A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One


A new program from Digiarty called 5kplayer bills itself as being what a proper media player should be. And having tried it, I tend to agree that it's a pretty impressive piece of work. It'll play your audio and video files, as well as allow you to access streaming radio stations. Plus, it'll stream your content to an Apple AirPlay if you have one, and there's even a handy Youtube downloader built in too. So you can grab a copy of any interesting video and keep it on your PC for subsequent playback or editing.

5kplayer is free, and you'll find it at www.5kplayer.com. The program is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust. It's a download of around 30 MB. I tried it on Windows 10, but it should work on 7 and above.

Even if you're not in the market for yet another media player, this is a handy Youtube downloader so is definitely worth trying for that capability alone.

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WinPatrol is your friend ;)

Agreed. I use it.

I would suggest a free program called Unchecky for the problem Gil encountered. Many downloads today try to sneak unwanted toolbars or extras past you so a program like Unchecky that prevents that is very useful.

I'll take a look at Unchecky. However, I'm always alert for sneakware. The installer for 5KPlayer didn't offer a "custom" install and didn't give me an option to opt in or opt out of any part of the installation (other than accepting the EULA of course).

From Wikipedia: "Bonjour locates devices such as printers, other computers, and the services that those devices offer on a local network using multicast Domain Name System (mDNS) service records." So, Bonjour is part of 5KPlayer's feature set. My problem with Bonjour is that it wants to run all the time as a service, whether I'm using the app that needs it or not. My experience with Bonjour is that it, like the Adobe updater task, keeps trying to reactivate itself even though I want to deny it permission to run.

If I'd known ahead of time that 5KPlayer uses Bonjour, I wouldn't have installed it.

5KPlayer installed Apple's Bonjour service without asking if it was OK to do so. When i ran the program, I got an alert from Windows firewall, asking what types of networks it could connect through. Not happy about either of those surprises.

I was mainly interested in this program for the YouTube downloading capability. When I discovered that it doesn't download in my preferred format (AVI), I uninstalled it. That's when I discovered another negative surprise: 5KPlayer grabbed all the media file associations for itself, again without asking. After I uninstalled, I discovered my mp3, ogg, flac, mp4, avi, flv, et cetera, files are now unassociated with anything. Yes, of course I can reassociate them how I want, but that should not have been necessary. I'm quite happy with MediaMonkey as my music player and VLC as my video player. New apps should not automatically grab file extensions for themselves.