Windows is a vast platform with a huge selection of apps, and it's sometimes difficult to know where to get the best one for you. That's certainly true of music apps, since different types of music listener will have different requirements.

Fortunately, there's a lot of great apps to choose from. Here we've rounded up what we feel are the best of the best.

Groove Music

Groove Music

You may have overlooked the built-in Groove Music app, but you shouldn't. It's very good.

It looks fantastic, is very easy to use and has minimal fluff and you get the option to store your own music in OneDrive and stream it to your devices.

Groove has come along way since the early days. The subscription service is gone but the app remains and is very good for your own music.

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If a format exists, VLC can probably play the file. It's very much the Swiss Army Knife of media players.

VLC also comes in two flavors for Windows, both free. There's the Windows 10 Store version which is built for phones, PCs, tablets and Xbox One; and there's the old-school desktop app.

VLC goes beyond just digital files and also offers streaming support and will convert various file formats.

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Spotify is probably the most popular streaming music service on the planet, and it's now available through the Windows Store, too.

It's the same desktop app as it's always been, with the added bonus of seamless updates through the Store.

Not only do you get access to Spotify's vast catalog of content, be you a paid or free subscriber, but you can also use it to play your own locally stored content. The app itself is totally free to use.

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While Foobar2000 was pushing forwards with a Windows Store app to complement its existing Win32 offering, that project seems to have stalled thanks to low user count. The "proper" app is still very much alive and kicking and is both powerful and customizable.

When you set it up you can tweak the interface to your liking, and Foobar2000 will play basically anything you can throw at it. It's also got a built-in transcoder, support for full Unicode, tags, and gapless playback.

That last one alone is reason enough to give it a try. It's also free.

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Despite not being a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app for Windows 10, MusicBee sports a modern design that looks really nice. But looks aren't all it has going for it.

It's easy to move your existing music library from Windows Media Player or iTunes with the import feature, as well as being able to organize your podcasts and audiobooks.

Toss in gapless playback, some pretty robust equalizer controls and a host of customizations, and MusicBee very easily becomes your music player. You can even pump the sound out of your PC in 5.1 if you have the speakers for it!

It's also totally free. There's nothing not to like.

Download MusicBee for Windows desktop

Updated July 23, 2018: We trimmed our list and added MusicBee because it's a great music player app for Windows.