Vov Music Player is a minimalistic music player for Windows

Mar 23, 2020
Updated • Mar 26, 2020
Software, Windows software

Most music players have lots of options that you can use to customize the playback quality, interface, and other aspects of the player and playback. Players like AIMP, Musicbee or even classic Winamp have a lot to offer; but if you're looking for a minimalistic experience, Vov Music Player may be worth a closer look.

Vov Music Player is a freeware music player for Windows. The interface opens in proximity of the system tray area.

Vov Music Player interface

The program asks you to choose the music directory when you run it the first time. When you select the folder, the program begins playing the first track in the directory. You'll see an action center notification that tells you which song is currently playing but it disappears after a few seconds. Once you have added the folder, you can move the interface anywhere you want to.

Vov Music Player is a minimalistic music player for Windows

You can close Vov Music Player's window which minimizes it to the system tray so that playback continues in the background. When you exit the application and reopen it, Vov Music Player plays the track which was loaded previously.

Use the slider at the top left to control the volume, and the one to its right to jump to a specific time position of the track. There are six buttons that you can use to control the playback: Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind, Forward, and Next. The other 2 options on the interface may be used to add a song to the favorites, or to select the source directory.

Note: The program takes tracks in sub-folders into account.

Right-click on the tray icon to access the player's menu. You'll find that it contains all options from the GUI, but there are some extras here. There's a shuffle option to mix things up.

Vov music player context menu

The Current File menu can be used to open the track's folder location, or to copy it to the clipboard. The List menu displays all files in the current folder, and you can double-click on a track to play it. The menu also has your play history and songs that you have added to favorites. Vox Music Player saves its settings in a Settings.INI file in the ProgramData folder, so you can edit it with any text editor. Songs that you mark as favorite are saved to a text file named Favorites.Txt.

Vov music player source list

Note: Though the Sound engine menu has options to switch between Mplayer and Bass, the former doesn't appear to work. It throws out an error that says "cannot determine the device type from the given filename extension." The only fix for this is to restart the music player. This isn't a major issue because the "Bass" audio engine works fine.

You can disable notifications, and I recommend you do it if you keep the music player near the system tray, as it overlaps the interface albeit for just a couple of seconds when a track is changed.

Tese are the audio formats supported by the program: FLAC, MP3, WAV, OGG, MP2, MP1, OGG, WMA and AIFF.

Vox Music Player is nowhere close to programs like Foobar or Musicbee, but if all you want is to play music from a folder without adding them to a playlist or tinker with some settings, it's a good program. It could really use an option to select the Previous track, and maybe a portable version.

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  1. cat said on March 29, 2020 at 11:40 am

    > Does really it whip the llama’s ass?? I didnt think so

    Audacious does! (http://www.audacious-media-player.org/)

    “Audacious is a fork of beep-media-player which supports Winamp skins
    and many codecs.

    In the default install, the following codecs are supported:

    * MP3
    * Ogg Vorbis / Theora
    * AAC and AAC+
    * FLAC
    * ALAC
    * Windows Media (WMA)
    * WAVE

    Additionally, Audacious is extendable through plugins, and contains
    other useful features like LIRC support. Support for many more codecs
    can also be added through plugins.”

  2. bicycle bob said on March 26, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    For audio players, I recommend clementine, fmedia, foobar2000, and qmmp.

    Yet note that most so-called “video” players are actually media players that will play both video and audio, as with MPC-BE (my fave).

  3. jake said on March 25, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks but I’m more than happy with qmmp.

  4. dekkar said on March 25, 2020 at 12:23 am

    Does really it whip the llama’s ass?? I didnt think so.

  5. Danny said on March 24, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Another decent minimalist music player is Trout, which you reviewed eleven years ago.

  6. Devendra Meena said on March 24, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    I don’t know about you guys, i used Xion music player and didn’t needed any alternative since 2010.

  7. Kincaid said on March 24, 2020 at 7:04 am

    What do people think is the best portable, fast-loading, small RAM occupying audio file player? Not very concerned about features. Just concerned about those three things, in that order.

    1. gynne said on March 26, 2020 at 6:33 pm


      Check out Trout:


      It has not been updated in years, but it’s still supported by the dev.

    2. rustyboy said on March 24, 2020 at 10:45 am

      XMPlayer is small, portable and uses 3.4mb of RAM when playing on my system.

  8. Dr Know said on March 24, 2020 at 1:33 am

    Vov Music Player is serious junkware. It can play music from a folder… Ohh great!

    Come on Ashwin, you can’t actually think anyone is really going to use this as a music player.

  9. Darthagnon said on March 24, 2020 at 12:35 am

    MusicBee is the best – has a good UI, as well as all music filetypes support. Just a PITA to set up.

  10. whatever808 said on March 23, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    Edge gave me this warning:

    This file was blocked because it could harm your device.

  11. Anonymous said on March 23, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    1by1 also is a playlist-free music player. It looks like a file-manager, it is a directory player (full screen, so no small window). I like it very much.

    The latest version (today version 1.95) is however at downloading (MajorGeeks or 1by1-site) intercepted by Windows Defender, because of a virus.
    Can someone investigate this or correct this ?

    1. phxjw said on March 23, 2020 at 4:42 pm

      I just downloaded 1by1 (version 1.95) without any problems through Major Geeks. I use Windows Defender and ran it through Virustotal. Passed with flying colors. 0/70 engines detected anything wrong.

      1. Anonymous said on March 24, 2020 at 1:25 am

        I (the complainer) have now (circa 8 hours after the first failed download) indeed downloaded 1by1 without WD interception. So I think something has been corrected.

        All in all I am back happy again.

  12. Smere said on March 23, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Another Ashwin special, just written to be filler. There a multitude of good media players you could have picked that don’t look like something a 6 year old put together yet you picked this. You weren’t even consistent in the naming it turned in to Vox by the end.

  13. Niefer said on March 23, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Seems you have not seen 1By1 – https://mpesch3.de/1by1.html

  14. Yuliya said on March 23, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    AIMP is the absolute best music player ever made, both on Windows and Android 🧡
    Lightweight too.

    1. Anonymous said on March 23, 2020 at 11:43 pm

      After so many years, Winamp is still the best. Nothing can beat it.

      1. Allwynd said on March 26, 2020 at 12:09 pm


        foobar2000 already beat it long ago when it was supporting audio formats that would probably make Winamp crash.

        All Winamp ever had was popularity, and popularity sparked the creation of skins and some extensions, foobar2000 on the other hand, had most of these stuff built-in and the extensions expanded the player to an extent Winamp can’t even dream of. Even the most prominent aspect of Winamp – the skins were piss poor – shiny and beautiful, but piss poor in terms of functionality.

    2. Weilan said on March 23, 2020 at 9:56 pm

      foobar2000 is better.

      1. Dr Know said on March 24, 2020 at 1:42 am

        Agreed that foobar2000 is excellent – I’ve used it for so many years. Probably from around when it was released as it was so light-weight for gaming (it still is).
        Outstanding customisation for those that dig around :)

    3. s1amson wuzzuppy said on March 23, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      Wrong. Winamp was and is still, the best ever.

      1. Yuliya said on March 23, 2020 at 7:26 pm

        Always felt like bloatware spaghetticode trash to me.

    4. John said on March 23, 2020 at 3:40 pm

      Agreed! Very nice player and reads all popular file formats. Also you can convert files and add tags to them.

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