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Unofficial Winamp Web Site(mywinamp.com)

193 pointsGwxz posted 8 months ago148 Comments
jpswade said 8 months ago:

On January 14, 2014, it was officially announced that Belgian online radio aggregator Radionomy had bought Winamp and Shoutcast, formerly owned by Nullsoft.

- https://www.theverge.com/2014/1/14/5263086/winamp-radionomy-...

So since this site was launched, it looks like you can now download Winamp from the Official Winamp website:

- http://winamp.com/

For those asking for old versions of Winamp, you can get them here:

- http://www.oldversion.com/windows/winamp/

For those asking for alternatives, there are some:

- https://alternativeto.net/software/winamp/

For other Nullsoft magic, including Gnutella and WASTE, see:

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nullsoft

Also worth checking out founder Justin Frankel and his new company see:

- https://www.cockos.com/

LICEcap is great.

tomc1985 said 8 months ago:

Wait wait wait wait... Justin Frankel is behind Cockos (of Reaper and WDL fame)??

Mind blown. Reaper in particular is fantastic, even if I could never get my head around it long enough to stick with something other than FL Studio.

wilsonrocks said 7 months ago:

Reaper is amazing software.

sheinsheish said 7 months ago:

Does it have a score editor ?

flopunctro said 8 months ago:

Heads up, the winamp 2.95 download from www.oldversion.com triggers a malware alert from Windows Defender. Another red flag is that the download is via regular HTTP, not HTTPS.

So I'd recommend avoiding oldversion.com.

jpswade said 8 months ago:
piffey said 8 months ago:

Let's not encourage people to take VT as gospel though. Lots of ways to get around the tools there. Fun malware does it all the time.

MrGilbert said 8 months ago:

Wouldn't be the first false positive. Didn't trigger for me, so... ymmv.

//edit: Sorry, I just realized that I loaded my copy from https://winampheritage.com

ViViDboarder said 8 months ago:

Wow. They’re even hiring a Winamp developer!

NikolaNovak said 8 months ago:

Fascinating; I never knew Reaper DAW (I have a paid license and use it semi-regularly) was started by WinAmp founder!

dleslie said 8 months ago:

I prefer the Winamp Community Upgrade Project:


sailfast said 8 months ago:

LICEcap is amazing. It's also been especially good for front-end pull request documentation. Sure, include your code, but a GIF of the feature, working is a nice way to drive home the change.

robdachshund said 7 months ago:

MusicBee is a great alternative if anyone needs one. I've used it for about a decade.

LisaAR said 8 months ago:

Thanks for sharing this useful information!

See, Winamp wasn't "just another player" for some of us. It was the first thing we fired up when we turned on the computer. So, seeing it go down the drain for the last 10 years or so, really hurt . Bloath, bloath and more bloath... damn, I would've opted for RealPlayer if it wasn't for the terrible UI. On the other hand, important features, like plugin playback compatibility was getting worse (for example, there wasn't a single version of Winamp after 5.24 that played back MP3Pro files correctly with the Fraunhoffer MP3Pro plugin, until now ).

mirimir said 8 months ago:


And removing all traces of Windows Media Player was one of the first steps after installing Windows.

rolandog said 8 months ago:

Ha! I had forgotten the crucial first steps of setting up new computers from back then.

A more recent habit, until recently (if I had to use Windows), I would also try to install most apps through Chocolatey to help keeping up to date.

ryanmercer said 8 months ago:

>It was the first thing we fired up when we turned on the computer.

Indeed, open winamp and press play. Let it shuffle through my library while I fired up AIM/mIRC/zMUD/etc and would keep playing until I was done with the computer for that session.

glenneroo said 8 months ago:

> It was the first thing we fired up when

Was? Winamp is still the first program I launch after booting up.

sk0g said 8 months ago:

Minor correction, I think the word you were after is bloat, though the urban dictionary for your version kinda fits :)

ktzar said 8 months ago:

There's is a website that's keeping versions of Winamp, including the one I consider the best 2.95 https://winampheritage.com/download-winamp-player

lazyjeff said 8 months ago:

Winamp 2 has been my music player for 20 years and it's still my main player that I use with the flac plugin. I never upgraded to Winamp 3 or 5, and Winamp 2.95 is still fully functional on Windows 10. Selecting "Double Size" makes it mostly fine on a HiDPI monitor, except some controls are a bit pixelated.

