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August 7, 2022

Winamp is back in action (!) after 9 years of no releases

Filed under: Computer Software,My Thoughts — Suramya @ 11:59 PM

Anyone who was using computers in the late 90’s and 2000’s knows that the best MP3 player of all time was Winamp, it really whips the llama’s ass. First released back in 1997, it spread like wildfire. I used it as my primary music player till I switched to Linux and even then I used a player that was skinned to look and work like Winamp.

Development for the player was paused back in 2013 and then resumed in 2018. It took 4 years of hard work and the Winamp 5.9 Release Candidate 1 is now available for download. Most of the changes in this version as in the backend as the code was migrated from Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2019. This modernizes the whole setup and the next release will focus on new features.

The only downside of this is that it is not available for Linux so I still have to use some other software rather than the original. I wonder if it would work over Wine/Crossover? If so then that would be awesome. Let me go try that out and see if that works (I will update this post if it actually works).

Well this is all for now. Will post more later.

Update (8/8/2022): It Works on Linux! I downloaded and installed the latest RC on Linux using Crossover and it works flawlessly. (Although the preset names are in Chinese for some reason)

– Suramya

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