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On my company computer running Windows 7, I don't have administrator rights, so both iTunes and Winamp refuse to install. Is there any decent mp3 player software I can install anyway? Bonus points for those players which can read an iTunes library without a lengthy conversion/scanning process.

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Is this okay with your network admins? It's not worth losing your job over some background music. –  Shinrai Sep 10 '10 at 14:20
Good thought! In my case, the admins don't mind - colleagues also listen to music (with headphones, of course). I also don't put the mp3 files on the company computer, but keep them on my own external hard drive. –  Jens Bannmann Sep 17 '10 at 8:05

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You might want to look at some of the applications mentioned at portableapps.com. These are stand-alone apps that can be run from, for example, an USB stick and do not require installation.

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+1, was about to suggest this, very useful for all kinds of applications. Check their apps page and scroll down to the "music and video" section for a selection. –  DMA57361 Sep 10 '10 at 8:08

I've always liked coolplayer, just a single .exe http://coolplayer.sourceforge.net/

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  • Try portable VLC

  • Try this standalone media player XULPlayer. No need to install

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  • Go here and downlad zipped version of vlc . just extract it , no installation required
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There's a usb install option for foobar2000 as of the latest version. Considering an itunes library is really just a folder, just point whicherver you choose and it, and you'll be good

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