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

CNET Editors' review

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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent !"

    February 6, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best music player all around"

    December 9, 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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