CherryPlayer: powered streaming music player

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 5, 2013
Updated • Jan 31, 2015
Music and Video

You have a lot of options when it comes to playing music for free on the Internet. From tuning in to Internet Radio stations over using video hosting sites like YouTube to free services such as Jamendo or even free accounts on music sites like Spotify.

CherryPlayer is a free desktop player for the Windows operating system that is powered by's vast archive of music. It has several cool features that make it stand out. Before we look at those I'd like to mention that I can't really say anything about the legality of what is being offered. If anyone has information that can help me understand it better post them in the comments please.

CherryPlayer's installer includes several ad-related offers. During the installation on my test system, one toolbar and one game were offered to me. Make sure you decline those offers if you do not want them to be installed on your PC.

Once you start the player you will immediately notice that it begins to get interesting right away. The left sidebar lists music top lists, including the BBC Top 40, the Billboard Hot 100, loved, hyped and top tracks as well as top videos on YouTube in various categories.

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You can click on the play icon next to each track that is displayed on the right to start streaming it right away to your system.

Hovering over a track displays a plus icon that you can use to add the current track to the playlist so that it will be played once all the tracks in queue before it have been played.

I had troubles playing the first song in the player even after clicking on the play button. Moving the track slider to the right resolved the issue and from that moment on, all tracks I tried played just fine.

The integration of several charts in the player interface is a great feature of the music player. Instead of browsing the current music charts, you can instead use the built-in search to find tracks that you are interested in. The search form uses a suggestion feature that you can use to quickly find a band that you are interested in. You can however also use it to find song names instead.

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The player divides the results into VK Music, VK Video and YouTube Video tabs that you can browse individually. The shopping icon links to the US Amazon store where music files can be purchased in digital form if available (not always the case though). CherryPlayer besides that can also play local audio and video files making it an universal media player in its own regard.


CherryPlayer comes very close to how I would like a streaming music player to be like. It is ideal for music discovery as it links to all these charts that you can just browse through. The database of music that it has access to is impressive as well, and while I can't guarantee that you will find all the songs in it that you want to play, the chance that it does is relatively high.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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