Before there were platforms like Spotify, if you wanted to listen to music on your PC, you had no choice but to install an MP3 player. Of course you’ll have to get the songs yourself and copy them to your computer’s hard drive in order to listen to them through applications like Winamp.
In the 90s, Winamp was a player that was a bit heavy to use, with lots of options and sections, but with very small print and navigation that wasn’t exactly ‘intuitive’.
Still, it was the best option for listening to music in a more ‘professional’ way. In the 2000s, it was common to see a Winamp in the bar’s stereo, in a corner behind the bar. Nowadays applications like Spotify, Tidal or YouTube Music have taken over, making Winamp little more than a nostalgic memory.
Winamp returns with its first major update in 4 years
Although Winamp never disappeared, the truth is that the application changed in 2014 after AOL terminated the project. Radionomy, the startup company behind Winamp, released an update to the player in 2016 and another revision in 2018.
The idea was to publish a new version in 2019, but development took longer and has not yet come to light due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This new version is called Winamp 5.9 RC1 Build 1999 has focused primarily on updating the “guts” of the player, modernizing the codebase from Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2019.
In addition, many audio codecs have also been updated to new versions, Compatibility with Windows 11 has been improved As well as streaming audio playback via HTTPS.
On a visual level, there isn’t much to highlight. The music player takes you back in time in a jiffy, with the same look Winamp has been playing with for decades. For some it will be a missed opportunity, but for others it is a touch of charm and almost a hallmark of the home.
If you’re interested in trying out this new version of the player, you can download it now from the official Winamp website.