while with video you can play DivX, XviD, Theora, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VP3, VP5, VP6, H263(+), H.264(AVC1), CYUY, ASV1/2, VQ1/3, MSVIDC, Cinepak, MS MPEG4 V1/2/3, FFV1, VCR1, FLV1, MSRLE, QTRLE Huffyuv, Digital Video, Indeo3, MJPEG. To have these features available on a thumb drive is quite extraordinary. Freeware, Windows 98-2003, 12.3MB.
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