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Winamp, the best MP3 player of the 1990s, gets a major update

Winamp, the leading music player of the late 1990s and early 2000s that Radionomy acquired from AOL in 2014, has received a major new update for the first time in four years. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via Ars Technica: The release notes for Winamp 5.9 RC1 Build 1999 say that the update represents four years of work by two separate development teams, delayed between them by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the work done on this build is focused on behind-the-scenes work modernizing the code base, meaning it still looks and acts like a turn-of-the-millennium Windows app. The entire project has been migrated from Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2019, a wide range of audio codecs have been updated to newer versions, and support for Windows 11 and https streams has been improved.

The final release will be version 5.9, with some features planned for release in version 5.9.1 “and later” (version 6.0 is not mentioned). Requires Windows 7 SP1 or later, removing support for Windows XP. That said, in our limited testing, the “new” Winamp is still in many ways an old app, one not cut out for the age of high-resolution, high-density displays. This can cause usability issues, depending on what you’re trying to run it on. But hey, for everyone still trying to keep hope alive, it’s nice to see something on Winamp.com that isn’t some weird NFT project and a promise of updates to come.

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