The new Winamp Player will launch on April 13, 2023

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 12, 2023
Updated • Apr 12, 2023
Music and Video

The next iteration of Winamp Player, a once popular music player, will be released on April 13, 2023. The announcement comes from the official Winamp Twitter account, which shared some images of the new version.

Winamp was a popular player for a long time. It supported most audio formats, could be customized with themes and extended with plugins. Things started to deteriorate shortly after it was acquired by AOL, yes that AOL. Development slowed down and Winamp was sold eventually when AOL needed to drop weight, but not much change.

Then, suddenly, a comeback was announced. This happened in late 2021 and users could join a waiting list to stay in the loop. Winamp 5.9 Final, the first full release of the player, was released in September of 2022. That version looked very similar to the original Winamp release.

The upcoming version of Winamp is a full revamp of the player. It features a redesigned interface, and that alone will likely be controversially discussed.

Core functionality, playback of music, streaming services, podcasts, radio stations, audio books and other media remains a strong feature of the player. Some things will be different though, as one of the main features of the new Winamp is to bring content creators and users closer together.

Winamp will include options for creators to add plans, called creator membership tears, to their profiles. Users may sign-up for those to receive benefits.

It appears that the feature is entirely optional. It could attract content creators, musicians, but also podcasts, to the app. Hardcore Winamp users may feel that the app is going in the wrong way with the integration of that functionality.

The new Winamp app improves artist discovery and other areas of the app.

Users on Twitter are already split between "this looks beautiful" to "this will surely load slow" and "no one asked for a media player clone".

Tomorrow's release will give all users a chance to try out the new Winamp release. We will certainly take the new Winamp for a test drive tomorrow, to see how it performs and how all of its features work.

There are lots of questions without an answer at this point. We don't know if there is a compact player option available, whether themes and plugins will be supported, how fast the player will be, or for which platforms it will be released.

Established players such as MusicBee are already available, that offer a lot. It will be interesting to see how the new Winamp fares against those.

Now You: will you give the new Winamp a try?

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  1. seb said on April 17, 2023 at 6:17 pm

    Hahah nothing launched.
    Aimp and WACUP best players!

  2. Rebecca F said on April 13, 2023 at 11:46 pm

    Leave the NFT pushers…
    Why not try QMMP?
    Plays your music files and network streams, AND supports the Winamp skins.
    Not into that? Music Bee is cool.
    Don’t trust NFT pushing scammers!

  3. Fingers Crossed said on April 13, 2023 at 10:54 am

    Sooo, is the idea here to get all the music creators in the world to join WinAmp so that listeners can buy the music there? There’s already Bandcamp trying to do that.. All I care about is does this thing play local music without harassing me to JOIN or ADD something.. Even more importantly I hope that everything not related to local music can be deactivated or removed. Let’s see what this is all about, my GUESS is that I will be massively disappointed and this is just another bloated adware scam operation disguised as a useful program.

  4. Graham said on April 13, 2023 at 8:34 am

    After WinAmp decided to embrace NFTs last October, I’m reluctant to ever use them again.

  5. Oxa said on April 13, 2023 at 3:53 am

    I don’t want to “connect with creators.” I just want to listen to music.

  6. Anonymous said on April 12, 2023 at 10:56 pm

    Dead on arrival. Web page like interface is ugly, just like the ones on all modern media players. Large padding throughout, gimmicks like nfts. I’ll keep using the original Winamp and AIMP that’s far more feature rich and lightweight.

  7. SomethingHappened said on April 12, 2023 at 8:20 pm

    That appears to be bloated web crap. We don’t need another pyramid scheme Spotify or Groove competitor. I’ll continue using WACUP (WinAmp Community Update Project), which is the genuine Winamp.

  8. MusicWasp said on April 12, 2023 at 5:14 pm

    I already see that this is not for anyone with a seriously large collection. This will not compete with MusicBee in any shape or form, but could maybe be an alternative to the new Microsoft mediaplayer (music) or maybe even Dopamine, just maybe since Dopamine is actually kinda ok. Cute little player for the casual user is where this is at. BUT they will most likely soil it with ads and bloatware.. So, choose Dopamine instead =) Oh and there’s a new cross-platform player that looks very promising, Harmonoid. Check that one out too.

  9. basingstoke said on April 12, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    Sure, you could use a weird Spotify clone – meanwhile I’ll be over here using the superior (to everything) foobar2000.

    Puny mortals.

    “plans”, “discovery”, do people seriously want this stuff?

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