Winamp is a well-known multimedia player that stands out especially for the multiple customization options that it can offer users through the different skins and add-ons that it has. And although the golden days of this type of program are behind us, it is still an excellent alternative for users, especially when it comes to playing all kinds of audio, such as music lists.
In the first instance, we have to say that if you have installed this software and you notice that it cannot play any particular audio or video format, you should check among its plugins, since several of them help to solve these inconveniences. Anyway, by itself, the application is compatible with the main formats of this type of files, although, at the end of the review, we delve more into it.
After that clarification, we must point out that although the program interface may be somewhat confusing at first by the many functions available to the user, it is a matter of focusing on the most important. For example, we have the Manage playlists section, within which it will be possible to go adding, either by opening from there or by dragging, all audio files.
For a basic use as it can be to add music that we describe here, you should know that the main functions are insight in the main window. There you will be able to skip from one track to another, pause the current playback, and much more. Do you want to see the lyrics of the music tracks as they play? You are not the only one, as it is one of its most famous plugins, one that you will find under the name of Lyrics Plugin for Winamp.
We were talking before about Winamp's interface, which could be somewhat complicated. However, as far as its interface is concerned, you do not need to be content with that black color that comes by default, but you can make the changes you want. In the Options, Color Themes section in the application's main menu, you can select any of the aesthetic styles that this player has to propose.
Do you want an even more abrupt change? Then we recommend you try Skins, a section of this player ideal for lovers of computer history, for those who grew up listening to their favorite music thanks to this program. From there, you can select the old interfaces that Winamp has had along its path so that you will recover a lost part of your youth.
Another interesting feature, especially considering that we are talking about a historical program, not to say old, is that its developers have released a version for Android that we can synchronize with the one we install on the computer. In this way, all the changes we have made will be seen on both devices, and we can also control our PC remotely from the mobile, which is always an interesting option, especially in meetings.
At the same time, if you have a library already made with all kinds of details in your iTunes account, you should know that Winamp has a function that allows you to import it online, so you can access your data without having to add them individually.
What formats can we play, thanks to Winamp? Many, but we will highlight some of the most famous for you to keep in mind: XMZ, WMA, MPG, MPEG, OGG, MPI, VOC, MID, MP3, MIDI, WMV, AMF, MOD, ASF, AIFF, AAC, IT, NST, STM, AIF, ITZ, NSV, STZ, KAR, MP2, ULT, M2V, OKT, VLB, APL, M3U, MP3, PLS, M4A, MP4, PTM, WAV, AU, MDZ, RMI, AVI, S3M, CDA, MTM, S3Z, XM, FAR, MIZ, NSA, and SND.
Now, this program is not only for playing music, as it was in its origins, but over time it has added other functions that, if you have uninstalled it long ago, you may not have taken into account. Among them, it now allows access to podcasts, radio programs recorded by professionals or lovers of this media, ideal for informing us about our favorite topics.
How has been our experience with this media player? Really positive. At all times has been shown as stable software, without problems to open or audio or video, which plays in outstanding quality in all cases.
And who can we recommend its installation? Basically to all users who have a good music library downloaded on their computers. If you do not go streaming or have a computer that you use without the Internet, you will find in Winamp a luxury ally to play a complete list, modify it at will from the main menu, add more songs from the folders in which you store content, etc.
However, if you have an Internet connection, and above all, if you are willing to pay for a Premium plan of Spotify, we believe that this is much more modern and simple since you will not need to download absolutely any song before. Still, if you're still interested in a media player, there are few better alternatives than Winamp.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is Winamp downloadable for Windows 10?
- Yes, this software can be downloaded and is compatible with Windows 10.
- What operating systems is it compatible with?
- This software is compatible with the following 32-bit Windows operating systems:
Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP.
Here you can download the 32-bit version of Winamp.
- Is it compatible with 64-bit operating systems?
- Yes, although there is no special 64-bit version, so you can download the 32-bit version and run it on 64-bit Windows operating systems.
- What files do I need to download to install this software on my Windows PC?
- To install Winamp on your PC, you have to download the winamp58_3660_beta_full_en-us.exe file to your Windows and install it.
- Which version of the program am I going to download?
- The current version we offer is the 5.8.
- Is Winamp free?
- Yes, this program is free so you will be able to use it without any limitations, and without additional cost.
- Are there alternatives and programs similar to Winamp?
- Yes, here you can see similar programs and alternatives.