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What Is Dead May Never Die: Winamp Is Back And Still Whippin The Llama's Ass



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What Is Dead May Never Die: Winamp Is Back And Still Whippin The Llama's a*s
 

 



Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, before the days of the iPod and the iTunes Music Store, there was an app called Winamp. People over the age of 30ish will remember Winamp as the premiere music player for people using Napster, Limewire, and Kazaa to illegally download Aerosmith MP3s to their Gateway desktop computers. (For anyone younger than that: It was like Spotify, but you needed to collect every single song you wanted to listen to manually and add it to the app yourself.)

Like a lot of influential Windows 95-era PC apps, it was eventually outpaced by newer software and business models and forgotten, but it has technically never actually been dead. Winamp's original incarnation petered out in late 2013, shut down by AOL after years of mismanagement. A company called Radionomy bought the remains of Winamp from AOL in January 2014 and leaked an update to the app in 2016; a revised version of this build was officially released in 2018, and a major version 6.0 update was planned for 2019.

This plan obviously didn't pan out. But last week, for the first time in four years, Radionomy released a new version of Winamp. The release notes for Winamp 5.9 RC1 Build 1999 say that the update represents four years of work across two separate development teams, delayed in between by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most of the work done in this build focuses on behind-the-scenes work that modernizes the codebase, which means it still looks and acts like a turn-of-the-millennium Windows app. The entire project has been migrated from Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2019; a wide range of audio codecs have been updated to more modern versions; and support for Windows 11 and https streams have both been improved.

The final release will be version 5.9, with some features targeted for release in version 5.9.1 "and beyond" (version 6.0 goes unmentioned). It requires Windows 7 SP1 or newer, dropping support for Windows XP.

That said, in our limited testing the "new" Winamp is still in many ways an ancient app, one not made for the age of high-resolution, high-density displays. This may cause usability problems, depending on what you're trying to run it on. But hey, for all you people out there still trying to keep hope alive, it's nice to see something on Winamp.com that isn't a weird NFT project and a promise of updates yet to come.



visit this link Winamp, the best MP3 player of the 1990s, just got a major update | Ars Technica

Download: visit this link Winamp 5.9 RC1
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 2 months ago '05        #2
stanis3k  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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Yesterday's death is not today's death
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 2 months ago '21        #3
Lynel Ritchie 
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RIP Wesley Willis

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 2 months ago '06        #4
siren 
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Should’ve made a version for Mac users.
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 2 months ago '19        #5
BaliBoy 
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 siren said
Should’ve made a version for Mac users.
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 2 months ago '18        #6
Proffesor X  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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It's like dl a block buster video...like ....where do you play it.....
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 2 months ago '19        #7
MP2019  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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The good ol days…
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 2 months ago '05        #8
Micheal C. Will  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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Napster + Winamp

Let me go check it out, just for nostalgia see how the app is in 2022
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 2 months ago '16        #9
rempleTakalaka  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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I used to like using different custom winamp skins.



Back in like 2002, I started to build a carputer and had plans of outputing all my media to winamp. Had almost everything lined up, then hard times came about.

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 2 months ago '08        #10
flav 
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 rempleTakalaka said
I used to like using different custom winamp skins.



Back in like 2002, I started to build a carputer and had plans of outputing all my media to winamp. Had almost everything lined up, then hard times came about.

My n*gga

MP3car.com was the sh*t!!!!

Built my CatPC back in 2008 and yep… the platform behind my car interface was indeed Winamp







Maaaannn fun times… built that thing from scratch and made sure to make it look as factory as possible… bondo, sanding for DAYS, black dye spray to match the black trim in the car, damn….you brought back some solid memories bro
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 2 months ago '04        #11
doczdaname  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Yezzur, thanks for the link OP. I use to use this sh*t all day everyday.

 2 months ago '04        #12
cuzjuan  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 flav said
My n*gga

MP3car.com was the sh*t!!!!

Built my CatPC back in 2008 and yep… the platform behind my car interface was indeed Winamp







Maaaannn fun times… built that thing from scratch and made sure to make it look as factory as possible… bondo, sanding for DAYS, black dye spray to match the black trim in the car, damn….you brought back some solid memories bro
car look advanced asf
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 2 months ago '04        #13
xbossxplayax 
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i wouldnt mind a real life version the size of those "stereos" that folks used to take out after they park they car
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 2 months ago '08        #14
Saitoh Kaiba 
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still use mine
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 2 months ago '05        #15
mezziebone 
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i still use winamp
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 2 months ago '17        #16
bayareabosses 
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 rempleTakalaka said
I used to like using different custom winamp skins.



Back in like 2002, I started to build a carputer and had plans of outputing all my media to winamp. Had almost everything lined up, then hard times came about.

me too mega man one was dope

 2 months ago '16        #17
Ictp 
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WinRAR, Winamp, VLC, DC++ and uTorrent treated us like uncrowned kings man. I wish they were the ones charging 5€ not a sh*tty a*s app filled with ads...and these kids pay it laughing thinking they made a deal.
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 2 months ago '17        #18
LostTenets  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x48
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 Ictp said
WinRAR, Winamp, VLC, DC++ and uTorrent treated us like uncrowned kings man. I wish they were the ones charging 5€ not a sh*tty a*s app filled with ads...and these kids pay it laughing thinking they made a deal.
It is a deal. Streaming services are incredibly efficient

 2 months ago '11        #19
Silencer  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Winamp has a dope equalizer if you have a custom car stereo setup.
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 2 months ago '06        #20
King Allister 
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 LostTenets said
It is a deal. Streaming services are incredibly efficient
stream torrents same thing. (we showing age od)

 2 months ago '19        #21
cnbftbgb 
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 Lynel Ritchie said
RIP Wesley Willis

I whooped


Batman’s a*ssss




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 2 months ago '11        #22
T-800  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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Yeahhhhhh boiiiiii I remember downloading mad sh*t on Napster and playing it on Winamp. I remember you could download skins for it and sh*t too
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 2 months ago '11        #23
T-800  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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 Silencer said
Winamp has a dope equalizer if you have a custom car stereo setup.
Yeah you took me back I remember fu*king with that equalizer
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 2 months ago '04        #24
spicaly 
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I'm still using version 2.80
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 2 months ago '05        #25
Tounw 
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man o man the power of nostalgia, thanks for the post OP



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