Winamp – Miss me?

After a short hiatus the popular MP3 player is back and poised to dominate the llama market.

After a short hiatus the popular MP3 player is back and poised to dominate the llama market.

They’re back! After news of their return in 2018, Winamp is popular again; though active development on it stopped in 2013., the Winamp 5.9 release candidate is now available for download  (via Bleeping Computer)).

Winamp 5.9 Release Candidate 1 Build 9999 has a long list of updates to go over, with the major ones including: a move from Visual Studio 2017 to 2019, libraries & encoders being updated and compatibility changes for Windows 11.

DJ Egg posted the following in the Winamp forum: ‘This is the culmination of 4 years’ work since the 5.8 release. Two dev teams, and a pandemic-induced hiatus period in-between. To the end-user, it might not seem like there’s a whole heap of changes, but the largest and hardest part was actually migrating the entire project from VS2008 to VS2019 and getting it all to build successfully. The groundwork has now been laid, and now we can concentrate more on features.’

Judging from this, it appears as if there is some work to be done. There are known issues, including problems with the Milkdrop visualization feature and older plugins. Some of these should be relatively simple fixes to older .dll files. Winamp holds a place in many PC user’s hearts. Before the days of streaming services, the MP3 was king. It wasn’t too hard to rip CDs and encode them to MP3.

One of the things I loved was its support for lossless codecs including APE and FLAC, which allowed me to enjoy my favorite music. at higher bitrates. I am happy to see the return of Winamp. For now, this is just a beta, but in time it will come with more features and updates as needed. Those who want to make sure they don’t miss out on what comes next can get their hands on it by trying out the beta right here at winamp.

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