VLC for Chromebook

VLCVLC is an awesome, open source local media player for Windows and Mac that plays just about any media file you throw at it. It isn’t available for Chromebook – currently, the best you can do for local media files is the built in media player.

Chrome OS itself

Chrome OS has a basic music player built into it. Really basic. It will read MP4 movies, MP3 and OGG audio files (full list here), but if you have AAC, FLAC, WMA or any other file format you’re outta luck.

The built in music player
The built in music player
The built in movie player
The built in movie player

Google Drive

It turns out that the Google Drive viewer supports a wider variety of video files (full list here), so if you’re having no luck with the built in viewer, you can upload the file to Drive and try to watch it from there. Note that if your your file is very large, the upload can take a very long time, so this option is best for smaller files.

Spotify for Chromebook

spotify-160pxSpotify is is subscription service for access to a huge collection of music online.

Spotify

Although most Mac and PC users have an app they download, it’s actually available online and works great in Chrome. Spotify have kindly provided this Chrome app, which will let you access your subscription as normal on your Chromebook.

Spotify on the web
Spotify on the web