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(Gizmodo)   Hey, remember WinAmp? Yeah, no one else does either   (gizmodo.com) divider line 375
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2012-06-25 10:46:11 AM  
I'm listening to shoutcast right now. It's pretty nice.
I still remember the joy of finding out that winamp could play my mp2s when I switched to half duplex. They were so much smaller than aiffs.
 
2012-06-25 10:49:48 AM  
I hardly use it now...mainly because I just bookmark YouTube videos with songs I want to listen to.

Still, WA was always 1000x better than WMP or Real*buffering*
 
2012-06-25 10:59:16 AM  
I actually still use it. Does that make me un-hip?
 
2012-06-25 11:01:40 AM  

Cythraul: I actually still use it. Does that make me un-hip?


Listening to Energy 98 now via winamp so yes, we're both unhip and part of a stagnated user base.

Winamp at least knows how to handle bluetooth AVRCP correctly...
 
2012-06-25 11:08:16 AM  
I still use it every day. It was on my "must have" list 13 years ago, and it's still there today. It's a great little program.
 
2012-06-25 11:12:50 AM  
Other than iTunes, I'm not sure there is a competitor for playing MP3s on PCs. I've used Winamp forever.
 
2012-06-25 11:21:45 AM  
It really kicks the llamas ass.....
 
2012-06-25 11:24:06 AM  

MassAsster: It really kicks the llamas ass.....


WHIPS! It WHIPS the llama's ass.
 
2012-06-25 11:28:51 AM  
I still use it. It's not bloatware and it can handle FLAC files.
 
2012-06-25 12:00:03 PM  

BurnShrike: MassAsster: It really kicks the llamas ass.....

WHIPS! It WHIPS the llama's ass.


Damn, it was whips.... Hell, I was close...
 
2012-06-25 01:09:57 PM  
I still use it too.

It does what I want it to do (play music), and like Chariset said, it doesn't launch services I don't want.

When you are tweaking your rig to brim with an unstable MODed Skyrim, Winamp will play where other players would bring everything down.
 
2012-06-25 01:33:14 PM  
I still use it to listen to video game MIDIs.
 
2012-06-25 01:38:12 PM  
And reading that article, I see a lot of parallels between WinAMP/AOL and Flickr/Yahoo.

Actually, reading the actual article on ArsTechnica that Gizmodo copy-pasted sections of, I mean.
 
2012-06-25 01:54:49 PM  
AOL acquires a useful, profitable commodity and runs it into the ground? I can't believe something like that could be true!
 
2012-06-25 01:57:07 PM  

Ennuipoet: AOL acquires a useful, profitable commodity and runs it into the ground? I can't believe something like that could be true!


Also, in ten years I predict someone will make the exact same statement but will replace AOL with Facebook.
 
2012-06-25 01:58:28 PM  
I've used it fairly recently to move songs from my iPod to my work computer. Pretty handy for that, iTunes wouldn't do it.

That said, hey look! An article about another article.
 
2012-06-25 02:02:04 PM  

BurnShrike: I still use it every day. It was on my "must have" list 13 years ago, and it's still there today. It's a great little program.


Same here. Does exactly what I want it to, isn't bloated with unnecessary crap, and never has a problem playing anything.
 
2012-06-25 02:02:53 PM  
I'm also in the crowd that uses it, for my MP3's, KFI Radio stream, No Agenda stream, etc.
 
2012-06-25 02:04:11 PM  
WinAmp did funny things with my audio volume settings.
Never managed to find a solution.

Still have it anyway.
 
2012-06-25 02:06:45 PM  
sigh
does this mean that I might need to DL winamp again???
sigh
 
2012-06-25 02:12:20 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: I hardly use it now...mainly because I just bookmark YouTube videos with songs I want to listen to.


Funny you should say that. I just realized yesterday that I hardly listen to actual mp3 files any more. At least when I'm at home. Its so much easier just to type in a song name on a you tube search. And you get the benefit of finding live, cover, or rare versions of said song you'd never heard before.
 
2012-06-25 02:28:40 PM  

albert71292: I'm also in the crowd that uses it, for my MP3's, KFI Radio stream, No Agenda stream, etc.


When I do listen to mp3's, yep... count me in for using WinAmp. Heck, I think I'm using the version from 1999 or whatever. It just works. I don't want frills, I just want to listen to mp3s, either individually or as saved playlists. The end. I don't need to see album covers. I don't need it to link to facebook or whatever. Just play music, and I'll take it from there.
 
2012-06-25 02:35:15 PM  

downstairs: Grand_Moff_Joseph: I hardly use it now...mainly because I just bookmark YouTube videos with songs I want to listen to.

Funny you should say that. I just realized yesterday that I hardly listen to actual mp3 files any more. At least when I'm at home. Its so much easier just to type in a song name on a you tube search. And you get the benefit of finding live, cover, or rare versions of said song you'd never heard before.


I'm all about online streaming. The iheart radio app and pandora are awesome.
 
2012-06-25 02:40:39 PM  
I will say that I REALLLY miss launchcast.
It did an INSANELY great job of introducing me to a couple of bands and songs which I would never have found on my own. never, ever.

pandora, hasnt even come close.
oh well
 
2012-06-25 02:44:06 PM  
Wow. What a bunch of farking idiots at AOL. I stopped using WinAMP a long time ago when it seems to get too commercialized. I never realized that's what went down with it though.

