November 27, 2022

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I worked four years on the new version

I worked four years on the new version

Winamp was a favorite of MP3 players in the ’90s and early 2000s thanks to its ability to play audio files even on weak devices.

That’s why Winamp is so popular

Because when the program was introduced in 1997, many devices still struggled to play MP3 music without stuttering in other programs, but Winamp got the job done and quickly became a favourite, also thanks to its smart and simple interface. The software also helped support themes and extensions.

The last version before the current revival (there were many of them) is 5666 which came in 2013.

The program supports audio broadcast synchronization, CD burning, and format conversion. During installation, you can choose between the classic or modern interface:

That’s why it took so long

But after four years of hard work, the people behind it have finally released Winamp 5.9, Test Candidate 1, with version number 9999 (Download).

It took a long time, not only because covid came out, but also because they migrated the entire code base from Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2019. This also means you have to be running Windows 7 SP1 or later.

The developers also warn that some .dll files are not loaded, including gen_ff.dll which adds the ability to support modern themes.

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