Winamp 2.95 didn't need to connect to the internet, there is no background service, no application manager bloatware, no ads or music recommendations, and it loads in 1/10 of a second without any startup service or preloader. It really whipped the llama's ass.

Straight up win32 software back then just was simpler, and the programmers back then like Justin Frankel, Ludvig Strigeus, etc. cared about program efficiency. A single programmer could write several popular applications within the decade, and now every application needs a giant team. What happened?

MrGilbert said 8 months ago:

> What happened?

Expectations, I guess? You need to have a shiny UI, smooth animations and cross-platform.

I wrote a small media player back in 2009 called "SmallTune", using Delphi and only Win32 calls. It didn't have the VCL and SysUtils and all that stuff. It utilized BASS.dll and the exe was 230kb in size. It used ~3 MB of RAM. Some screenshots can be found using archive.org [1][2]. It featured a simple library and internet radio.

But boy, was that one hell of maintenance. I dropped the project some months later, because of my girlfriend (I was another person back then). Recently, when I found the source by accident, I started building a Win32 application using .NET Core 3.1 and CoreRT out of curiousity. To my surprise, it worked quite well. I don't know, maybe I'll revive Smalltune some day. I miss it sometimes.

[1]: https://web.archive.org/web/20110827113809im_/http://smalltu...

[2]: https://web.archive.org/web/20110827113915im_/http://smalltu...

shrikant said 8 months ago:

As an aside, I've heard it discussed (on the likes of Slashdot) that one of the reasons Winamp 3 sucked so badly was that they rushed a release that was basically meant to be a complete rewrite just to have "mp3" in the application name.

Kuraj said 8 months ago:

... I didn't even notice that until you pointed it out.

plorg said 8 months ago:

I remember trying to download Winamp 3 at school. The web filter would block it because it found the string 'mp3' in the URL. In retrospect the administrator wouldn't have seen any more use in allowing students to download a media player than to let them spend bandwidth on the media itself. Up until 2003 ~300 students split a T1. In that year the city started offering municipal broadband and the school switched to 2x 3M/256k DSL.

xyz0 said 8 months ago:

> What happened?

Acceleration of the following:

- commodification of information on the internet

- the subscription model

- incentives for tracking users' every move

rlv-dan said 8 months ago:

My only problem with Winamp 2 is that people laugh at me when they pass my computer and see it.

vijucat said 8 months ago:

Yeah :-) Show them the keyboard shortcuts. Like the zxcvb set for the main 5 controls (prev track, play, pause, stop, next track), or pressing j (for jump) and then typing a part of the name of the song you remembered to play what you want at the speed of thought + typing. They'll understand that ~~it's really fast~~ it really whips the llama's ass!

Moru said 8 months ago:

Or you could globally remap them to the Quake-controls and do ctrl+shift+E to pause, next and previous with W and S, 5 sec forward/backward with A/D and on/off with Q.

Nothing like fragging your friends while playing loud music but able to skip a song if it doesn't fit the moment, all without even flipping active window. Never looked at another player because of this function.

Just had to adapt with ctrl+shift+B for next song since S was hard bound in some game.

dceddia said 8 months ago:

I loved that if you held Shift while clicking Stop it would fade out the music.

StavrosK said 7 months ago:

I've had no better interaction with computers than the "jump to song" dialog in Winamp. It was always instantly responsive, worked when I wanted it, how I wanted it.

rchaud said 8 months ago:

I totally forgot about those shortcuts!

doodliego said 8 months ago:

Same. So I just open up task manager and show them that it uses only 3.4 MB. As opposed to Teams, Chrome, and all this other bloatware.

taneq said 8 months ago:

I’ve had nothing but positive, nostalgic comments for at least 5 years now.

comparable said 8 months ago:

But the reality is that, anyone who knows anything about modern (post 2004 era) software can only laugh right back at them, whether they're laughing with you, at you, whether they're being snobby, pretentious or otherwise.

theandrewbailey said 8 months ago:

No love for Winamp 5? It has enough of a media library to be useful. With the default classic (Winamp 2-era) skin, it loads fast enough and is snappy enough for me.

kaoD said 8 months ago:

> What happened?


