winamp has returned after 9 years of absence. The multimedia player is one of the most remembered for its characteristic interface, and in 2021 the news came that the developers were working on a new version.
Before the arrival of Spotify, and even YouTube, Winamp was one of the most used multimedia players. In 2013, it became known that it would no longer be supported and would disappear from the internet. However, eight years later it was announced that a relaunch was in the works.
The developers did not spend four years working continuously, as they had to take a forced break of several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, a ‘Release Candidate’ of the revamped player is now available.
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What does Winamp 5.9 RC 1 bring?
According to what was reported by Xataka, the changes are not in the interface, but in the interior. “The modern skin is still in place and the different columns and functions of the player seem intact. Nevertheless, the bulk of the update comes from within: Visual Studio 2008 code base migrated to Visual Studio 2019 to add new features”, assures the medium.
However, these are not yet present. “By working on Visual Studio 2019 the team now has the necessary foundation to work on a more substantial update. Of course, along the way we have also lost some compatibility. Winamp no longer supports Windows XP, Windows Vista and earlier versions“, Add.
Its use, like the original version, will be focused on Windows. “The new minimum requirements require Windows 7 SP1 or higher. This means that the player works flawlessly on all later versions of the Microsoft operating systemincluding Windows 11″, he points out.
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How to download Winamp 5.9 RC 1?
It’s very simple: you just have to go to the page with the return note winamp and search ‘Direct Download‘. Just click on it and an .exe file will be downloaded. Follow the instructions to get the player back on your PC and you’re done.
If the antivirus start warning about this program, don’t worry, because they are false positives. Being a “new” program and not a final version, it is not detected as a product from a known developer, so its use is automatically blocked. You just have to disable your security systems while you install it. If you still feel insecure, you can wait for the official release of the program.
Also, if you are nostalgic for the original look of Winamp, you can change the ‘skin’ to have the classic model with green letters and yellow controls.