Winamp Media Player - A Comeback?
For anyone who has ever installed Winamp in its glory days, the phrase “Winamp. It really whips the llama’s ass!” will bring back some good memories. Back in the day, Winamp was the MP3 player of choice when it came to listening music on your PC.Although the media player has fallen out of favour in recent years, Winamp is set for an unexpected comeback in 2019, which could bring the 90s favourite back into the hearts of music lovers everywhere.In an interview with Tech Crunch, Alexandre Saboundjian, CEO of Radionomy, the company that acquired Winamp, announced that it will be launching an audio mobile app that will offer a complete listening experience to mobile users.
The Winamp app will aggregate various services such as music, podcasts and streaming services into a single location, offering a solution to the fragmented nature and often inconvenience of mobile audio. The mobile app will be released both for iOS and Android. However, the surprises don’t stop here – the original Desktop app, which hasn’t been updated since 2013, is also set to receive an update. Many former Winamp users may believe that the original version is now defunct, however, it is still used by over 100 million users, most of which are outside of the U.S.In fact, former or current users that are still plugged into the Winamp scene aren’t all that surprised by the now confirmed rumours about Winamp’s 2019 comeback, especially after an update to the Desktop player was leaked earlier this year.
The leak updated the original player from version 5.666 to version 5.8., offering an early Christmas gift to users that encountered compatibility issues with Windows 10. The official update was released by Winamp last month with the mention “This version is not an ongoing project but be sure that we are currently working hard on a future new Winamp.”It is unclear how the new mobile app will integrate with other audio and music apps on your phone like Google Music, Audible, Spotify or your podcast app, however, Saboundjian is confident it will gap the divide that exists in the mobile audio scene.The team working on launching the new Winamp mobile app are focusing on creating an app that’s consistent over mobile platforms and features an improved search, which is to be expected with a service that strives to join all this media together.As of yet, the details of the re-launch and the specifics of the services and features that users can expect with the new Winamp aren’t known.
Hopefully, the millions of global users that make up the Winamp community will be pleased with the new media player and the trademark slogan will be kept in the new player as well.Even though younger generations may not be familiar with the original media player, given that the new version will attempt something that’s completely new on the market, it’s bound to attract a lot of attention from all mobile music and audio consumers.