Winamp, legendary music player of the 2000s, is getting a streaming era refresh

Winamp is getting an upgrade for the streaming era.
Winamp is getting an upgrade for the streaming era.

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Winamp, the legendary music player which was a staple of early 2000s computers, is getting a refresh for the streaming era.

It’ll become an audio app which brings together music, podcasts and streaming in one place, according to TechCrunch.

The last time Winamp was updated was in 2013, when it was then owned by AOL. Belgian online radio firm Radionomy acquired the music player a year later, where it hasn’t seen much attention — with the exception of a community project that’s worked to keep it updated.

“You can listen to the MP3s you may have at home, but also to the cloud, to podcasts, to streaming radio stations, to a playlist you perhaps have built,” Alexandre Saboundjian, CEO of Radionomy, told the outlet. 

“People want one single experience … I think Winamp is the perfect player to bring that to everybody. And we want people to have it on every device.”

Aside from the pledge to unite all these sources under one app, there isn’t much detail as to how — or which services will be available in the updated Winamp. 

The revamp aims to fix mobile audio, where users still need to jump in and out of apps to use different services.

“What I see today is you have to jump from one player to another player or aggregator if you want to listen to a radio station, to a podcast player if you want to listen to a podcast — this, to me, is not the final experience,” Saboundjian added.

One app in mind that already does this with competing streaming services is Sonos’ Controller app, but that’s only so you can play audio on the brand’s wireless speakers, rather than natively on your device.

According to the outlet there are still conversations to be had when it comes to what services are available on the app, but one thing is still for sure: Winamp still really whips the llama’s ass.

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