Winamp not quite dead yet, build 3516 released

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:

  • [Winamp] Added upd_mode=1 ini only option for pledit Shift+E editor to not also add new files when updated to the ml (default value = 0)
  • [Winamp] Added no_video=1 support to winamp.ini for force disabling all video support/features/menus/prefs
  • [Winamp] Fallback to out_ds then out_wave if specified output plugin can't be found. If no out_ds/wave present then show error msg and abort playback
  • [Winamp] Fixed bad 'Find more languages' link in Prefs
  • [Winamp] Fixed classic songticker not updating back to the current title (for short titles, or with auto-scroll disabled)
  • [Winamp] Ignore "ELEVATECREATEPROCESS" and "#" values for the "running in admin mode" checks
  • [Winamp/ml_local/pmp] Disable the Update button on Edit Metadata dialog until any changes are made
  • [gen_hotkeys] auto-resize the combobox widths of the hotkeys in config (helps with lengthier translations)
  • [gen_jumpex] JTFE v1.32 b1213 - Fixed search delay setting not being saved
  • [gen_jumpex] JTFE v1.32 b1214 - Added a few more string param checks to mirror winamp changes
  • [gen_jumpex] JTFE v1.32 b1215 - Disabled skinned mode on lite / non-ml setups to quickly deal with reported skinning issues
  • [gen_ml/ml_*] Fixed ml play & enqueue actions not showing the correct default action on different menus
  • [gen_tray] Fixed bad 'Get icon packs' link in Prefs
  • [gif.w5s] Fixed crash with specific gif files and color table quirks
  • [in_mp3] Fixed crash on missing genre string with pledit shift+e dialog
  • [ml_disc] Fixed buffer size issue + null object crash fixes from crash reports
  • [ml_local] auto-resize the combobox widths on the add/edit view dialog
  • [ml_local/history/pmp] Added F8 to refresh current search
  • [ml_local] Fixed weird character display in EditQuery > Choose Time dialog menu
  • [ml_local] Fixed .vmd path handling incorrectly dropping the initial 'm'
  • [ml_online/omBrowser] Fixed lang pack issues with the custom online services support
  • [ml_playlists] Fixed issue with deleting playlists via ml tree
  • [ml_playlists] Fixed reported enqueue selection issues
  • [ml_playlists] Remove invalid characters from playlist name on export
  • [UnicodeTaskbarFix] v3.6 to fix display issues with some output plugins (e.g. out_burst.dll)
  • Misc: General buffer init tweaks
  • Misc: A plethora of extra param checks & various crash fixes from crash reports
  • Misc: Various other tweaks/fixes/optimizations

Lang Pack updates: General cleanups for all lang packs (removed unused hash sections, accelerator tables, dead plugins & png resources)

  • Spanish & French: Fixed Accelerator tables (e.g. zxcvb keys not working) & drag+drop to Local Media views
  • Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Dutch, Romanian: Fixed Drag+drop from Explorer to Local Media views
  • German & Swedish: Fixed Drag+drop from Explorer to Local Media & PMP views
  • German, Japanese, Polish, Russian: General updates

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.''

"Save Winamp" website and a petition asking AOL either to keep Winamp alive or to open source its code, are now online.

Download: Winamp 5.666 Build 3516 Full | 11.9 MB (US English version, Freeware)
Download: Winamp 5.666 Build 3516 Full | 16.4 MB (Multi-national installer, Freeware)
Download: Winamp 5.666 Build 3516 Lite | 4.0 MB (basic 2.x-style mp3/cd player, Freeware)
View: Winamp Home page

The Pro & Full installers are the same for this release (No OpenCandy/Emusic/AOLSearch/Toolbar)

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While I agree the word 'danger' was too much, you cant deny that open-source offers the chance to continue a project while closed source denies that chance.

just put that piece of crap to rest, there are so many better players that are completely free, not ugly, not llama and actively developed

Better in what? Why is foobar2000 better? Because of the ASIO and Kernel Streaming? You have those things on Winamp, too. Why is AIMP 3 better? Because of the playlist manager? Hmm, that's a nice feature, but I can't say that is better because of that. Winamp Lite is fast, working fine, has a lot of plugins... and if you don't like the look of it, you can download another skin.

