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Winamp Lite

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Winamp has been around for ages--it's one of the first media players we remember using--and it's still alive and kicking. Winamp Lite is a scaled-down version of the program, offering the basic character of Winamp with fewer features and in a smaller package. Although we personally find Winamp to be dated and awkward to use, hard-core fans will likely approve of this lightweight version of the software.

Opening Winamp Lite was a blast from the past, as its interface has remained largely unchanged over the years. It's still full of tiny text and buttons with hard-to-read labels. The program is organized into a main window, playlist editor, equalizer, and video player; aside from the main window, these can be opened and closed independently of one another. It's easy enough to import and play songs with Winamp Lite, although some of its other features are likely to flummox the first-time user, given the abbreviated descriptions on many of the program's buttons. The online Help file isn't particularly helpful, either. Winamp Lite does get points for its excellent sound quality and support of a variety of file formats, which are attractive features for serious users. Overall, we know that Winamp has its loyalists, and we don't begrudge them their media player. But anyone who isn't already a fan of Winamp would do better to seek out a more straightforward option than Winamp Lite.

Winamp Lite installs politely but leaves a folder behind upon removal.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Like Winamp used to be when it was the best!"

    May 5, 2013  |   By jandsm5321

    Version: Winamp Lite 5.63

    Pros

    Small, low memory usage (used 6MB on my machine), low processor usage.

    Doesn't include all the features I don't use like web browsing or internet radio.

    Cons

    Doesn't have the library. I'd still like to be able to have it sort my music for me so I can pick my playlists by genre or artists.

    The installer is still full of spam, but they have to pay the bills somehow I guess.

    Summary

    This version has the Main Window, the Playlist Editor, the Equalizer, and the Video Player.

    It still has the ability to use visualizations but you have to install them. You can still use the skins as well.

    I like it, it is a very simple version, and that is the reason I started using Winamp around 15 years ago... I just wish they'd add a simple library feature back in.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Is it really light?"

    September 9, 2011  |   By Caminante5

    Version: Winamp Lite 5.621

    Pros

    Simple and easy.

    Cons

    Too slow and sometimes it freeze.

    Summary

    I do not know why it is light. It "eats" too many resources of the PC and sometimes when playing the music stops. I changed to the normal Winamp v.5.621.
    In the same PC, Songbird and iTunes work without problem.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A very good program."

    January 13, 2011  |   By Bill Burgess

    Version: Winamp Lite 5.581

    Pros

    Easy to work with. and understand.

    Cons

    Just trying to figure out how collect music from Morpheus.

    Summary

    Altogether a Very Good Program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great little program"

    December 23, 2010  |   By jhbarak

    Version: Winamp Lite 5.581

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    Could'nt find any

    Summary

    I would recommend to anyone

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Really 'Lite'"

    September 13, 2010  |   By baddy_3-

    Version: Winamp Lite 5.581

    Pros

    winamp's sound quality,obviously.
    0% cpu 10mb ram usage.
    great win7 integration( file assoc. and taskbar controls).
    super quick load time.

    Cons

    nope. just what i need.

    Summary

    if you don't need a player that can make coffee, or you are a foobar fan - this lite version might well be your permanent second option.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "SOMETHING STRANGE"

    July 9, 2010  |   By ppflooleon

    Version: Winamp Lite 5.58

    Pros

    I DONT LIKE TOO MUCH THIS VERSION

    Cons

    I GOT ONLY SHOUTCAST RADIO OPTION

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Be weary of bundled components and all shall be well"

    July 7, 2010  |   By sparcdr1

    Version: Winamp Lite 5.58

    Pros

    As you don't select the crud the installer suggests, it's a solid app just as it was in the past.
    It works on all modern Windows systems.
    It has useful plugins (Shoutcast and EDCast DSP)
    The UI has been consistent for years but have skinning as well.

    Cons

    Its associated with AOL and presents crud as default options.
    It doesn't do a good job telling you about what's contained in Pro. (Format export)
    It is arguably a bloated piece of software because of what it bundles (These things are purely optional)

    Summary

    So long as you pay attention during install, it is a good player which is lighter than iTunes. The streaming video feature is nice as is the format support that many other players lack.
    Winamp lets you chose the audio device (Through DSP/Output) to playback media.
    It supports obscure formats including open-source ones.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great way to keep good music handy!"

    July 7, 2010  |   By 2bwshook

    Version: Winamp Lite 5.58

    Pros

    I enjoy having the background music playing while I am doing things on the computer.

    Cons

    None to date.

    Summary

    I highly recommend Winamp to anyone who enjoys listening to music while they're working on the computer.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Didn't evaluate yet."

    April 25, 2008  |   By eddiecrippen

    Version: Winamp Lite 5.51.1763

    Pros

    Didn't evaluate yet.

    Cons

    Didn't evaluate yet.

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