(1) Software that "plays" audio, video or animation files in the computer. In the Windows world, Windows Media Player is the default player from Microsoft, but iTunes, RealPlayer and other software are also widely used. The media player in early Windows (3.x) versions was called simply "Media Player." iTunes and QuickTime Player are the default products for the Mac.Organize, Play, Rip, Burn, Purchase and StreamMedia players provide most or all of the following features. They allow users to organize their multimedia collection, play songs and movies, rip CD tracks to MP3 and other audio formats, burn CDs, listen to Internet radio, download content from online music stores and stream content from the Internet. See Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, QuickTime and iTunes.
(computing) A hardware device that performs the same function, often also acting as a data storage device.