There's so much to improve about audio players..... 20 years of development, 15 or so of which are Winamps.
I tried the alternatives, foobar, AIMP, WMP and what not to be my music player. None of them are as optimized as Winamp... and even feature wise Winamp kicks ass.

reason why foobar2000 is better than winamp? it doesnt have a fkin skin
the only reason i use potplayer over vlc is because its actually better, although i would prefer vlc because it doesnt have a fkin skin

Still the best music player there is, glad to see they are getting the chance to finish up the final version.

TRC said,
I just want a small and light player, I don't need a "music manager". WinAmp does all I need.

WinAmp is a music manager too. Funny thing that is way more bloated than the other two players I mentioned.

TRC said,
Still the best music player there is, glad to see they are getting the chance to finish up the final version.

Na, Aimp3 killed it.

Dot Catrix said,

WinAmp is a music manager too. Funny thing that is way more bloated than the other two players I mentioned.

Not if you're using the lite version of Winamp, the lite version is lighter than the others on the market .

bb10 said,

Boom is lighter and is made by the foobar dev:
http://perkele.cc/software/boom

Hmm, as I see, yes, but it doesn't look too good (it looks quite awful, if you ask me... I couldn't use something like that because of the looks). Winamp Lite looks ok, it doesn't consume to much ram (if this could be a problem, today) and it's fast (you can use it on a computer from the early 2000s and still works fine).

Dot Catrix said,
Actually, MusicBee and foobar2000 are currently the best audio players.

It's good to know that your opinion is fact. "Actually", Winamp is superior to both of those players.

Dot Catrix said,
Actually, MusicBee and foobar2000 are currently the best audio players.

No other player can beat Winamp compact skin. Foobar is an eye sore.

Windows Nashville said,

It's good to know that your opinion is fact. "Actually", Winamp is superior to both of those players.

This. Even running the full Winamp "suite" ... no resources are taken up. playlists of 10k+ songs.. music manager open, all running.. 0.1% with a peak of 0.3% CPU usage.
Don't need Winamp Lite to have a lightweight player, just close the extra windows
Also it plays everything you throw at it (music wise, videos its horrible).
Feature wise, tell me a feature that any of the other music players have, that Winamp doesn't.... Other way around I can give you features Winamp has, the others don't.

It's all personal preference to use a music player. But when it comes to the 'best'. You look at resource usage, optimization and functionality. And in that sight, Winamp is and has been king for 15 years.

Shadowzz said,

This. Even running the full Winamp "suite" ... no resources are taken up. playlists of 10k+ songs.. music manager open, all running.. 0.1% with a peak of 0.3% CPU usage.
Don't need Winamp Lite to have a lightweight player, just close the extra windows
Also it plays everything you throw at it (music wise, videos its horrible).
Feature wise, tell me a feature that any of the other music players have, that Winamp doesn't.... Other way around I can give you features Winamp has, the others don't.

It's all personal preference to use a music player. But when it comes to the 'best'. You look at resource usage, optimization and functionality. And in that sight, Winamp is and has been king for 15 years.


Performance wise, foobar2000 eats Winamp for a lunch.

Dot Catrix said,

Performance wise, foobar2000 eats Winamp for a lunch.

Its been a while, but sometimes IE tends to freeze for a second or so. And when I was using Foobar, it stopped playing and stuttered (the horrible sound you get when the system crashes while playing music)... Winamp never stutters, always keeps on going (until end of song and then just 'paused', no stuck sound)

Also during gaming (heavier ones) I like to use my own custom hotkeys and not (just) media keys... always found other players to be laggy at that, taking up to several seconds reacting on the input, and most other music players don't even have the option for global hotkeys (foobar does tho).

I really tried, a year or 2 ago, Winamp had some bugs when you had 10.000+ songs in a playlist and I tried other players. development for music players seemed slow and all, so haven't bothered much with others since. Also very doubtful foobar is optimized more than Winamp in the mean time, I guess its more of the same nowadays.

yes, because AOL knows of the online petition or even care.
This is sad really. I stopped using windows a decade ago but the one and only windows application I miss is winamp.

These updates made the player crash now on certain mp3 files that contain images or urls. Downgrading back to a older version.

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