You can't make money out of shareware, so now everything is SaaS. This makes software way harder to write since now you're responsible for a distributed platform, including devops.

Competition is fierce now. There are very low barriers to entry, which made hobbyist projects (which is what Winamp would be considered now) mostly free.

If there's any money left in those low-barrier markets monopolies expanded into them. The only way to compete with them is with added value like a huge library of music (Spotify). Good luck trying to strike deals with record labels as a lone developer. VCs will devour any corner of opportunity in a blink, demanding growth, which will turn a perfectly fine piece of software into a feature-crept SaaS privacy-invading social platform.

TL;DR: money isn't in software anymore for self-employed people.

SyneRyder said 8 months ago:

> You can't make money out of shareware, so now everything is SaaS.

Do we know how sales of Reaper are doing? That's Justin Frankel's latest project, and it's shareware in the truest sense (downloadable, 5 second nag screen & no other limitations - "you are on day 329 of your 30 day trial period").

Of course, Justin probably doesn't need the income because he has Winamp/AOL money, but I was under the impression that Reaper was at least providing a full time income. And it's certainly supported by most of the music hardware/software industry.

rekabis said 8 months ago:

I would roundly disagree. If you find an unexploited niche and effectively corner it, there are still opportunities out there.

Just look at Bitwarden. It started out as a free and truly secure answer to password managers that were cross-platform and web/browser-based, but had issues with trust and privacy. A lone developer put his money where his mouth was, and built the product up into a SaaS that is now a small but profitable company. It’s now the fastest growing password manager out there, and certainly one of the more popular among techs.

pjc50 said 8 months ago:

> built the product up into a SaaS

That counts towards the parent comment's thesis, not against it. If it wasn't a SaaS charging would be much harder.

mhd said 8 months ago:

> You can't make money out of shareware, so now everything is SaaS.

This is mixing two concerns: Selling stand-alone applications and the specific shareware distribution model.

The SaaS world is struggling with the "freemium" model, too. Nothing pretty much changed there, you get your nag-screens, limited features etc.

Selling apps still works for a lot of people. Sure, it's harder when there's a popular free version available, but the same is true for SaaS again.

One major issue is the pernicious "growth" mindset: Today it's often not enough to earn some decent money, you have to "found" something. And sure, it's friggin' hard to grow a company out of a shareware product.

jansan said 8 months ago:

>>> What happened?

Marketing. It has become extremely difficult to be found by a large audience on the internet. There are many gatekeepers who want their share before they allow you to become visible to the audience they control.

Lammy said 7 months ago:

Old versions of Winamp suffer from some pretty severe vulnerabilities. For this reason I don't think it's a great idea to run anything except the latest official Winamp beta or the latest WACUP.


Vivtek said 8 months ago:

Oh man, you have made my world that much better today. Thank you. Good coffee, and Winamp 2.95 back on my machine at long last. What more could I possibly want?

mrob said 8 months ago:

Winamp was my first general-purpose music player. When I switched OS to GNU/Linux I switched to XMMS (originally called X11Amp), which was a clone of Winamp. XMMS was later forked to Beep Media Player, and Beep Media Player was forked to Audacious Media Player, which I still use today.

I use the GTK interface of Audacious Media Player now, because it works better with higher resolution screens, but the old Winamp-style interface is still supported, and Audacious Media Player still has all the speed and simplicity that made me love Winamp when I first tried it.

tomtomtom777 said 8 months ago:

Early Winamp was truly revolutionary in terms of UX and quality.

Highly intuitive, beautiful and always "just working", with an elegant plugin system.

It is no coincidence that the authors went on to create Gnutella, which could be considered the starting point of decentralized networking.

gonesilent said 8 months ago:

Justin has done the same for DAWS see https:/reaper.fm and gone full circle to making music.

jacquesm said 8 months ago:

Linux supported too!

dimovich said 8 months ago:

I'm using Reaper as an audio player. :)

unexpected said 8 months ago:

Does anyone else remember the mp3 player wars? Sonique, NAD, Winamp...it was like the early Android/iOS split of the mid-90's. I remember so much from that era!

tillinghast said 8 months ago:

From Ars Technica: Winamp’s woes: How the greatest MP3 player undid itself - https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/07/winam...

