Forte Agent is the newsreader of choice for most of the Usenet regulars using Windows. Agent is flexible and powerful. Go to http://www.forteinc.com/ to get Agent. It is the best $29 you can spend. They offer a 30-day free trial. They also offer Free Agent for absolutely free (described below).Follow these links for tips and discussions on the most common Agent topics:
Associating Winamp (or your favorite player) to launch MP3s from within Agent .
More Agent Tips - a collection of Agent tips
Excellent starter. Free Agent gives you some idea of what life could be like with a "real" newsreader. Make sure you visit the site Installation and Usage Guide for Forte Free Agent.
Popular and widely distributed, but not very good for binaries. See the Sub-FAQ.
Gravity - loved and cursed. Does some things well. Available from Tucows and other such shareware sites. The Microplanet site has closed down. Nomad News - Free. Usenet News Browser & Automated Retriever for Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP. Originally created by DMP Software sometime around 1999. Includes yEnc decoding.
Netscape - almost worthless for binaries. If you have to use it in a pinch, read this (Section 1, #7). You will also need to download a decoder if you don't have Winzip.