Windows Week: 5 must-have music & video apps for Windows 8.1

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Windows-powered tablets, notebooks and even desktop systems are used by millions of people around the world to entertain themselves with videos and music, so it’s only natural that the Windows Store will have tons of apps that cater to that huge market in various ways. Here are five apps that will help you watch, create or simply enjoy music and videos on your Windows 8 PC or tablet.

Guitartionary
Free

Guitartionary

This very simple app is like a dictionary, but for guitar chords as it shows you what the various guitar chords look like. All you need to do is enter the chord you need, and the app will show you where, exactly, you need to place your fingers along the fret board to play it. It’s a useful tool for beginners, and a handy reference to have as you work your way to trickier lessons.

Rating: 5/5

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “Makes learning guitar chords simple.[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Download it from the Windows Store [/symple_box]

Plex
R49.99 (No trial)

Plex

Plex is an all-in-one, do-anything media-playing solution that lets you organise and watch your media collection no matter where it’s stored. It pulls all kinds of metadata about your media from the internet, showing things like movie and CD covers, cast and track lists, trivia and more. It’s an all-round media solution that’s nice to look at and even better to use.

Rating: 5/5

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “One of the best media players around[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Download it from the Windows Store [/symple_box]

FL Studio Groove
R49.99 (No trial)

FL Studio Groove

FL Studio Groove puts the ability to make music right at your fingertips – literally! It lets you make complete songs using samples and loops, and it’s complete enough that you can even make entire songs if you like. There are a ton of online tutorials to walk you through the basics, but it’s an easy enough system that you’ll be pumping out the tunes in very little time.

Rating: 5/5

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “Music making made easy.[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Get it from the Windows Store [/symple_box]

XBMC Remote+
Free

XBMX Remote+

XBMC Remote + complements your existing XBMC media player by acting as a remote control, and letting you browse through your media collection while a video or music track plays. The interface arranges everything in an easy-to-navigate, touch-friendly manner, and it’s especially handy for getting music playing through your home entertainment system without having to turn on your TV.

Rating: 5/5

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “A full-featured media remote[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Get it from the Windows Store [/symple_box]

VLC for Windows 8
Free

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When you don’t need a full-featured media management solution for your music and videos, a simple but effective media player app will do instead. VLC media player is an open source application that plays all multimedia file formats, from files, streams and discs on all platform. It plays just about every kind of music and video file quickly and easily, and the new Modern UI design puts full-screen control at your fingertips.

Rating: 5/5

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “Simple, like media players should be[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Download it from the Windows Store [/symple_box]

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.

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