Winamp 2 & 3 were my sweet spot. I want to say versions 2.53 through 2.56(?) are the versions indelibly burned in my memory. Such a breath of fresh air from the Real garbage of the day. Hope Frankel and Lord are well.

theandrewbailey said 8 months ago:

What made you like Winamp3? All I remember about it was that it was a slow hot mess that didn't load my old playlists, and went back to 2.something after a month.

smcl said 8 months ago:

If, like me, you only recently decided to start listening to your music collection on a linux desktop and were dismayed to find that xmms was split into some odd client/server model, you can still use the original xmms 1.x. I wrote up how I built it here, since I found it a bit fiddly: https://blog.mclemon.io/debian-building-the-original-xmms

alxlaz said 8 months ago:

Just a quick note that, unless there's a very specific reason why you want the original XMMS (nostalgia, or a specific plugin?), it may be more convenient to go with Audacious. It has a "Winamp" mode that gives you the same interface. It also supports classic skins, from back when UIs weren't all flat and boring, so that you can look at your desktop without yawning for more than ten seconds.

Building heirloom :-) GTK and glib isn't a big deal, but Audacious is packaged by pretty much all distros.

smcl said 8 months ago:

Good point - it's purely a nostalgia thing for me. I will definitely check out Audacious though!

pferde said 8 months ago:

You may be interested in Qmmp - a Qt-based winamp-style player. I use it every day, it's pretty great.


Teever said 8 months ago:

Does anyone know what happened to the company that bought Winamp? If I recall correctly they announced that they were going to be releasing modern versions of Winamp a few years ago but there's been nothing but radio silence.

KindOne said 8 months ago:

Version 5.8.3660 was released 15 months ago in October 2018.

deanCommie said 8 months ago:

One could argue we made better ways to play MP3s on our computers.

But nothing has come anywhere close to improving or replacing Milkdrop

mrweasel said 8 months ago:

I would argue that WinAmp and XMMS where the last good audio players. Why is it that modern music players think that the need to do library management, why are they fullscreen applications?

We need to start maintaining winamp and the clones again.

sandoooo said 8 months ago:

For pure mp3 playing, foobar2000 is like winamp except still getting updated, with less ugly (more OS-conforming) UI. For even more simplicity, there's no reason you should need a separate app for mp3s and movies, and mpc-hc is the best no-nonsense media player.

pferde said 8 months ago:

I think there is a reason to keep audio and video playback separate, because you approach them differently.

When you are watching video, it's usually where your attention goes, whereas listening to audio is something done "in the background", while your attention is elsewhere (reading, writing, playing a game, or even cleaning the house).

Therefore to me it is obvious that an audio playing application should behave like a good butler - readily available when you need to e.g. change the playlist, but invisible otherwise - and I would compare a video playing application to a live entertainer.

A video playing application should of course also get out of your way so you can focus on the actual video, but there is a subtle difference nevertheless.

Karuma said 8 months ago:

The author of foobar2000 even made another music player that is much simpler, great for people like mrweasel, I think: https://perkele.cc/software/boom

raxxorrax said 8 months ago:

In my opinion, it is the best audio player and available for almost any system. Can do things you would assume are basic features, but most players fail to implement. Like mirroring stereo sound through all you other speakers you might have.

ubercow13 said 8 months ago:

Audacious is a maintained descendent of XMMS that doesn't really have a library.

Also, foobar2000 is very well maintained, and implying it's not a good audio player is simply sacrilege!

flyinghamster said 8 months ago:

I don't mind having library management, and I would love to have a Linux clone of foobar2000. Nothing else has its tag management and search/sort capabilities.

I put lots of custom tags in all of the tracks I've ripped, downloaded, or recorded live, and I have yet to come across a Linux music player that allows me to search them or sort by them.

