CherryPlayer is a freeware closed-source media player of streaming media, audio and video files for the Microsoft Windows operating systems. It supports almost all popular audio and video file formats, streaming protocols, subtitle files and playlists. A distinctive feature of the player is the minimum number of settings (which initially gave rise to compare it in this regard with the browser Chrome) and the ability to play almost any streaming video and audio broadcasts, including live ones and radio.
aac, ac3, aif, aifc, aiff, alac, amr, au, caf, flac, m4a, m4b, m4p, m4r, mka, mp1, mp2, mp3, ogg, oma, ra, voc, wav, wma, wv
3g2, 3gp, 3gp2, 3gpp, amv, asf, avi, divx, dv, evo, f4v, flv, hdmov, m1v, m2p, m2v, m4v, mkv, mov, mp2v, mp4, mp4v, mpe, mpeg, mpg, mpv2, mpv4, ogm, ogv, pva, qt, ram, rm, rmm, rmvb, rpm, rv, vob, webm, wm, wmp, wmv
m3u, m3u8, pls
Along with the conclusive advantages comparing with other media players, there are also significant shortcomings:
|2.4.3 (beta 1)||07-10-2016|
|2.4.3 (beta 2)||11-25-2016|
Judging by the libraries present in the distribution of CherryPlayer, from the very first version user interface was based on the Qt (or rather QML). It's unknown whether any other technique used but Qt. By the same dll files in the distribution it is known that FFmpeg library is used. Also it is known that from one version of the player to another FFmpeg library files are replaced by newer, that indicates updating of the FFmpeg files, but this fact is nowhere mentioned - even in release notes.
The information about the developers is closed. On the forums and the discussion areas of the player, those who introduce themselves as the developers answer the questions and proposals in Russian. On the official blog, the description of the new version is written in English and Russian languages (but only beginning with the version 2.1.1). However, the domain cherryplayer.com is registered by the person with a Swedish name and surname (JOHAN WENNBERG) and a Swedish address. Sweden is specified in the description of the official YouTube channel CherryPlayer.
The description of the domain also indicates the organization "WAKENET AB" whose main activity is focused on "Advertising and market research, Media representation." It needs to be pointed out that one "Johan" has also been posting on the official blog. It is unknown whether the organization "WAKENET AB" has been directly related to the development of CherryPlayer, yet probing this organization via a Google search returns mentions of it in the context of the player.
On some forums, there are a few posts reporting that CherryPlayer helps to avoid lags in playback videos and especially live streams in high resolution on Twitch.tv, which are observed even with a good internet connection speed. It is noted that this happens due to the low use of system resources compared to the browser, along with the use of less traffic and thanks to the available hardware acceleration.