The classic skin is still valid and there will be new news soon.
Long before the advent of YouTube and the rise of streaming services in the mid-1990s, music was played on MP3 and the player par excellence was Winamp. Over the years, the life of this application has faded.
That platform for playing MP3 audio files disappeared after presenting its latest version at the end of 2013, but a developer group was working on his comeback that, after a deadline set for 2019, finally was finalized this week.
“We are building Winamp for the next generation. Not just updated, but fully remastered. The new Winamp connects you with your music wherever you are. It brings you closer to the artists you love. It is the home of your favorite music podcasts and radio stations”, reads the Official site.
This version is identified as Winamp 5.9 RC1 Build 9999″ and, although its interface did not change much to the delight of the most nostalgic, its managers promise that behind its facade there are big changes.
The classic skin is still valid and the different columns and functions of the player seem intact. However, the bulk of the changes They are behind your figure.
One of the most important novelties is that compatibility with Windows 11 has been improved, since the older version supports only Windows 7.
Other optimizations at the library level, playlists, podcast directories and device information have also been incorporated.
The idea of its creators is to dispute a place with the VLCwhose specialization is oriented to video but can play audio files, albeit with an unfriendly interface.
“This is the culmination of 4 years of work since the release of version 5.8. Two development teams and a pandemic-induced hiatus period in between. We’ve laid the groundwork and now we can focus more on features, whether it’s fixing/replacing old ones or adding new ones,” reads the post signed by DJ Egg.
The final version will still take a little longer to arrive. Its developers promise to include native support for opus, ogv/ogm, TS, H.265, HLS and VP9 formats and support for new online services.
The program can be downloaded from this place. Some sites, such as Bleeping Computer, point out that the Winamp executable program can be detected as malware, although it is a false positive.
Winamp: chronology of the star player of the MP3 era
- The player was created in 1997 by the American company Nullsoft and distributed free of charge.
- The first version of Winamp with plugin support was Winamp 1.90. It was also the first to include an MP3 file that made mention of a llama’s butt.
- In 1999 it was acquired by the AOL company. With mobile versions in between and an absolute drop in popularity, in 2014 it was bought by Radionomy, its current owner.
- By 2000, at the height of its popularity, it had more than 22 million users.
- In 2002 Nullsoft (already integrated into AOL) released a rewritten version of Winamp from scratch but it was unsuccessful, first because it consumed too many system resources and also because it was very unstable.