Clementine comes close, but not quite close enough. Maybe I need to get some Copious Free Time and rip into its sources.

dynamic_sausage said 8 months ago:

If you are interested in foobar-like players for Linux, DeaDBeeF may be worth looking into.

ubercow13 said 8 months ago:

foobar works pretty well in wine

flyinghamster said 8 months ago:

I hope it works better than the last time I tried it. I found it didn't work well for me, but that was some years ago.

ubercow13 said 8 months ago:

It basically works perfectly for me, though it can take a bit of setting up. The only downside I'd say is that drag and drop from outside foobar is a bit wonky, you can't always drag and drop from a native file manager (though it always works if you drop onto the status bar instead of the playlist). You can also bypass the wine audio stack: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/foobar2000-on-linux-how-to-b...

kaoD said 8 months ago:

I use VLC as an audio player for this exact use case.

stan_rogers said 8 months ago:

VLC doesn't do gapless, so it rather sucks for album listening.

FeepingCreature said 8 months ago:

Winamp does library management...

stan_rogers said 8 months ago:

That was a late (and welcome) addition that's still optional - you can use Winamp 5.x in classic mini-player mode, with nothing but the queue and playback controls, using your file system to manage what you're playing. I don't, apart from ephemeral files, but apparently it's a thing people like.

rchaud said 8 months ago:

Did we? Winamp lost the audio player wars to iTunes because it was the only way to sync music to iPods. But iTunes was a bloated mess, always had to run on startup and had the iTunes Store jammed into it as well.

insin said 8 months ago:

As a result of this comment I finally jumped through the necessary hoops to get MilkDrop working with foobar2000 - seeing it running at 1080p/60fps feels like I've just arrived in the future.

nalesnik3000 said 8 months ago:

100% agree. Milkdrop visualisations were awesome. There are some replacements available (you can check out Plane 9), however, I find them nowhere close to good old Milkdrop.

Or maybe it's just nostalgia?

prg318 said 8 months ago:

Milkdrop lives on in ProjectM, the community maintained open source fork of the final milkdrop source release:

- https://github.com/projectM-visualizer/projectM

There's even pulseaudio/JACK versions of projectM that allow you to pipe any audio source into projectM to visualize. Enjoy!

ubercow13 said 8 months ago:

I always find projectM looks nowhere near as cool as milkdrop even on the same presets, but I’m not sure why..

zelly said 8 months ago:

Remembering all the time I wasted collecting and curating a personal MP3 library (now replaced completely by Spotify), I wonder what current practices I spend a lot of time on that will be become obsolete.

rchaud said 8 months ago:

I used to religiously upload all my listens to Last.fm, and play all my music through apps that had Last.fm sync capability. I have detailed listening data (down to the day) available for 2005-2015, roughly ~100k listens in all.

Unfortunately, Last.fm as a social network was completely dead, either by user abandonment or by bot infestation. After a couple of years of dead message boards and comments sections, it didn't make sense to keep the scrobbling going.

0xffff2 said 8 months ago:

I still have my old MP3s despite only really using Spotify these days. I don't regret the time spent building and curating that collection in the slightest. If anything, I expect Spotify itself to be the thing that becomes obsolete, leaving me to regret that last several years in which I haven't kept up with adding new music to the collection that I actually own.

zelly said 8 months ago:

> If anything, I expect Spotify itself to be the thing that becomes obsolete

Almost certainly but there will be an alternative company with some migration path for your playlists. Unless omnipresent network connectivity stops being a thing, in which case there would be bigger problems than music.

0xffff2 said 8 months ago:

It's already a problem on Spotify that my playlists rot over time with seemingly random songs being no longer available. Playlists are much less important than the music itself.

ropiwqefjnpoa said 8 months ago:

Oh god, I still have my well organized folder of MP3's going back to the 90's. I never use it, but I can't let it go either.

rchaud said 8 months ago:

I have folders for each year of the '90s and 2000s. This is a personal collection that includes not just what I liked on MTV/radio at the time, but also numerous older tracks that I discovered during those years.

To me, that gives my collection much greater personal and sentimental value than a Spotify retrospective playlist that doesn't align as well with my memories of those days.

mxmilkb said 8 months ago:

Is there anything for Linux that has similar functionality to the Jump To File mechanism for finding and enqueuing songs to play next within in a playlist without altering the playlist itself? It was so good that it was integrated into (IIRC) Winamp 3.



