Download Winamp 5.66, the last version, literally

Winamp supports a wide variety of contemporary and specialized music file formats, including MIDI, MOD, MPEG-1 audio layers 1 and 2, AAC, M4A, FLAC, WAV, OGG Vorbis, and Windows Media Audio. It supports gapless playback for MP3 and AAC, and Replay Gain for volume leveling across tracks. In addition, Winamp can play and import music from audio CDs, optionally with CD-Text, and can also burn music to CDs. Winamp supports playback of Windows Media Video and Nullsoft Streaming Video, as well as most of the video formats supported by Windows Media Player. 5.1 Surround sound is supported where formats and decoders allow.

Winamp supports many types of streaming media: Internet radio, Internet telelvision, XM Satellite Radio, AOL video, Singingfish content, podcasts, and RSS media feeds. It also has extendable support for portable media players, and users can access their media libraries anywhere via internet connections.

You can extend Winamp's functionality through the use of plug-ins, which are available on the Winamp site.

What's new in this version:

  • Improved: Added a Reset button to clear history in the Open/Add URL dialog
  • Improved: Added an option to disable the mouse wheel from altering the volume
  • Improved: Added more commandline switches (run: winamp.exe /? to see full list)
  • Improved: All menus now use the skinned style when option is enabled in ML settings
  • Improved: Disable all online features when no internet connection selected in Prefs
  • Improved: High DPI & text scaling compatibility fixes for dialogs & library views
  • Improved: Increased notification area tooltips up to 128 chars (instead of 64)
  • Improved: Library views now optionally group the 'Play' and 'Enqueue' buttons
  • Improved: Mass metadata editor from library now also available in Playlist Editor
  • Improved: Retry UAC prompt if user previously selected "No" (for relevant settings)
  • Improved: Speed-up of Winamp shutdown process
  • Improved: [gen_ff] Added a setting to control show/hide time for docked toolbars
  • Improved: [gen_ml] Drag & drop handling tweaks
  • Improved: [ml_downloads] Added 'Size' column [full release notes]

Winamp shutting down on December 20, 2013:

According to Nullsoft website, over 15 years after its initial release, Winamp will shut down next month, on December 20:

''Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date. See release notes for latest improvements to this last release.Thanks for supporting the Winamp community for over 15 years.''

Farewell, Winamp. Thank you for the free entertainment!

Download: Winamp 5.66 Build 3507 Full | 11.9 MB (US English version, Freeware)
Download: Winamp 5.66 Build 3507 Full | 16.6 MB (Multi-national installer, Freeware)
Download: Winamp 5.66 Build 3507 Lite | 4.0 MB (basic 2.x-style mp3/cd player, Freeware)
Download: Winamp 5.65 Pro | 16.5 MB (Shareware)
View: Winamp Home page

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This is terrible news. But, I am going to use Winamp till the day it refuses to work. I wish Microsoft could rescue Winamp, we'll see. Thank You for the Music, Winamp!!

One thing I always loved about Winamp was the ability to open a file that has a write lock on it. For example I file that is still downloading by your browser or a live radio stream which you are archiving with RTMPDump or ffmpeg. Foobar complains that the file is open by another process. Winamp never did this. Does anyone know of a Winamp alternative that doesn't care about writelocks? I will probably just stick to Winamp. I am sure there will always be an archived version out there somewhere.

Another thing I liked about Winamp is it could be used a very simple player without a library or any other bloat. Assuming you don't install all the bloat. I hate players that want to import everything you play into a library.

Just tried AIMP for the first time in about 10 years and it will play writelocked files.

Edited by ermax, Nov 21 2013, 2:28pm :

Been a user since 0.92, whatever it was, although stopped shortly after 5 came out. Somehow these big company buyouts of great small companies always ends up being fatal.
RIP Winamp.

Noooooooooooooooooo I can't believe this! since 1998 we've been together!!!!!!!

Rest in peace my dear Winamp and Thank You for all the musics you played for me, Love U forever and ever <3

very fond memories of using this program back in the days. think their downfall was due to closed hardware accessible only via either itunes or zune. unfortunate for them they could not keep their ml_pod working continuously.

Winamp versions 2.xx are the greatest pieces of software I have used for music on the pc, so it was really a shame when version 3 got me looking at alternatives.

No explanations are provided, the discontinuation is so abrupt.
I thought the player would stay forever ... Well, I've never used winamp since foobar.

They should go out with a bang and release the source!

Never ever going to happen but imagine how cool it would be

Dermot said,
As great as winamp once was, it became extended bloat from the moment AOL graced Nullsofts lips.

Aimp is what winamp should have been.

http://aimp.ru/index.php?do=lang&lng=en

What kind of black magic is this address, redirects a bunch of time and takes me back to this page (even when opened in a new tab...)

Winamp, Winamp! It really WHIPS the llama's ass!

Haven't used it in absolutely ages, but I was there from the very beginning.

Hello,

ReimondX said,
Winamp has been crashing on my systems for years. It finally bit the dust this time around. =(

Did you actually try to solve it or just mad at the rest of users who use it perfectly?

Nothing to solve. Already reinstalled each new version and crashes after playing a few tunes. Not upset, I just accept it and use Windows Media Player.

