Contrary to what one might think, the audio software that had a major success in the early 2000s has never been disconnected. Winamp had gradually been replaced by other audio players, such as iTunes and Spotify, before being acquired by Radionomy from AOL in 2014.
The CEO of Radionomy made a public outing in 2018 to announce that Winamp was going to get a facelift in 2019 and that an update, 5.8, was going to be deployed. On the program at the time: the creation of a mobile application and the possibility of listening to new audio content, such as podcasts, in one place.
Four years later – pandemic obliges”, a new update, 5.9, was deployed, a
culmination years of hard work, according to the developer.
This new version of the software does not show any major aesthetic change. The modifications are more in the internal side of the software, with a recent development platform. They will allow developers to realize new ideas for the software, such as playing new audio formats.
The company also has plans to sell non-fungible tokens (non-fungible tokenWhere NFTin English) for the benefit of the Winamp Foundation, which helps artists.
The program still has 80 million users per month, according to the Winamp site. We just have to wait to see if it can divert music lovers’ attention from popular music streaming services.
The software is available for free download online from the Winam website (New window)p, and the company is continually working to fix some bugs.