(Bonus points of anyone knows of an MPD client that can make it appear like MPD has this feature? ;)

ubercow13 said 8 months ago:

Audacious can actually load Winamp (2) skins, and has the same 'jump to' feature (make sure you use the GTK version, the QT one doesn't have this yet). The search is actually much faster and properly asynchronous wrt your typing, so it's better than Winamp's.


severine said 8 months ago:

> Is there anything for Linux that has similar functionality to the Jump To File mechanism for finding and enqueuing songs to play next within in a playlist without altering the playlist itself?

In Clementine, that's Ctrl+D.


mxmilkb said 8 months ago:

Yes! That's the right queue-within-a-playlist feature with numbers next to the playlist entries that I'm looking for. Even has a queue dialog window.

And there's an Android app that works as a remote, and it can http stream, nice.

Thanks! So long (for now) mpd..

Hamuko said 8 months ago:

Well, in MPD the queue and playlists are separate entities, so you can just add things to the queue without affecting the playlist which you were playing from. But I don't really understand what that Winamp feature does all in all.

mxmilkb said 8 months ago:

Maybe I am confused because ncmpcpp doesn't exactly use mpd nomenclature regarding queues and playlists - https://github.com/arybczak/ncmpcpp/issues/188

As I remember it, in Winamp you load a playlist from the media library (in my case usually all files), and then within that playlist you can use JTFE to select a file to play next. That file in the playlist gets a number [1] next to it and is played next, regardless of whether shuffle is on or not. Any number of tracks in the playlist can be queued like this, each getting a respective queue number next to that tracks entry in the playlist line, and afterward the queue is finished Winamp returns to the standard playback ordering.

So I can have a playlist of all files on shuffle, decide to queue up a specific album or two, and after that it goes back to random shuffle without me having to reset the playlist from scratch.

This ad-hoc playlist-within-a-playlist is also visible within it's own dialog box if so desired.

(I'm starting to wonder how different the abstractions ncmpcpp use compared to mpd, or if it's just a naming thing.)

Edit: or, IIRC, instead of the JTF queue method, you can just immediately jump to a file in a playlist, and after playing that, Winamp returns to the previous spot. I need to make a screencast of this because there's apparently no videos of the functionality around online..

Hamuko said 8 months ago:

I think my way of listening to music is a bit similar to this. Basically, I use ncmpcpp's "Add random songs" feature with an arbitrary number (let's say 50) to fill up my queue with some stuff from my library. Then if I decide I want to listen to something particular, I search for it in ncmpcpp and then just add it at the top of my queue. It plays it next and then it continues with my random items. My queue is always on consume, so all of the items disappear from the queue after being played/skipped.

Of course, the main "issue" with this is that after the end of the queue is reached, the playback stops. I don't actually mind this, because I can schedule my playback to stop by moving my current item + how many else to the end of the queue. I know that there's a deamon to automatically add random songs at the end of your queue once you run out of stuff in case that's a hurdle (https://github.com/joshkunz/ashuffle).

mxmilkb said 8 months ago:

Thanks for the feedback, but that's fairly different from what I'm seeking.

To be clear, because I've been searching years for this, the main differences are that you are using a shuffled playlist rather than an ordered playlist that is sometimes on shuffle mode, you have to move away from the playlist view to find the album to queue, if you have a shuffled playlist of all files available then you are duplicating files into that playlist to get an ordered selection at the end of the playlist (though you do say you have consume mode on which is a further step away in difference), and you will have to reset the playlist from scratch to get back to a state of having one copy of all files in the playlist.

(I am now wondering how to add files to the top of the playlist (rather than the bottom) in ncmpcpp though :)

Hamuko said 8 months ago:

>(I am now wondering how to add files to the top of the playlist (rather than the bottom) in ncmpcpp though :)

Press a on selection, choose "Current playlist" and "At the beginning of playlist".

unixhero said 8 months ago:


nathell said 8 months ago:

Ooh, DOSAMP! I used to use it to play MP3s in high school, when I was still a heavy DOS user and upgraded to a Pentium-133. Then, on Windows, I was firmly in the Winamp 2 camp.

nuclearsugar said 8 months ago:

On a related note, we are just about to launch a VJ tool using Milkdrop.

