Winamp

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1508 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.666
  • Total Downloads:
    15,701,900
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 02, 2013
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Note: Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Version 5.666 is the last release.

Editors' Review

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WinAmp 5.3 took some long-needed steps to improve the old-school media player, with support for AAC encoding, CD burning, and a robust file-management system. WinAmp 5.56 ups the ante with strong support for portable devices, including iPods, the ability to sync non-DRMed files to your PC from your device, an optional new interface layout and a built-in browser for media discovery.

We liked that clicking on an artist's name will get you related headlines and Web sites in a separate pane. There's also Podcast support, device synchronization that lets you tweak the sync list while in progress, and continued support for AOL's excellent Shoutcast. The new Bento layout is worth mentioning, too, because it gets the venerable llama away from the old modular format. The joined panes for the browser, media player, artist list, album list and more make WinAmp instantly more visually appealing. There's also an Auto-Tag feature, which will download metatags from the Gracenote database, and Winamp's proprietary music scrobler called Orgler, with links back to AOL Music.

If you want MP3 encoding and full-speed CD burning, you have to shell out $19.95 for the Pro version. However, there are other problems. Automatic album art download support is spotty at best. More importantly, there are some stability issues when playing videos, and occasional program crashes were far more common than they should be.

WinAmp 5.56 is no iTunes killer--not yet. It has become, however, a strong alternative and should be of interest to those looking for something with more meat on its bones. Llama meat, that is.

 
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  • Current Version

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5 stars

"Really happy with this program."

December 21, 2014  |  By MarisSteely

 |  Version: Winamp 5.666

Pros

Smooth working, effective.

Cons

No cons, quite happy with it.

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5 stars

"Best Media Player of All Time"

October 10, 2014  |  By Jonny1942

 |  Version: Winamp 5.666

Pros

- Blazingly fast - built by an 18-year old genius in an era when performance still mattered
- Unique and intuitive design that make WMP and iTunes feel like the UX from Mars (honestly I don't know anyone who can navigate those other two)

Cons

Years ago when AOL bought WinAMP! they replaced the media library GUI with a bloated, slow, and unresponsive HTML GUI. Actually, any HTML GUI is bloated, slow, and unresponsive. If you want to kill a product that shines particularly for its performance and responsiveness, give it an HTML GUI. Before they did that WinAMP! had a super-fast and responsive filter-on-the-fly native media library GUI. The devs were "less than civil" about it when we protested the change.

Summary

WinAMP! is a glimmer of "the good 'ole days" when software had to be fast and lightweight in order to run. You typically only had a handful of MB to work with, and now a-days we have a million times more capacity to work with and we simply treat it like a crutch piling layer upon layer of lazy fat and sloppy code spending more time convincing the end users that this is normal than actually doing the right thing. WinAMP! is one of those few things still remaining today that helps me escape the garbage in modern software.

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3 stars

"Too cluttered and unorganized"

July 06, 2014  |  By tomysshadow

 |  Version: Winamp 5.666

Pros

Can play FLAC and be customized a lot. For those of you who like libraries, this is a primary focus of Winamp, and it also has the ability to play CDs.

Cons

I never really liked Winamp, I find it to look too old overall and the library/playlists I don't like. I'd prefer to organize my files using Windows Explorer than within the player I use. But it is a matter of personal preferences. It is also awful for watching videos, which doesn't work half the time. The default skin could also be changed so... *shrugs* the catchphrase is also inappropriate for children.

Summary

It has had a comeback, but I still don't like it all that much. Depends who you are though.

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5 stars

"Simply the best"

June 08, 2014  |  By remnantwmig

 |  Version: Winamp 5.666

Pros

Intuitive interface

Cons

No so far !!!!

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3 stars

"whatever happened to the audio converter?"

May 06, 2014  |  By VinylMuseum

 |  Version: Winamp 5.666

Pros

Winamp has been around for a long time, and it used to be the only app I used for playing music on any of my computers. The free version used to include the audio converter.

Cons

The free version doesn't have the audio converter no more I see, and because of that I will not download the new version for any of my computers until they add the audio converter back to the free version, and I will give it five stars instead of three, because if I use a free player, I'l just use Itunes that come free with Mac. But for my microsoft computer I need an audio converter, and winamo was the first app I thought of until I found out the audio converter is not available no more. I guess you have to pay 20 dollars to have that feature. Thanks winamp, it doesn't kick a.. no more since the converters not available.

Summary

ADD the audio converter back to the free version. & I will come back and give 5 stars plus rewrite my review, p.e.a.c.e

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1 stars

"comes with malware"

April 17, 2014  |  By leighssneaky

 |  Version: Winamp 5.666

Pros

It does work once you remove the malware.

Cons

It comes with conduit (and no option to not install conduit), which is malware that hijacks your browser. It's difficult to remove. It involved running Malware Bytes and then changing some settings manually, as well.

Summary

Download this program from somewhere else.

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5 stars

"Excellent !"

February 06, 2014  |  By Hughes-Alexandre

 |  Version: Winamp 5.666

Pros

Stable - Efficient - Reads many many audio formats (I dont use it for video) - Simple, easy and useful buttons and features - Don't speed down your computer - Excellent audio quality - Easy to write ID2-3 tags - Ability to physically delete files from in the program - ...
This is the appliation I have used the most in my computer life : For 20 years !!!

Cons

- Some buttons of the interface should be bigger.

Summary

Excellent, simple, efficient !
I recommend it !

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5 stars

"Nothing better for your tunes!"

December 26, 2013  |  By CNETUser0001

 |  Version: Winamp 5.666

Pros

Fast
Easy to use
Low CPU usage
More than enough features
Plug-ins
Skins

Cons

No more updates beyond 5.666

Summary

I'm sorry to see it go.

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5 stars

"Best music player all around"

December 09, 2013

 |  Version: Winamp 5.666

Pros

Very good sound. Low CPU use.
Leave your files where you placed them and never try to re-encode them. Only change the tags when YOU do explicitely change them. This is oposite the the default behavious of the mamoth iTune (over 300 Mb) that insist on re-encoding all audio to AAC, relocate and retag your files on play...
Can handle libraries and playlists containing upward of 100000 tracks.

Cons

None that I can think of.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.666
  • Wireless desktop sync with Winamp for Android
  • iTunes Library Import
  • Enhanced Windows 8 support
  • Improved high resolution screen support
  • Improved playlist generator
  • Stability improvements, security and bug fixes
  • Available in 16 languages including Russian, French, German and Polish
General
Publisher Nullsoft
Publisher web site http://www.winamp.com/
Release Date November 26, 2013
Date Added December 02, 2013
Version 5.666
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements DirectX 9.0c,Internet Explorer 5.01 or higher
Download Information
File Size 16.64MB
File Name winamp5666_full_all.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 15,701,900
Downloads Last Week 9,896
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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