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I'm looking for a UPNP/DLNA Client for Windows.

The server is MediaTomb on a Ubuntu box.

The clients are Windows (any, XP and up).

I'm looking for a simplistic music player program but failed to identify any.
I'm hoping for something in the style of Winamp or Windows Media Player.

I've looked, but so far only been able to achieve playback on Windows with HTPC-ish software like XBMC, and on an android cellphone (several players for that there, all worked fine).

Edit: Just to clarify, I'm not looking for an HTPC Suite (IE XBMC), I'm looking for a regular-looking music player.

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I settled on Serviio: – Linker3000 Jul 5 '11 at 23:05
That's a server, I'm asking about a client. – DM8 Jul 5 '11 at 23:24
Yes, in an earlier edit of your post you listed some alternative servers you were thinking of trying and I am suggesting Serviio is worth a look too. – Linker3000 Jul 6 '11 at 8:28
indeed, but still that was not my problem, which is why I removed that to make it clearer ;) ... I'm really amazed that googling for this piece of information is so difficult, I can't believe that there is NO music player software for windows that speaks DLNA/UPnP... (as in a program, not an HTPC suite) yet I can't find one! – DM8 Jul 6 '11 at 20:52
Ive tried a few of the suggestions on this page but afaik none of them allow me to connect to a remote IP address the way that the bubbleupnp android app does. They all assume my upnp server is on my local LAN. I can't believe there is nothing similar to bubbleupnp for other platforms. – Octopus Oct 22 '13 at 21:15
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foobar2000 has a supported DNLA plugin. Its winamp-styled, configurable and works pretty well in general

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I know this is ancient, but as of 2013 it still seems like foobar2000 is the only game in town for upnp Windows players. But the upnp/DLNA plugin is REALLY slow (like 30-45 sec) to detect servers, and in the meantime it locks up the whole foobar2000 UI. Wish there were something better. – GaryO Mar 19 '13 at 23:36
@GaryO How about XBMC? It supports audio as well and it's constantly developing. – Alireza Noori Aug 26 '13 at 11:32
@Alireza: I thought XBMC was "heavyweight" -- full screen, big download, with fancy TV-style giant text and so on, kind of the opposite of what a music player should be (tiny window, simple, unobtrusive). But I'll check it out to see if that's changed. – GaryO Aug 27 '13 at 12:48
@GaryO Sorry. I thought you were looking for a Server and I consider XBMC to be very light on resource considering its features. But overall, for a music player, I consider MusicBee and MediaMonkey to be the best in the market. – Alireza Noori Aug 27 '13 at 13:43

Believe it or not Windows Media Player sees my mediatomb server - unfortunately it won't play the files on it due to codec issues, but it may work for you.

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How did it see the server? Are you using any plugins? – Simon Sheehan Nov 9 '11 at 21:21
@SimonSheehan Windows Media Player in Windows 7 supports DLNA natively. – Ben Richards Jan 20 '12 at 1:21
Emdeedee is correct. Although WMP does support DLNA natively, it doesn't support that many codecs. You really need to get a codec pack as well. Try the K-Lite codec pack. – Julian Knight Jun 12 '12 at 22:11
WMP11 on Windows XP cannot act as a DLNA client/browser, just in case you're using XP and can't find it. – Aaron Feb 13 '13 at 20:18

MediaMonkey plays over DLNA. Also syncs with lots of devices.

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...and the Gold edition supports transcoding on the fly as well. – wonea Dec 12 '12 at 13:22

Kinsky works nicely. It's a control point only, so it reads a remote library and renders to a (remote) player. I use it for Serviio + Onkyo receiver (DLNA enabled).

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Try foobar2000 + pair it with ArkMC application (free trial also available) on your devices, will work perfectly!

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There is a Winamp plugin called ml_dlna that is supposed to work. Some people have problems loading it but the problem seems to be that you have to have the "Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package (x86)" installed even if you have a 64-bit operating system.

