Oh I hated it when I first started using it, but the more you use it you discover it's the absolute best - and FREE content player ever.

It's more than just a player, you can stream to your handheld device or other computers on your network.

I use it to watch TV shows and Moovies, while I sleep, cos I have insomnia, so I have to have the noise in the background. I use VLC Remote by Hobbyist Software on my iPhone (They have Droid and Windows 8 Phone Versions). I can control VLC from the NET. I can stream what I am watching on my TV into my device - From a mile away.

Ya cant do that with WMP. Media Center, or iTunes.

If you frequent their forums, you will discover all kinds of things you can do to get the best playback even from lousy media files.