Winamp takes to the Cloud in latest beta

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 20, 2013
Updated • Dec 5, 2013

Update: Please note that Winamp software and services will be closed down on December 20, 2013. The cloud service won't be available anymore from that moment forward, while software clients will continue to work.

Winamp Cloud is a new feature of the popular music streaming client Winamp that is currently in beta state. The idea behind it is to provide Winamp users with access to their music regardless of where they are or which device they use. While not compatible with all devices out there, you do get access to the cloud using Winamp Media Player on PC or Macintosh systems, Google Android, and directly in web browsers such as Firefox, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer.

Winamp Cloud is invite only at the time of writing. You can sign up for beta access on the official cloud website. Note though that you need to authenticate using a Facebook account to do so as there is no other option to sign up for beta access.

Once you have gone through the authentication you are added to a waiting list. Winamp announced that it will invite users on the waiting list regularly so that they can start using the service.

The cloud is currently only supported in the latest Winamp Beta which you can download from Winamp Labs. Winamp notes that beta versions are not yet "release ready" and that "crashes are possible".

You can only use the cloud functionality in Winamp if you have received an invitation to participate in the beta of the new service.

winamp cloud library

You need to sign in to your Cloud Account in the preferences under Media Library > Cloud Library. The library itself becomes then available in Winamp's Library module.

It is not really clear how the feature will work out once it is made available to the public. What is clear is that you can use it to synchronize at least part of your local music collection with the cloud storage, and from there to other devices the account is connected with.

It seems possible to use other storage platforms as well, at least that is suggested by the reset cloud library option in the preferences:

This will reset your Cloud library and all know sources back to that of a fresh install. This will also remove any files which have been uploaded to the Cloud Library or associated with other storage platforms, e.g. Dropbox.


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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