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Winamp

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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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Remains an outstanding product"

    November 28, 2011  |   By bblaxx

    Version: Winamp 5.622

    Pros

    versatile player with many very cool options

    Cons

    takes forever to load
    buffering of some video channels is crummy

    Summary

    even with its minor limitations, one can find no better audio/video player on the net

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  • 5.0 stars

    "does everything I want in a music player service"

    November 28, 2011  |   By Rusty Knight

    Version: Winamp 5.622

    Pros

    easy and quick to use.

    Cons

    set up is a little harder then most. takes actual thinking for parts of the set up. Would like better skins at installation.

    Summary

    good, use it daily. quick to set up and label play lists. Have over 15.000 tunes and it handles the load well.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Sham! Garbage! Waste of Time!"

    November 27, 2011  |   By joelb662

    Version: Winamp 5.622

    Pros

    Seem to be many - but I can'4. Cons: (10 characters minimum)234 of 1,000 charactersWon't install (Third major attempt) - If installed, won't function! (Hours spent working with it) Can't get tech help if you're not a paying member (Not very likely, now) Tutorials written for those who already know how to use it... 5. Summary: (optional)350 of 15,000 charactersWhoa! Major disappointment!!! Can't get tech help... forums no help either. Just WILL NOT INSTALL on my laptop (HP Dv7) running AMD Turion X2 chip - 64 bit - 4Gb ram - Win7 Home Prem SP1

    If a knowledgeable, sympathetic, english-speaking human being is really reading this - a reply and some aid will get you my sincere blessings unto eternity!!! Add Your Review
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    t find them if the program don't work! (I know, I know.... 14 million users) (and me a mechanical engineer of 45 years experience!)

    Cons

    Won't install (Third major attempt) - If installed, won't function! (Hours spent working with it) Can't get tech help if you're not a paying member (Not very likely, now) Tutorials written for those who already know how to use it...

    Summary

    Whoa! Major disappointment!!! Can't get tech help... forums no help either. Just WILL NOT INSTALL on my laptop (HP Dv7) running AMD Turion X2 chip - 64 bit - 4Gb ram - Win7 Home Prem SP1

    If a knowledgeable, sympathetic, english-speaking human being is really reading this - a reply and some aid will get you my sincere blessings unto eternity!!!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "very good comfortable experience"

    November 20, 2011  |   By vjharia

    Version: Winamp 5.622

    Pros

    improve search for free eMusic

    Cons

    found none but meager

    Summary

    over all far better than WMP

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does What It Says and Then Some!"

    November 19, 2011  |   By Thiarella

    Version: Winamp 5.622

    Pros

    I downloaded it to supplement Windows Media Player and it was better than I thought!

    Cons

    Not as easy to use as WMP.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This was a major disappointment"

    November 15, 2011  |   By patsydg

    Version: Winamp 5.622

    Pros

    At least it was free

    Cons

    I had to delete this software almost as soon as I downloaded and installed it. It continued to interfere with my new lenovo that runs Win7.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is an excellent, stable and versatile platform"

    November 14, 2011  |   By Craftsman-636

    Version: Winamp 5.622

    Pros

    Very easy to use as a playback system. I cue music and with the cross-fade add-in it makes a performance job easy for me.

    Cons

    Sometimes the screen is too small to read in low light, and sometimes I find that levels aren't as well regulated. Then again, I don't use an automated level control, so I can't complain at all.

    Summary

    Over the years, this stable and reliable platform has gotten easier to use, more eye friendly, and even more useful in cued live production sound playback.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does what I want"

    November 14, 2011  |   By yakc130

    Version: Winamp 5.622

    Pros

    Plays music from the different places I download from.

    Cons

    None noted

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works beautifully as always"

    November 10, 2011  |   By aisaobba

    Version: Winamp 5.622

    Pros

    I do not see anything different in the newest version.

    Cons

    No Cons to speak about.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does what it's meant to; play media files"

    November 7, 2011  |   By falexge

    Version: Winamp 5.622

    Pros

    This is by far the best audio player I've used.
    Forget about iTunes, Windows Media Player, VLC, and the others.

    Winamp has a great media library, supports a wide variety of file formats and most importantly, supports most portable media players out there, including Phones! =O

    And one last thing... Winamp supports automatic downloading and syncing of podcasts! Very great if you ask me.

    Cons

    I'd advice you to stick to some other media player if you're going to watch videos. Winamp's video handling is a little less than what other packages offer.

    Summary

    If you're looking to play audio, Winamp is best. Video fans should look beyond it though.

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