winamp dead! And then came back! back then died again! And now back once again, as the first release candidate of the resurrected Winamp 5.9 made downloadable to the next generation that switched from MP3 files to streaming services years ago.
The transition from purchasing music on physical media such as compact discs to distributing it digitally directly to computers and mobile devices has been bumpy. It’s always been relatively easy to rip CDs or copy the digital files they contain to a PC, but the small file size of MP3s has made digital music files portable and easy to share on the internet, causing piracy buzz. Music sharing apps like Napster, Bearshare, and Limewire have come and gone, but above all, One single app has remained a faithful companion to those who have amassed huge collections of MP3s: Winamp, a lightweight yet full-featured media player that works without the bloat of other offerings like Apple’s iTunes or Microsoft’s Windows Media Player.
When the music industry finally found ways to securely sell music files online and eventually switched to streaming services where users were never finished with thousands of media files stored on a device, the need for a standalone media player like Winamp disappeared and after the app changed owners several times, active development, It ended with version 5,666 released in late 2013.
Four years later, in 2018, Winamp 5.8 found its way online, with the developers behind it promising major updates that would add more modern features like cloud streaming, but it would still be another four years for Winamp 5.9 RC1 Build 9999 to finally be around. Made available for download via the Winamp forums. Nostalgia seekers will be happy to see that not much has changed visually with Winamp – you even have the option to use classic skins during installation – but under the hood, codebase upgraded from Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2019. This is an upgrade that will benefit the development team as much as it does. starts but it also means the new Winamp will require Windows 7 SP1 or newer to run. Those who still have Windows XP and Vista will have to look for older versions of the media player that whipped the llama’s ass.
computers have changed and a lot Since Winamp’s heyday and the media player looks mostly the same on a modern desktop with many screen resolutions when we paired it with file sharing services decades ago, Winamp’s playback controls look ridiculously small. But the development team knows there’s a lot of work to be done to modernize Winamp, and with the successful transition to VS2019, they can start adding support for modern digital audio formats and streaming services, and maybe even a few new trippy visualizers. when they work on the release candidate’s bug list and work on a more definitive first release.