Tech & OnlineAfter more than four years, Winamp gets version 5.9

After more than four years, Winamp gets version 5.9

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Winamp, the classic MP3 player, is officially back. After more than four years since the last version, a new version of the software is now available for download. On the surface, however, not much seems to have changed in the app. However, the app’s code has been changed to a more modern one, so it will be much easier to update and improve in the future.

Winamp 5.9 is an upgrade on the code level, and in particular

Winamp has had a modernized look for a few years now, but those who are fond of the old design can still access the old interface skins, just like in the past. The important news is that Winamp 5.9, the new version that was recently released, has been moved from development with Visual Studio 2008 to the latest version, Visual Studio 2019.

Even though the application has not received any important new features at the moment, they will be easier to add from now on thanks to the modernized code.

Unfortunately, this also means that it will no longer be compatible with older operating systems. Those who had hoped to install Winamp 5.9 on a computer with Windows XP or Vista will not be able to do so. The new Winamp requires at least Windows 7 SP1. Those with older systems will have to stick with Winamp 5.8, the version that was released in 2018.

Among the plans of the team that released Winamp 5.9 is the implementation of official support for new modern audio formats, which did not exist when Winamp was relevant.

Also, the team wants to bring support for streaming services directly into Winamp, so you can listen to music from Spotify or other services directly in the classic application. Also planned are new viewers that react to the music during playback.

It is important to note that the new Winamp 5.9 is a kind of advanced beta version, not a 100% final version. The software has been posted for download on the Winamp forums as “RC1 Build 9999”, which suggests that it is an “almost” final version. Most likely, Winamp 6 will be the version that will be officially available for download when everything is ready.

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