NestDrop allows you to perform with high-resolution high-fps visuals which react in realtime to the music and then broadcasts the video via Spout. Since the Milkdrop engine is at the core you can easily bring in your own presets. Use any audio source to drive the visuals, even live audio. http://www.nestimmersion.ca/nestdrop.html

yoz said 7 months ago:

This looks cool, but there's absolutely nothing on the page about OS and hardware requirements. I can't even tell if it's for Windows, Mac or both.

nuclearsugar said 7 months ago:

Whoops. Thanks for the heads up! We just started laying out the webpage to prepare for the release.

Windows is the only supported OS currently.

Basically any range of GPU is supported, according to the resolution you want to run the visuals at. But if you have a decent GPU then you can run up to 4 different video streams concurrently.

Ndymium said 8 months ago:

I remember there being a website (forgot the name/URL) where people could share their visualizations for Winamp. I downloaded so many presets from there and even recorded some to VHS because I thought they were so cool.

I made my own, too, mostly by taking something made by someone else and changing the code/numbers to see how it would react. I wish I could find those files again somewhere and just spend a moment immersing myself into that universe.

BLKNSLVR said 8 months ago:

I spent many a late-90's afternoon watching the Geiss visualisations on my HTPC-driven TV whilst listening to my favourite music.

None of the other visualisations for WinAmp hypnotized me the way Geiss did.

grandchild said 8 months ago:

Depends if you are thinking about AVS or Milkdrop.

Me, being an AVS guy, can only recommend https://visbot.net .

In the olden days there were: - https://customized.org and - https://deviantart.com/

DA is sadly almost unusable for finding AVS presets now (as I discovered today), so you may start with this page:

- https://www.deviantart.com/tobsiv/favourites/41261647/featur...

for finding some of the more famous packs.

Ndymium said 8 months ago:

AVS was what I had, I never used Milkdrop for some reason.

yboris said 8 months ago:

I loved how easy it was to create skins for Winamp ... here's the skin I created and have been using since 2012:


searine said 8 months ago:

Making skins for Winamp was how I taught myself photoshop.

bredren said 8 months ago:

Me too. I made a pretty sweet custom Dave Matthews skin. I wonder if it is in the bundle here.

rchaud said 8 months ago:

I remember having a cheesy skin of Sarah Michelle Gellar in 1999 when Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the biggest show for any and all high schoolers.

benboughton1 said 8 months ago:

Winamp is great, ah the memories. But just like my gripe with video media, is there anywhere to buy plain mp3s for all artists, store them on my hdd and manage them in winamp? Is that still an option in 2020 without a subscription to something?

MrGilbert said 8 months ago:

Of course. 7digital comes to mind, HDTracks - and, of course, Amazon. The files are all yours to keep.

In fact, I find it easier to get non-drm music files than movies.

manuelfcreis said 8 months ago:

I would also bandcamp to this list!

flyinghamster said 8 months ago:

You can also download 320 Kbps MP3s of albums/tracks you buy on Google Play. I've done that a few times, because I don't trust the cloud.

rchaud said 8 months ago:

Bandcamp. I can download the files I buy as a ZIP and simply import them into whatever player I'm using. On Android that's Phonograph, and on MacOS it's VOX audio player.

theandrewbailey said 8 months ago:

Depending on what you mean by "all artists", there's https://bandcamp.com/

godshatter said 8 months ago:

You can still buy mp3s from Amazon's digital music store though they really try to get you to subscribe to Amazon Music instead.

erfgh said 8 months ago:

iTunes store will give you plain AAC.

alamortsubite said 8 months ago:

This is great.

In or around 2010, when I finally shed the last shackles of MS, I switched from Winamp to Audacious (w/Winamp Classic interface plugin).

20 uninterrupted years of Bento Classified and whipping the llama's ass!

It's also pretty easy to replace all the standard Audacious icons with Winamp's (at least on Xubuntu). No disrespect intended to Audacious, simply for full effect.

Thanks to everyone behind Winamp and Audacious for building great software!

(Now to start up "The Matrix" on the media monitor and head on over to Slashdot.)

bitwize said 8 months ago:

20 years on, and still kicking the llama's ass.