Microsoft Media Player does work but does not seem to have the codecs it needs. But if I try it a few times it seems to work. I use Mezzmo as a server though, and it supports transcodeing, so it might be converting them on the fly.

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Have you tried VLC?

Upgrade it to VLC media player 2.0.1 Twoflower. UPnP was added back into the Windows build as of V2. If you still like your V1.1 for some reason you can always parallel install V2 in a different folder. Open the Playlist menu. On the left side, click on Local Network and Universal Plug'n'Play should be an item, click on it and wait from a few seconds up to 30 seconds or so to list all the media servers on your lan. Click on your media server's icon and work with its media listings. It may take a while for it to populate a large collection's listings. You can build playlists from there.

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I use VLC regularly but afaik (and as far as google is willing to say) it doesn't act as a DLNA/UPnP client. – DM8 Jul 5 '11 at 23:27
Yes it does - read the VLC FAQs/Forums or see this post:… – Linker3000 Jul 6 '11 at 8:28
as it is mentioned in that forum post linked above, there is no 'upnp' option in the services discovery config (using vlc-1.1.10-win32) .. I have searched and searched, but all I get is forum post upon forum post on people discussing that vlc 'should' support it but it doesn't. – DM8 Jul 6 '11 at 21:03
VLC 2.0.1 DOES support uPNP and DLNA and has a good range of built-in codecs. Even better, it supports fast movement through the stream! However, it takes AGES to discover servers and even longer to populate the media lists. It has a tendancy to crash as well. – Julian Knight Jun 12 '12 at 20:59
In fact, let me correct my last comment - it actually crashes CONTINUOUSLY. It crashes during the excessively slow discovery process and then tends to crash after about 50 minutes or so of play from any of my uPNP sources. – Julian Knight Jun 17 '12 at 21:59

I have been searching and testing extensively. The only sotware that fully enables a window pc as a DLNA renderer is XBMC, eith its huge, heavy, memory-eating interface.

Other solutions have different problems: - WMP gets to be listed, but won't decode many contents, and won't support audio - MediaMonkey can be tweaked to load as a rendere player, with just an icon in the system tray shown; but the memory usage is not as light, and it seems to hang when control point starts reproduction of remote streming contnts (icecast, udps etc)

It may look as provocative, but if you just need to remotely operate audio, maybe the best solution is NOT to use a PC as a pure renderer: there are so many cheap Android devices available now (simple tablets, or even an old phone with a broken screen will do!), and there's plenty of DLNA apps available. Instead of setting up a renderer on the Windows OC, with less than 80$ you can set up an Android device to be dedicated to do that.


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iTunes is the ultimate solution for me. With its Home Sharing feature, I can view and listen to my library on any computer running iTunes or iPhone. Sometimes I even stream my music to my AirPort Express with AirTunes. (I'm a Mac guy, but this all works on my Windows PCs too)

Other than that, XBMC or Boxee seems to be the way.

EDIT: Or use Twonky server for linux to keep a dedicated media server.

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already tried it, it fails to see mediatomb – DM8 Jul 5 '11 at 22:57
What is failing to see mediatomb? The idea with this is to replace mediatomb with iTunes. – evan.bovie Jul 5 '11 at 23:02
iTunes as a server? seriously? .... let me spell it out: not interested in having iTunes come ANYWHERE near touching my MP3 collection in that way, that would be like mollestation! ... itunes royally messes everything up, I have no desire whatsoever of losing my file/folder structure ;) --- Besides, this question is about a client, not a server. – DM8 Jul 5 '11 at 23:16
@ XBMC/Boxee yeah I know, I've fooled around with those on my HTPC, but I'm looking for a regular music player proggy not a full HTPC suite. – DM8 Jul 5 '11 at 23:33
Marked down for not answering the question – Julian Knight Jun 12 '12 at 19:43

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