- Why Change Media Players?
With dozens of advanced features and built-in codecs UMPlayer can handle almost any media format, and can play Audio CDs, DVDs, (S)VCDs, TV / Radio cards, YouTube™ and SHOUTcast™ streams, and even incomplete or damaged media files.
UMPlayer is clearly designed primarily for playing digital video and audio files. It has a gigantic library of codecs, and can play almost anything you can throw at it. Its interface is highly intuitive, offering just enough options for users of all levels to feel like they have control over their video experience without overwhelming them with choices. It’s also one of the few players that can play, and sometimes repair, damaged or incomplete files.
The main drawback with UMPlayer is that it didn’t support disc playing as well as we’d hoped. More often than not, there were glitches in DVD playback, and most of the time it didn’t recognize audio CDs at all. Also, we couldn’t for the life of us get the YouTube recorder to work properly. Overall, it seemed like there were hiccups more often than we were comfortable with for a fully-functional player.
While UMPlayer has a comfortable, easy-to-navigate interface, and handles digital video files with the greatest of ease, it really fell short in playing discs and YouTube videos as promised. The level of customization was just right, and as it is a completely free product, the price is right. In the end, we love the potential that it shows, and what it does, it does incredibly well. Still, we can’t quite give it top marks until they work out a few significant kinks.
Pros: clearly designed primarily for playing digital video and audio files
Cons: support for disc playing