Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
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Winamp is coming back in 2019 with a new mobile app

Winamp is coming back in 2019 with a new mobile app

This happened right after Winamp's developer Nullsoft got sold to Belgian radio aggregator Radionomy, and ever since, the desktop app received zero to no support despite still enjoying millions of montly active users worldwide.

The last time it was updated was in 2013, so the news of its revival is a longstanding one.

Remember Winamp, the legendary music player that used to whip the llama's ass? In an interview with TechCrunch, Alexandre Saboundjian, CEO of Winamp owner Radionomy, declined to specify what services were confirmed to be on board with Winamp's new "all-in-one" approach, or how it would even look to link up your Spotify, Apple Music or whatever else you now subscribe to. 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.

The revamp aims to fix mobile audio, where users still need to jump in and out of apps to use different services. Like a phoenix, the audio player Winamp will soon be reborn from its ashes to land on our smartphones.

The official version 5.8 release is coming this 18 October.

The company plans to release Winamp 5.8, the recently leaked version of the next "classic" version of the media player, later this week. A year later, Winamp for Mac OS called Winamp for Mac Sync Beta was released.

The app is expected to land for Android and iOS sometime in 2019.

When it comes to Winamp 6, there is no much to say, so we can only hope that a Windows version will come as well.

It must be noted that all these apps like Spotify, Google Music, etc. have their own apps, so Radionomy will have to provide a better incentive to convince users to try Winamp 6.

"Winamp users really are everywhere. It's a huge number", Saboundjian said. There can be many things which can be done on a smartphone app, but a lot of things cannot be done on the desktop version of Winamp. It has a strong community. The Creator of the program was American Justin Frankel.

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