And what's this? Codecs included? Tell me about those
24 video codecs, none for audio formats - not even mp3.
Actually, ALShow plays OGG, MP3, and WMA as well. There are a few undocumented formats.
ALShow also will play FLV files - just get the codec from the ALShow Codec Center and you're good to go.
There are quite a few people that use ALShow as their MP3 player. For some reason they prefer ALShow to ALSong for music playback. Why? Not sure. ALSong is a much better music player as it's specifically made for that. (My favorite part of ALSong is the playlist - it's done RIGHT.)
For the Codecs Included thing — There are a lot of codecs included in the player directly, and when ALShow doesn't have the right codec, it can pop up a window to tell you what you need and help you download and install the codec. It really beats searching for codecs as it only takes about 1 minute to get the right codec installed and play the video then.
It's a very slick little player and the CPU usage is very low. Well, that pretty much goes for all ALTools - there's a lot of programming effort that goes into keeping resource usage as low as possible because we try to support older systems as much as possible. ALTools still support Windows 98 even! (I'm not very keen on supporting Windows 98, but we still do...)