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Multimedia 8: A Feature-Rich Replacement For Native Windows 8 Media Player

There’s been a lot of discussion regarding how Windows 8 would end up as an entertainment platform. Since a media player is a keystone feature of any multimedia device, Windows 8 ships with one too (following the usual Windows Media Player norm from previous iterations). However, this time it also comes with a brand new Modern UI styled media player, even though it isn’t something astonishing. If you fancy the new Modern UI and find the default media player quite primitive for your taste, then Multimedia 8 is probably what you’re looking for. It’s a Metro Modern app that is more than capable of satisfying all your multimedia needs, and supports playback for both audio and video files. It also allows you to select from among a slew of different themes, play media files in loop, enable subtitles and trim down your favorite audio/video sections from within the player. Furthermore, Multimedia 8 contains an integrated audio and video recording feature.

You can find Multimedia 8 in Windows Store. Open Windows Store and type ‘Multimedia 8’ (without quotation marks, of course) in the search field of Charms Bar. Once on the the app’s in-store page, click Install to download it to your machine.

Multimedia 8 _Windows Store

The application itself looks extremely slick and elegant, and fully embraces the Modern UI. Upon initial launch, it automatically scans audio and video files stored on your device or PC. The main screen emulates the Windows 8 tile design with Live Tile support. Not only does it allow you to play media files from your local drives, but from a properly configured Media Server as well. You can use swipe gestures or mouse wheel to scroll through the tiles – besides, it depends on the type of device on which you’re running Windows 8.

Multimedia 8

The playback window looks quite minimalistic and shows album image in the middle. There are controls for volume adjuster, pause, trim and loop functions, and the music keeps on playing even when the app is minimized. The application also fully supports playlist creation.

Multimedia 8_Music

I tried throwing a handful of different video formats at the application, and it didn’t flinch even once playback. However, the application failed to recognize some popular file extensions, such as the MKV. Another noteworthy feature of Multimedia 8 is its ability to play 3D videos. You can change the picture view mode via the miniscule button to the bottom right within the video controls.

Multimedia 8_Video

The Options menu of the app (click Settings in the Charms Bar to access options) enables you to change Color theme, 3D Video mode and Concurrent thumbnail generation operation frequency.

Multimedia 8_Options

In a nutshell, Multimedia 8 is one of the best Modern UI media players app available for Windows 8, which clearly takes the lead over native media player. It works only on Windows 8.


  1. Downloaded it, but not tried it yet. Hopefully it will be better than the dire built-in Music app, which, in the process of syncing your library with the Microsoft cloud, renames most of it (fortunately not affecting the original metadata).

    I’ve also found the Video app to struggle with videos that Media Player/Media Center/Zune have no problem with. Has anyone else experienced this, and is Multimedia 8 better?

  2. It’s a gorgeous app, but lacks the ability to recover (in
    other words EXIT) from a crash or unplayable video. Free, is better, of course,
    but I’d be willing to pay a small app fee to use this app if it had a few improvements.
    I WOULD NOT pay for it in the form it is in right now. Many times the only
    option is to open TASK MANAGER and kill the app, to be able to recover from it
    getting stuck on an unplayable video. It also needs an option to select just
    certain videos from a folder, especially in Windows 8 RT. Right now it seems
    the options are one video at a time, or Select All. Which neither is a great
    option when enjoying multimedia. All and all………. It’s a great start……… but the
    little quirks will drive you mad!

  3. I tried it with my Windows 8 but on many occasions it crashed. Developed of this app need to do some more improvements to prevent crashes.

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