Update: Alexandre Saboundjian, CEO of Radionomy has now confirmed that Winamp will be making its way back next year. Alexandre shared a couple of details in an interview with TechCrunch including the fact that they’re working on a new Android and iOS app as well.
There will be a completely new version next year, with the legacy of Winamp but a more complete listening experience. You can listen to the MP3s you may have at home, but also to the cloud, to podcasts, to streaming radio stations, to a playlist you perhaps have built. Winamp users really are everywhere. It’s a huge number. We have a really strong and important community. But everybody ‘knows’ that Winamp is dead, that we don’t work on it any more. This is not the case.
What I see today is you have to jump from one player to another player or aggregator if you want to listen to a radio station, to a podcast player if you want to listen to a podcast — this, to me, is not the final experience. People want one single experience. I think Winamp is the perfect player to bring that to everybody. And we want people to have it on every device.
– Alexandre Saboundjian, CEO, Radionomy
Saboundjian didn’t share how this “one single experience” will work especially since we now have so many different music apps like Apple Music, Spotify, Prime Music, etc. The app will get an update to v5.8 this week but the big news is v6 which will be making a grand comeback next year along with mobile apps as well. It will be interesting to see how the company plans to bring back this iconic media player as it has been the first media player of every 90s child (including me). Moreover, I do personally hope that it retains its trademark intro upon installation- “WINAMP. It really whips the llama’s ass.”
Original Story: Remember Winamp, that famous media player from pre VLC era. It looks like Radionomy is planning to resurrect Winamp media player for Windows 10.
Radionomy is the company that owns Winamp right now and they did promise updates to the app but we didn’t hear much from them. Sometime back the developers published a new changelog but they didn’t add a new package. However, a new version of the app has been leaked online which supports the all modern Operating Systems including Windows 10. You can check out the full changelog of the update below.
- New: Windows Audio (WASAPI) Output plug-in (w.i.p.)
- Improved: Added an option to completely disable Winamp’s video support
- Improved: Added an auto-fullscreen option to video prefs
- Improved: Added /ENUMPLAYLISTS to the command-line support
- Improved: Windows 8.1 and 10 compatibility
- Improved: [in_mod] OpenMPT-based Module Player (replaces old MikMod player)
- Improved: [ml_playlists] Added browse path & edit title functions in Ctrl+E editor
- Improved: [Bento] Updated scrollbars and buttons and other tweaks (thanks Martin)
- Improved: [Bento & Modern skins] Added a Playlist Search feature (thanks Victor)
- Fixed: New URLs not being remembered after using Reset history in Open URL dialog
- Fixed: Various memory leaks
- Fixed: [gen_tray] Not showing correct current icon pack in preferences
- Fixed: [in_avi] Divide-by-zero crash with badly formed files (thanks ITDefensor)
- Fixed: [in_mp3] Crashing with some ID3v2 tags
- Fixed: [ml_wire] Slow loading issue
- Fixed: [ssdp] Crash on load if jnetlib was not correctly initialized
- Misc: Minimum required OS is now Win XP sp3 (Windows 7 or higher recommended)
- Misc: More general tweaks, improvements, fixes and optimizations
- Misc: Moved shared DLLs to Winamp\Shared folder
- Misc: MP3 Encoder must now be downloaded manually (to Shared folder)
- Removed: All former “Pro” licensed functions (Winamp is now 100% freeware again)
- Removed: gen_jumpex & UnicodeTaskbarFix (making way for native implementations)
- Removed: [in_wm] DRM support
- Replaced: CD playback and ripping now using native Windows API (instead of Sonic)
- Replaced: MP3 Decoder now mpg123 based (instead of Fraunhofer)
- Replaced: AAC Decoder now using Media Foundation (Vista and higher)
- Replaced: H.264 Decoder now using Media Foundation (Vista and higher)
- Replaced: MPEG-4 Pt.2 Decoder now using Media Foundation (Vista and higher)
- Updated: [in_vorbis] libogg 1.3.2 & libvorbis 1.3.5 (aoTuV b6.03)
- Updated: [libyajl] libyajl v2.1.0
- Updated: [OpenSSL] OpenSSL v1.0.1i
- Updated: [png] libpng v1.5.24
The new v5.8 of the app is supposed to fix the compatibility issues and bring a dedicated setting that lets you disable Winamp’s video support. We still don’t know if the update is final or if they plan to release it soon. However, we do know that the company is working on bringing the app back from the dead. The app is currently available for download but do note that the VirusTotal scan raised a red flag so download and install it at your own risk. You can get the latest Winamp build here. The VirusTotal scan result can be checked online here.