GOM Player

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GOM Player

Plays flv and other media files with internal codecs and its ability to play some broken media files.

4

Our rating: 

4
License: Free
Review & Alternatives: Best Free Media Player

Pros & Cons:

No extra codec packs are needed, capable of playing broken avi files.
Bundled with OpenCandy (see information link in review text). May not play DVD discs on some systems.

Our Review:

GOM Player a good alternative to other media players and will also play most media files, including flv files with its own internal codecs. If, however, you come across a file it cannot play, it will direct you to the appropriate open-source codec to install.

The program is a little quirky, though. I tried to play a DVD disc on two different PCs using GOM. On one it would not play it at all (and this was a machine I've been able to play DVD discs on before), while on the other PC it played it fine. One very noteworthy feature of the GOM player is its ability to play some broken media files.

According to subscriber Ash, "GOM Player's claim that it can play broken avi files is very true. We have a file sharing network on campus which uses DC++. Usually avi files which are being downloaded stop partway due to too much traffic. GOM Player was able to play every one of those files on my system up to the point where they stopped downloading."

Caution! GOM Player is now bundled with OpenCandy. See this information page for more details.


GOM Player was reviewed by on based on version 2.2.