Winamp

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.65
  • Total Downloads:
    15,697,604
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 25, 2013
  • Price:
    Free

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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1 stars

"Installs Malware! Sweetpacks is impossible to remove!"

October 08, 2013  |  By dinotoad

 |  Version: Winamp 5.65

Pros

None - Installed Malware on my system which was very difficult to remove

Cons

Installs Malware! Installs Sweetpacks and other malware which is very hard to remove

Summary

Stay away!!!

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5 stars

"None of the others I tried worked right...."

September 28, 2013  |  By PatGoldson

 |  Version: Winamp 5.65

Pros

WinAmp works just as the publisher said it would. Easy to install. Easy to build playlists. Straightforward interface. Quick to respond.

Cons

As did all the other (a long list of top rated) media players I tried, it drags and skips a bit when I open other applications.

Summary

I tried the Windows, Apple and a tedious list of other media players and as I said, they all skipped and dragged, and they were unpredictable in the set-up stage- especially in the setting up the media files- like double entries of files or incomplete entries of the files in a folder.

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4 stars

"Good alternative to Windows Media Player"

September 04, 2013  |  By Blues22475

 |  Version: Winamp 5.65

Pros

Plays most common music file types.
Plug-ins for playing other music types (such as music from video games) and adding additional features.
Lots of custom classic skins.
Classic skin mode is great for systems that have very low resources and struggle to play music in Windows Media Player (first started using this on a P3 machine in my youth).

Cons

Playing videos on it can be a bad time. Do not use this if you're looking for something to play videos on.
Installer can install alot of crapware if you are not paying attention.

Summary

Overall it's pretty great media player. Have been using it for years and years. The installer is something to watch out for as it installs crapware if you are not reading and changing the things installed on it.

Plug-ins allow you to add functionality to the player, and it also can play video game music that is emulated (with the use of add ins).

Very customization for those who like tweaking it.

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1 stars

"My malwarebyte detected a Trojan"

August 29, 2013  |  By TommyLarson

 |  Version: Winamp 5.65

Pros

I have not installed it yet

Cons

I have not installed it yet

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3 stars

"Great until you get on their sell mode"

August 24, 2013  |  By jkingo

 |  Version: Winamp 5.65

Pros

Great at auto-tag; plays almost all files including FLAC

Cons

Like all freebies, they'll do anything to get you to upgrade

Summary

Had to uninstall because I could no longer see the library. Because Winamp is so determined to make money off their "free" version, if you press the wrong button on your computer/winamp program, all you can see is a full screen of nonsense trying to sell something or put you on twitter. Tried to go back to library, tried scrolling through help, tried file, edit, visual, nothing. Good luck to Winamp; it was a nice free device. But it's not exactly intuitive.

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2 stars

"alternative to the sheep but BEWARE:"

July 27, 2013  |  By durango1967

 |  Version: Winamp 5.65

Pros

-no longer skips between dance tracks. IE continuous play- This was a big drawback to ALL media players until the Winamp version update just before this one. On dance music albums these type of players would pause between tracks like a normal album but on a lot of Trace or House music is blended for seamless transitions between tracks. Very annoying but fixed now.

-not iTunes

-not Windows Media Player

Cons

first thing the install program does is takeover and add stuff (toolbar and new tab redirect) to your browser WITHOUT asking. redirects searches to BING of all things AND not easy to get ride of...did this to both Firefox and Chrome...had to delete and re-install both to get back to 'normal'. NOT COOL! PS: decided to stick with the last version because of this.

still doesn't seem to have options to post what your listening to Social Media.

have to pay 'extra' to play .mp3

Summary

if it didn't try to take over my browsers and computer in general it would be my only media player.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.65
Version 5.65 fixed issues with some radio streams no longer playing as a result of the Icecast fix in 5.64, crash when pasting artwork into File Info dialog in 5.64, and PIC frame rendering in ID3v2.2 tags.
General
Publisher Nullsoft
Publisher web site http://www.winamp.com/
Release Date July 24, 2013
Date Added July 25, 2013
Version 5.65
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7, 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 15,697,604
Downloads Last Week 10,058
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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