Review: Watch your favorite movies and listen to music using Blues Media Player

Stream music or video to your new Blues Media Player, create playlists, and have full control over your media consumption.

As a full-featured free program, Blues Media Player gives users the ability to play music, videos, and Blu-ray files. Although there are a lot of media players in existence, this one has a smaller learning curve and is less of a hassle to use, compared to other players.

Blues Media Player allows you to create playlists and switch between them. Playlists that you create exist as tabs in the main play window. Each playlist can include not only music, but also videos. The video preview window is small, but you can easily place the program in video mode and toggle back to normal mode with one click each. You can manually make the preview screen larger by dragging the frame or you can increase the frame size with specific buttons. Video can be full screen, as well. The video window can be used for visualization, similar to other programs, while you listen to music. In addition, this program allows you to indicate a URL and play streaming audio or video. A nice feature is the ability to set a playlist to be played at a particular time and then the ability to have the player control the state of your computer such as Sleep, Hibernate, Log Off, Lock, Shutdown, etc. This means that you can use the player as either an alarm clock or as a sleep aid. It's great that the program is intuitive because there is no help available. The Web site leads you to various available codecs to add, but does not help you operate the program.

Blues Media Player offers an intuitive interface and closely approximates the look and feel of other more popular media players. The program will be easy to use, even for novice computer users.

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