Are you still using Windows Media Player or – gasp – iTunes on your PC? Then for the love of all that is good and great in the world, embrace AIMP instead.
Unlike the programs we’ve just mentioned it’s fast, friendly and won’t have you throwing f-bombs around every time you try to do anything.
Why you need it
Most of us use our PCs for some kind of music playback, whether it’s hardcore techno while we hoover or podcasts for us to ponder. The default music players that ship with Windows or with music playing devices tend to be pretty awful, and fairly limited in what they can do.
Not AIMP. It covers all the essentials but adds useful options including a really cool feature to strip the vocals from your songs to make your own karaoke tracks. It can wake you up with music, organise your MP3 collection, tune into internet radio stations and feed your pets when you go on holiday.
We made that last one up. But you can stick AIMP on a USB drive to move it from one machine to another, which is really useful if you’re reliant on other people’s PCs. Factor in extensive sound options including special effects and you’ve got an app that’s puts the fun back into functional.
The most popular software available to download from TechRadar right now:
Windows Movie Maker: One of the best free video editors around. Simply drag and drop videos, audio and photos onto the timeline, and trim them to fit.
LibreOffice: An excellent alternative to Microsoft Office, with tools for making and editing text, presentations, spreadsheets, graphics, equations and charts.
AVG Antivirus Free: Top quality protection doesn’t have to cost a penny. AVG has received the gold award in independent virus detection tests.
GIMP: Not only does GIMP provide all the standard drawing and editing tools, it’s packed with powerful built-in plugins that rival professional photo editors.
VLC Media Player: VLC Media Player can handle pretty much any video or audio file without any additional codecs. The only media player you’ll ever need.