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Winamp to return in 2019 with a revamped version; to be one-stop solution for music

The music player still commands “millions strong” Winamp community across the globe with “a hundred million monthly users”.

  • Published: October 16, 2018 1:34 PM IST
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Remember the recent rumors about Winamp and it’s suspected resurrection from the dead? Well, it looks like the rumors were pointing towards the truth. Radionomy CEO Alexandre Saboundjian confirmed that a completely revamped version of Winamp is scheduled to release in 2019. For context, Radionomy purchased Winamp back in 2014. This new version, Winamp 6 will bring a number of changes to the popular music player by making it one stop shop for your music needs. This includes cloud storage of music, podcasts, streaming music, and even radio stations so that users don’t have to leave Winamp if they have any requirements about audio.

For the people who have not really head about Winamp or were born in the 2000s, it is one of the most popular music playing software at its time and served its users for more than 15 years. The software was widely used and still commands “millions strong” Winamp community across the globe. The music player still commands “a hundred million monthly users”. In addition to the announcement for the revamped version, Saboundjian also added that a new updated version for Winamp, Winamp 5.8 will be launched on October 18 which will focus on compatibility and bug fixes. This version will be similar to the one that leaked back almost a month back keeping things familiar for users.

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According to a detailed report by Tech Crunch, Saboundjian added, “There will be a completely new version next year, with the legacy of Winamp but a more complete listening experience.” To make the experience more comprehensive, the announcement also added that the company is working on Winamp for Android and iOS devices.

Though, no concrete details were shared about what streaming services will be supported by Winamp at launch. He detailed that the team is currently focused on building a consistent experience for Winamp 6 across devices and it is likely that the company may look at licensing once the work on the main app is done.

  • Published Date: October 16, 2018 1:34 PM IST