Winamp Set For A Comeback in 2019

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Here's some news that really whips the llama's ass - once dominant music player Winamp is set to make its mighty return next year.

Techcrunch reported on Monday, October 15, Winamp would be back next year with Winamp 6.

He believes people want a complete experience, and Winamp is the ideal medium for that experience. Saboundjian said that he wants to make Winamp available on every device. (The previous version, 5.666, was released in late 2013.) As noted by Neowin, the update was more of a tune-up than an overhaul but it was still fairly significant, with better Windows 10 compatibility, various decoder updates, and "general tweaks, improvements, fixes, and optimizations".

See, Winamp will still be able to playback most audio files you throw at it, but it will also act as an aggregator of all of your streaming services, podcasts, radio stations, as well as local and cloud playlists that you might have in your employ. Released in 1997, Winamp was originally developed by Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev by their company Nullsoft, which they later sold to AOL in 1999 for $80 million. The revamped version of Winamp is slated to arrive on both iOS and Android.

From version 3 onwards, your skins could be completely freeform, which meant that you could shape windows however you liked, decide where buttons would go, and which features would be accessible through the interface. The question now is whether software like Winamp music player still has its place in the landscape today.

Winamp has been a desktop player traditionally but that is about to change with the release of the next version of Winamp in 2019.

"Winamp users really are everywhere". That was reported by Alexandre Saboundjian, CEO of Radionomy, who bought Winamp in 2014. "It's a huge number", he continued. After years of rumors, however, it was still a surprise to see the "more coming soon" on the app's official website. It has a strong community. But everybody "knows" that Winamp is dead, that we don't work on it any more.

The idea of a standalone audio player may sound quaint in this streaming age, but Winamp unquestionably still has a major following - and from what Saboundjian said above, Winamp 6 appears to be heading to all the mobile platforms as well as its old desktop constituency.

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