Winamp It is the music software that will never die, it seems. Warbler notes that the recent developers released the first update to the classic MP3 program (5.9 RC1 Build 9999) in four years. While not a dramatic change on the outside, the producers described it as the “culmination” of years of hard work, including two sets and a break due to the pandemic. There are significant changes at the moment, including a move to a much newer development platform.
The software has a long history. Winamp rose to fame as the playback software of choice during the early music download era – it was home to all the MP3s you (or maybe your parents) got from new digital stores and peer-to-peer apps. It played many common formats, and was known for its highly customizable interface skins and interface visualizations.
Parent company AOL (previously owner of Engadget) shut down in 2013, years after rival apps and streaming options like Spotify took over, but that wasn’t the end. Radiology Winamp bought in 2014 to help with his online music plans. and the team recently promised a “completely remastered” experience with podcast and radio features as well as a closer connection with artists.
The return of Winamp will not revive the digital zeitgeist of the turn of the millennium. Streaming is even bigger, and you probably listen more on your phone or smart speaker than you do on your computer. If the llama-themed startup sound is permanently etched in your brain, however, this could be a welcome dose of nostalgia.
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