Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, before the days of the iPod and the iTunes music store, there was a program called Winamp. People over 30 will remember Winamp as to The premiere music player for people using Napster, Limewire and Kazaa to illegally download Aerosmith MP3s to their Gateway desktops. (For all the younger ones: it was like Spotify, but you had to manually dial in every song you wanted to listen to and add it to the app yourself.)
Like many influential Windows 95-era PC programs, it was eventually overtaken by newer software and business models and forgotten, but technically was never actually dead. The original incarnation of Winamp went out at the end of 2013turned off AOL after that years of mismanagement. In 2014, the company “Radionomy” bought the remnants of Winamp from AOL in January and in 2016 leaked app update; A patched version of this version was officially released in 2018, and a major update to version 6.0 was planned for 2019.
Obviously, this plan didn’t work. But last week, for the first time in four years, Radionomy released new version of Winamp. The release notes for Winamp 5.9 RC1 Build 1999 say the update represents four years of work by two separate development teams, delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most of the work in this version is done behind the scenes to modernize the code base, meaning it still looks and works like a Windows app from the turn of the millennium. The entire project was migrated from Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2019, a wide selection of audio codecs was updated to more modern versions, and support for Windows 11 and https streams was improved.
The final release will be version 5.9 with some features from version 5.9.1 and above (no mention of version 6.0). It requires Windows 7 SP1 or later, so support for Windows XP is no longer supported.
Also, in our limited testing, the “new” Winamp is still in many ways a legacy program that wasn’t built for the age of high-resolution, high-density displays. This can cause usability issues depending on what you’re trying to run. But for all you people out there still trying to keep hope alive, it’s nice to see something Winamp.com it’s not a strange NFT project and the promise that updates are still to come.
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