Winamp is a popular third-party media player that dominated the music streaming industry before 2000 and is now ready to make a comeback. Radionomy, Winamp’s parent company, hinted at a restart plan with a redesigned website, logo, and new Beta registration, allowing users to test the latest version of the application with a new look. The Winamp media player for PC was introduced in 1997. Before the rise of streaming media applications such as Spotify, it continued to be one of the most popular platforms for playing MP3 tracks.
The new Winamp website has a new design and brand new logo. The site has a “Next Generation Winamp” tagline, and the application will allow users to broadcast online radio and podcasts. People can now visit the site and register for the Winamp beta test by entering their contact information. “Winamp is a legend. A game changer since 1997. A traditional media player and a vibrant community with 80 million active users around the world today,” reads the updated website.
Media players also invite artists and audio creators to join the platform. Winamp promises to control the content for creators and ensure that it helps to connect closely with fans to get a fairer income.
It is not clear what version Winamp will release for testing. Interested users can still download the current Winamp 5.8 version. The company claims that as of now, it has 80 million active users worldwide.
Recall that Winamp was originally owned by Nullsoft. The company was later sold to AOL in 1999. In 2014, Radionomy acquired Winamp and related services from AOL. The company witnessed a significant decline in its popularity at the time. Many attempts have been made to revive the application, but the progress is not smooth. Winamp’s first update in many years was officially released by the company in 2018. The update adds support for Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.
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