Winamp may not be dead after all; could be back with Windows 10 support as version 5.8 beta spotted

The new leaked beta for Winamp comes with a number of improvements and features including improved Windows 10 compatibility.

  • Published: September 20, 2018 4:27 PM IST

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Remember Winamp media player with its all shiny black skin that stood out from the default Windows interface unless you were in custom themes. It looks like one of the oldest media players may not be dead four years after AOL sold it to Radionomy. For context, Winamp was initially launched back in 1997 by developer Justin Frankel. AOL ended up buying the software for about $80 million in 1999 only to sell it to Radionomy after 15 years. Now after 21 years, it looks like the software may be coming back to the internet with support for modern systems including Windows 10.

According to a report by Neowin, a new beta version of the software was spotted on the internet hinting at the resurrection of the dead software. This new beta version aims at Winamp 5.8 with October 26, 2016, as the build date. We are unsure if this indicates at Winamp making its way back on our machines but this relatively new version was uploaded on filesharing websites by an anonymous user. According to the report, the new version comes with a number of improvements and features including improved compatibility to Windows 10.

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This version has also removed the Winamp Pro version which means that now the software is completely freeware. For reference, the last version available on Winamp forums is version 5.666. There is no official announcement from Winamp or Radionomy.

Considering that the new version is beta and available through anonymous sources, BGR India would recommend readers to not download the setup file. Instead, users waiting for Winamp‘s new version should wait for the official announcement along with an official installation link directly from the company.

  • Published Date: September 20, 2018 4:27 PM IST