Music player Winamp planning 2019 comeback

Alfred Osborne
October 19, 2018

While the first Winamp version was popular as a MP3 player for work areas, now there are plans to make it past a customary media player and take it to smartphones, which are quickly developing in the realm of computing devices.

Winamp is coming back. In an interview with TechCrunch, Alexandre Saboundjian, CEO of Winamp owner Radionomy, declined to specify what services were confirmed to be on board with Winamp's new "all-in-one" approach, or how it would even look to link up your Spotify, Apple Music or whatever else you now subscribe to. You can listen to the MP3s you have at home but also to music stored in the cloud, podcasts, streams, radio stations or a playlist, why not, that you would have made. People want a unique experience. "And we want people to have it on every device", he added.

For the moment no exact release date scheduled, but the mobile app Winamp should point the tip of his nose in 2019.

The ancient acolytes of the original Winamp may recall its integration with Shoutcast, an Internet radio service that streamed ambiguously licensed music into the desktop app, in case you got bored of your own MP3 collection and didn't want to courageous the peer-to-peer file-sharing that remains controversial to this day.

That's all well and good, but honestly, I'm more excited about the prospect of being able to apply skins to this media player app when it's out.

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The last time it was updated was in 2013, so the news of its revival is a longstanding one.

Bought by the Belgian company Radionomy in 2014 - in which Vivendi now has a majority stake - Winamp still exists as a desktop media player for PC and Mac. Further, the app will support both iOS and Android. An official version is expected to come out by October 18 which won't be much different from the leaked beta version. However, with the advent of streaming services and touchscreen phones, the classic music player lost its place.

According to Executive Director Alexander Sabungan Radionomy, Winamp still has about 100 million monthly users: "Users of Winamp are really everywhere". This is a huge number. "We have a really strong and important community".

Many users don't know these figures and think that Winamp is dead, because it hasn't been updated in ages.

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