Winamp to return in 2019 as new all-in-one audio mobile app

Computer monitor using Winamp

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However, although I have been using this Windows program for years as my one and only audio player, there comes a time to move on when you have to move on when it comes to outdated software. A very committed community, if you consider that the app still has more than 100,000 users worldwide (according to Devin Coldewey at TechCrunch).

Winamp 6 will work as a neutral one-player-for-all where users can listen to their personal music collection while also plugging in to streaming services like Audible, Google Music library, Podcasts and Spotify playlists. People want one single experience.

The Winamp music player, which has been in existence for 21 years now, is still alive. "And we want people to have it on every device", said Alexandre Saboundjian who is the CEO of Radionomy.

A new update, Winamp 5.8 will be released later this week.

In all probability, the new Winamp will work similar to how Amazon positions its Prime Music, that is available via mobile app as well on the desktop. Released in 1997, Winamp was originally developed by Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev by their company Nullsoft, which they later sold to AOL in 1999 for $80 million.

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Back in its heyday, Winamp was one of the most popular apps for designers to create themes and change the way the interface looked. There is also no word on if Winamp will get the same customization features that made it so popular in its early days.

"Winamp users really are everywhere". The 5.8 release of Winamp will be coming this week to fix some bugs and compatibility issues. "It's a huge number", Saboundjian said.

Many users don't know these figures and think that Winamp is dead, because it hasn't been updated in ages.

Bought by the Belgian company Radionomy in 2014 - in which Vivendi now has a majority stake - Winamp still exists as a desktop media player for PC and Mac. Or you can get the official non-leaked version 5.8 that should come out anytime this week (most probably on the 18th).

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