Japhy_Ryder said 8 months ago:


ryanmercer said 8 months ago:

I just wish my car would play "Winamp, it really whips the llama's ass" when I start it.

holoduke said 8 months ago:

Winamp for me is linked to the time internet was still internet without the giant corporations ruling and ruining the entire single single part with heavily overengineered saas solutions. It was the time of altavista, icq, popup explosions and 1mb download for a program. It was still unexplored cowboy/free for all land, ran by tech dudes. Now its dominated by the absolute evil of capitalism. Not tech, but marketing. bleh

rchaud said 8 months ago:

A crude analogy:

- early Internet - Homebrew Computer Club with a shared ethos of free software and free information for all

- 2000s Internet and later - Bill Gates joins the HCC, refuses to share code, and before long the only incentive to create stuff is to sell it by the truckload, by any means necessary.

29athrowaway said 8 months ago:

Nullsoft also created WASTE, although it was quickly shut down by AOL.


I wonder if someone is using that thing.

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mirimir said 8 months ago:

Yeah, I remember when Winamp went to hell. I ended up using AIMP, which was fitting because I was "buying" music from some Eastern European "store" that operated under Russian copyright law.

Mountain_Skies said 8 months ago:


mirimir said 8 months ago:

It was either that or MP3Sparks.com, I think. But it wasn't long before I discovered torrents.

Fnoord said 8 months ago:

MP3.com [1] founded by Michael Robinson (of Lindows/Linspire fame).

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3.com#History

tomduncalf said 8 months ago:

Oh wow that takes me back haha!

ytjohn said 8 months ago:

I used to use mp3search.ru (project closed now). Tracks were like $0.10.

rchaud said 8 months ago:

There's a name that takes me back.

cmicali said 7 months ago:

I've got a working macOS Winamp-inspired music player I've been working on. I was thinking of open-sourcing - anyone here interested in something like this?

anewguy9000 said 8 months ago:

just came to say ive been a winamp faithful since 2.x and only this year finally found a worthy successor: audacious. open source, crossplatform, and bit perfect

ropiwqefjnpoa said 8 months ago:

We're all having a collective nostalgia trip here.

room505 said 8 months ago:

After Winamp closed shop, I begrudgingly moved to iTunes for awhile. But then I found Musicbee, which I find to be the best alternative to Winamp.

rchaud said 8 months ago:

I used MediaMonkey for the longest time in the mid-to-late 2000s. I downloaded MusicBee and wondered if it was the same team behind both apps. The UIs were incredibly similar.

5- said 8 months ago:

Obligatory in-browser reimplementation: https://webamp.org/

twostorytower said 8 months ago:

Was just about to post this, you beat me! Such a well done browser clone.

seomint said 8 months ago:

Awesome. Thanks for that.

punnerud said 8 months ago:

The Mac version does not work on Catalina (10.15)

conradfr said 8 months ago:

I still use Winamp and if I could have my streaming service catalog inside it I would be in heaven.

__m said 8 months ago:

I remember when Winamp was cool, then AOL applied its touch of death, 点脉; it was very effective

thatguyagain said 8 months ago:

I would be so happy if spotify would allow custom skins so I could have winamp + spotify.

eatbitseveryday said 8 months ago:

This was great to use back in the day. Do we have the sources for it?

huxflux said 7 months ago:

It really whipped the llama's ass.

rhacker said 8 months ago:

Has anyone created a Rust winamp that runs in web assembly yet?

Slashbot2 said 8 months ago:

As a long time Winamp user 20+ years ....Winamp is not dead! The_DoctorO/DrO (well known on the official winamp forum before that useless company radionomy took over) is the official maintainer of what was once called Winamp and has been working updates for 3years+ now, Winamp is now known as Wacup (Latest beta release 2020 feb) if you want to get the updated and improved versions...

Website: https://getwacup.com/ Forum: https://getwacup.com/community/ Discord: https://discord.gg/5pVTdbj

Upvote please

Slashbot said 8 months ago:

As a long time Winamp user 20+ years ....Winamp is not dead!

The_DoctorO/DrO (well known on the official winamp forum before that useless company radionomy took over) is the official maintainer of what was once called Winamp and has been working updates for 3years+ now, Winamp is now known as Wacup (Latest beta release 2020 feb) if you want to get the updated and improved versions...

Website: https://getwacup.com/ Forum: https://getwacup.com/community/ Discord: https://discord.gg/5pVTdbj

Upvote please