I still remember using it on a computer back at a time when playing MP3s would peg a CPU at 100%.

Can't say I've had much of a use for it for the last couple of years, except maybe to convert FLACs to MP3s.

Going to miss the media player, awesome little app.
Is ShoutCast being shut down as well?
I wonder if there going to give away Pro version for free.

Edited by Jason Stillion, Nov 20 2013, 9:24pm :

Jason Stillion said,
Is ShoutCast being shut down as well?

Good question! The article talks about winamp.com and "associated web services" - I would class Shoutcast as an "associated web service", but I hope I'm wrong!!

wingliston said,
Sad news. Best player for music. I guess I will continue to use it until it longer works.

it's not going to stop working, it just won't be updated or supported anymore.

wingliston said,
I know that. Just in case Microsoft breaks something in the next versions of Windows, I would be screwed.

Winamp 2.95 is still working even on Windows 8.

wingliston said,
Sad news. Best player for music. I guess I will continue to use it until it longer works.

Just like with XP after 04.2014 - it will work, but there (probably?) will be security issues, not fixed ever. Winamp already had security-related patches. Maybe criminals will start to search for new security holes to exploit, just knowing that noone will fix them...

Ulpian said,

Just like with XP after 04.2014 - it will work, but there (probably?) will be security issues, not fixed ever. Winamp already had security-related patches. Maybe criminals will start to search for new security holes to exploit, just knowing that noone will fix them...

You're reaching for things that aren't there. You can't compare an entire operating system to a single program

timster said,

You're reaching for things that aren't there. You can't compare an entire operating system to a single program


I'll wait and see then - will security problems arise or not.

Ulpian said,

Just like with XP after 04.2014 - it will work, but there (probably?) will be security issues, not fixed ever. Winamp already had security-related patches. Maybe criminals will start to search for new security holes to exploit, just knowing that noone will fix them...

I only use Winamp to play my music, I have no reason for it to ever connect to the internet and I can easily firewall it if need be.

My music collection is ripped from my own CDs or purchased from iTunes and Amazon. I don't download garbage from p2p or piracy sites. Not that getting infected by mp3s is a rampant problem (very little of my music is in the ancient mp3 format anyway). I'm not all that concerned.

Edited by Bonfire, Nov 24 2013, 11:56pm :

Ulpian said,
Me? Oh, my customers (since I do It services for them) had a lot of spyware from Winamp.

Burn it, with fire.


Sure, the installer comes with a ton of crap but I'm unsure if it's spyware.

Ulpian said,
Me? Oh, my customers (since I do It services for them) had a lot of spyware from Winamp.

Burn it, with fire.

What? Spyware from Winamp? lol...
I've been using it for ... 14 years or so and never had a issue with it (use the lite, basic skinned version - low on RAM and works flawlessly)

Hello,

Ulpian said,
Me? Oh, my customers (since I do It services for them) had a lot of spyware from Winamp.

Burn it, with fire.


Winamp contains no spyware. I feel sorry for your customers as it is obvious you have no idea what you are doing

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Winamp contains no spyware. I feel sorry for your customers as it is obvious you have no idea what you are doing


They removed spyware from 5.66, but lets see older version (few past years):
5.65 and few older versions: xbundlecatalog.exe and rundll32.exe connects to internet just after running setup w/o asking user. Winamp detector opt-in (it is spyware in fact)
5.60 and older - optin Winamp Toolbar (spyware), 50 free mp3 something bloat, winamp detector.

Back to 5.66 - after installation there is popup about sending information about user (IP 195.93.85.54 - AOL) - so we have user data collection.

Now about your ad personam attacks - I feel sorry also, for you mother - for so bright child.

I always find it funny when people complain about bloats and stuff, just because they can't be bothered to SELECT IN THE INSTALLER what to install :^)

evil_pro said,
I always find it funny when people complain about bloats and stuff, just because they can't be bothered to SELECT IN THE INSTALLER what to install :^)

I think that majority of users, espiecially not english-speaking and/or not computer-educated, click NEXT,NEXT,NEXT.

That might be the cause. But reading isn't really that hard
(Note: I'm not really blaming them, but if they don't want to read / don't understand what the text says they shouldn't complain.) Also, the installer is available in many languages

Hello,

Ulpian said,

They removed spyware from 5.66, but lets see older version (few past years):
5.65 and few older versions: xbundlecatalog.exe and rundll32.exe connects to internet just after running setup w/o asking user. Winamp detector opt-in (it is spyware in fact)
5.60 and older - optin Winamp Toolbar (spyware), 50 free mp3 something bloat, winamp detector.

Back to 5.66 - after installation there is popup about sending information about user (IP 195.93.85.54 - AOL) - so we have user data collection.

Now about your ad personam attacks - I feel sorry also, for you mother - for so bright child.


Nothing about your post is true and/or forced upon the user. Therfore, again, you are wrong.

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Nothing about your post is true and/or forced upon the user. Therfore, again, you are wrong.


"xbundlecatalog.exe and rundll32.exe connects to internet" detected by my firewall only, no confirmation or notification.

Also opt-in spyware is evil itself, don't need to be forced.

Whoa!!! I remember using this program quite a lot some years back, but I haven't been using it for a long time.

Too bad to hear it's going down.