Winamp to return in 2019 and resume whipping llama ass

The world's greatest desktop music player may be experiencing a rebirth soon.

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If you used a computer between the years of 1998 and 2010 for listening to your pirated music collection, odds are that you may be intimately familiar with Winamp. The once ubiquitous media player began experiencing a slow death following its acquisition by AOL more than ten years ago and has not seen an update since 2013. Fans of Winamp now have reason to rejoice as Radionomy, the current owners of Winamp, have announced that the media player is making a comeback in 2019.

To keep up with the streaming future, the new version of Winamp will see some upgrades to accommodate the changing landscape of digital music and audio. “There will be a completely new version next year, with the legacy of Winamp but a more complete listening experience,” said Alexandre Saboundjian, CEO of Radionomy. “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.”

While Winamp has languished on version 5.666 for years,  a new version 5.8 leaked online this month, bringing along improvements for Windows 10 compatibility. The update is supposed to be officially launched in the coming weeks and is a sort of olive branch to vigilant Winamp users who have stuck with the app after it went on life support.

“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,” Saboundjian explained. The revamped Winamp will also be making its debut on iOS and Android, should users need to pound llama ass on the go. 2019 can’t get here soon enough.

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Chris Jarrard likes playing games, crankin' tunes, and looking for fights on obscure online message boards. He understands that breakfast food is the only true food. Don't @ him.

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    October 15, 2018 2:30 PM

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      October 15, 2018 2:54 PM

      Honestly I would want a WinAmp where I give it my Spotify login credentials and it essentially has a rudimentary Search function. Anything played from searched is automatically downloaded into a cache.

      All the old WinAmp skins still work.

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      October 15, 2018 3:34 PM

      OH SHIT! HELL YEAH BOYEEEE!

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      October 15, 2018 3:42 PM

      Things that would make me purchase and use this:
      Ability to play songs from Google Play Music
      Ability to take a Spotify link and play the same song in Google Play instead
      A bunch of visualizers that react to the audio like I had back in the 90s
      Ability to create playlists larger than 1000 songs (the Google Play Music limit)

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        October 15, 2018 3:50 PM

        Funny because my list would be integrate with Spotify and ignite google music :)

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          October 15, 2018 3:54 PM

          I'm not asking for exclusivity. Given what they said, it sounds like they want to integrate multiple services. I just want to be able to tell Windows to use Winamp to handle Spotify links for me so they open using the service I'm actually subscribed to rather than trying the "free" Spotify service.

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            October 15, 2018 4:21 PM

            I was mostly just poking you a bit here. But I don’t expect them to add functionality to the online services that isn’t there. I am willing to be proven wrong.

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      October 15, 2018 3:46 PM

      Awesome. I still haven't found a music app on my phone I lake as much as Winamp on my PC

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        October 15, 2018 3:47 PM

        I want a simple app I can just slap a Shoutcast stream URL into and go.

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      October 15, 2018 4:26 PM

      This is the best news ever!

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      October 15, 2018 4:32 PM

      I can imagine that the last thing I need these days is a "music player application". Not really sure that there's any sort of market to be found there. In a world where most common people listen to music on YouTube, I don't think really anyone else does either.

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        October 15, 2018 4:37 PM

        When's the last time you bought music?

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          October 15, 2018 4:53 PM

          I've been paying for streaming for years now, first Spotify then jumped to Apple Music. The other main thing is that I almost never listen to music through a computer. It's usually being streamed to a speaker from my phone.

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            October 15, 2018 5:19 PM

            The downside of that is you're missing out on lots of independent artists who can't or won't distribute their music through apple.

            So for people like me that buy music from a variety of places Bandcamp, Beatport, Amazon, and my local record store, we need something like a dedicated music player.

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              October 15, 2018 5:33 PM

              I use Google Play Music, and if I buy an album offline like that I just upload it and play it using their player, same as everything else. I have no need whatsoever for a new player.

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                October 16, 2018 8:52 AM

                Same, buy the CD, put it in my PC and send it to my Google music cloud.

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          October 15, 2018 4:58 PM

          scratch that. When's the last time you paid for winamp?

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        October 15, 2018 5:46 PM

        I would use it. I actually attempted to make a modern XAML based take on Winamp a few moths back. Only stopped because UWP apps can't control window size by definition, and I needed that for what I wanted to do.

        And incorporating Webamp was one of the first things I did in my web component desktop:

        https://youtu.be/pS-wSdgv9Qo?t=10

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      October 15, 2018 5:26 PM

      I still use it to this day. I would like to see them focus on mobile development but otherwise it works fine the way 5.6 is.

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      October 15, 2018 5:44 PM

      Whoa

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      October 15, 2018 8:37 PM

      I'll have to read up on what they're going to do. Not sure they can find a real use with so much stream service in effect these days. I assume you wouldn't be able to stream any/every service through winamp. HOWEVER, if they could be a front end to bring Google Play Music's category/genre feature back, I'd insta-buy it.

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        October 15, 2018 8:39 PM

        Why Skynet keeps droping useful features???? ugh

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      October 15, 2018 8:49 PM

      I have been using foobar 2000 for years and now they have a phone app that isnt that bad.

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      October 15, 2018 8:52 PM

      More importantly, will it support Milkdrop?

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      October 16, 2018 3:25 AM

      I haven’t listened to anything but Spotify and occasionally YouTube for years. Playing music off your hard drive is dead. They could find a niche by offering features the official streaming clients don’t, but I’m not expecting anything exciting. They’re banking on nostalgia and stick-in-the-muds here.

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      October 16, 2018 7:23 AM

      Good luck to them. I can't imagine this will be anything more than crapware wrapped in an ancient skin