Winamp is coming back from the dead. Fans would of course beg to differ. But the last time folks at Radionomy updated the app was in 2013, and even though Winamp has been around, without the lack of proper support, it might as well be dead. Fans who have been sticking around — Winamp has been a community and legacy product after all — are in for a pleasant surprise though. The legendary mp3 player from the 90s is set to make a comeback as an all-in-one music player in 2019.
Winamp transitioning into an all-in-one music player is big task, and is easily among the biggest update to the player since its inception in 1997. The mp3 player, known for its community driven approach towards customization, is looking to be a one stop shop or aggregator for all your music. This includes playlists, podcasts, streaming radio stations, and more. That’s right. Users will be able to access all of this from one app on mobile, if Radionomy CEO Alexandre Saboundjian is to be gone by.
“There will be a completely new version next year, with the legacy of Winamp but a more complete listening experience. You can listen to the MP3s you may have at home, but also to the cloud, to podcasts, to streaming radio stations, to a playlist you perhaps have built,”.
Winamp was extremely popular for its user-friendly graphics, the flashy visualizations, but failed to make the transition from PC to mobile. This forced them to shut shop in 2014 and its revival, yet again on a PC seems like a weird move in this day and age.
We first heard about Winamp making a comeback in September which was notified via a report, showing leaked ‘change logs’ making it compatible with Microsoft’s latest operating system. The player was also likely to be updated with support for latest audio codecs, and definitely change the way it looks.
It was also suggested that the new-look Winamp could get a premium version, asking users to pay for its service. Not sure that’ll appeal to users when they have options like VLC Player now but bundling with streaming services could work in its favour.