I've been using VideoLAN for pretty much everything for several years now.
 
2012-06-25 02:45:25 PM  

Chariset: I still use it. It's not bloatware and it can handle FLAC files.


THIS.Kittypie070: WinAmp did funny things with my audio volume settings.
Never managed to find a solution.

Still have it anyway.


Start>control panel>sounds and audio devices>audio>sound playback>volume
 
2012-06-25 02:47:17 PM  

Chariset: I still use it. It's not bloatware and it can handle FLAC files.


THIS.
 
2012-06-25 02:54:27 PM  

RichieLaw: downstairs: Grand_Moff_Joseph: I hardly use it now...mainly because I just bookmark YouTube videos with songs I want to listen to.

Funny you should say that. I just realized yesterday that I hardly listen to actual mp3 files any more. At least when I'm at home. Its so much easier just to type in a song name on a you tube search. And you get the benefit of finding live, cover, or rare versions of said song you'd never heard before.

I'm all about online streaming. The iheart radio app and pandora are awesome.


To some, yeah. I'm real specific about what I listen to though... so the randomness doesn't appeal to me. But that's just me... my wife uses pandora, and I think its awesome for most people. Seed it with a Black Crowes song, and you'll get hours of songs, of which you'll probably enjoy 90% of.

I'm more of a "I want to listen to this specific REM song"... "now I want to hear this specific Electric Six song", repeat ad naseum depending on how much vodak I've had.
 
2012-06-25 02:58:10 PM  

namatad: sigh
does this mean that I might need to DL winamp again???
sigh


1st world problems.
 
2012-06-25 03:01:42 PM  

Bukharin: namatad: sigh
does this mean that I might need to DL winamp again???
sigh

1st world problems.


and then?
 
2012-06-25 03:06:08 PM  
i still use it occasionally. glad the llama's ass was mentioned.
 
2012-06-25 03:17:13 PM  
Still use it. The smaller, black classic skin. Volume/pan/track info at the top, EQ in the middle, playlist at the bottom. No browser plugins, no libraries, no toolbar controls/agents. Just the good old-fashioned player. Whooop.
 
2012-06-25 03:35:08 PM  

Cythraul: I actually still use it. Does that make me un-hip?


Guess I'm unhip too. I use it every day when listening to MP3s. I love the classic look and don't like change. It has no bloatware, ads, etc. It's perfect.
 
2012-06-25 03:38:10 PM  

downstairs: RichieLaw: downstairs: Grand_Moff_Joseph: I hardly use it now...mainly because I just bookmark YouTube videos with songs I want to listen to.

Funny you should say that. I just realized yesterday that I hardly listen to actual mp3 files any more. At least when I'm at home. Its so much easier just to type in a song name on a you tube search. And you get the benefit of finding live, cover, or rare versions of said song you'd never heard before.

I'm all about online streaming. The iheart radio app and pandora are awesome.

To some, yeah. I'm real specific about what I listen to though... so the randomness doesn't appeal to me. But that's just me... my wife uses pandora, and I think its awesome for most people. Seed it with a Black Crowes song, and you'll get hours of songs, of which you'll probably enjoy 90% of.

I'm more of a "I want to listen to this specific REM song"... "now I want to hear this specific Electric Six song", repeat ad naseum depending on how much vodak I've had.


Yeah, I see that. Its one reason why I like iheart radio as you can look up a song and it will play that one, and then songs that are like it.
 
2012-06-25 03:48:06 PM  
I loved winamp. I used it until I moved to linux and OSX. I found audacious for linux. Is there a version for OSX? I use VLC for my non-itunes music.
 
2012-06-25 03:48:12 PM  

TommyymmoT: Chariset: I still use it. It's not bloatware and it can handle FLAC files.

THIS.Kittypie070: WinAmp did funny things with my audio volume settings.
Never managed to find a solution.

Still have it anyway.

Start>control panel>sounds and audio devices>audio>sound playback>volume


Winamp also has independnt mute and audio controls that can be inadvertantly triggered, making sounds sound off in winamp and nowhere else.
 
2012-06-25 03:50:49 PM  
I use winamp to run my RiffTrax audio files, so that I can use WMP to play the movie file. Either WMP doesn't allow multiple streams or I can't figure out how to do it, so I can't use it for both a RiffTrax file and the movie/DVD. Winamp's cool -- it does what it's supposed to and stays out of the way.
 
2012-06-25 03:53:21 PM  
I don't use WinAmp too often, but when I want to play a list of MP3's on my computer, it's what I turn to.

I think the install file is about 100x the size it once was, but is it still tiny compared to almost any other POS bloatware player you'll find.
 
2012-06-25 04:02:40 PM  
I used winamp religiously until about a year ago when I moved to google music.
 
2012-06-25 04:05:42 PM  
If you used pre-AOL WinAmp, you're an old, old person.

I do miss the old WinAmp, though. However, it suffered badly from feature creep and then stagnation after AOL's acquisition. I switched from WinAmp to foobar2000, and now, I just use my phone for music.
 
2012-06-25 04:08:53 PM  
I still use WinAMP. It is by far the easiest playlist application I have found to get to work with other games to have a personalized soundtrack playing. Some games even have it incorporated. iTunes is more popular though, but is a royal pain in the arse to work with. It also agrees really well with Ubuntu. All in all, I like it because it has very little fluff, works flawlessly, and is easy to configure to just about any need.
 
2012-06-25 04:09:51 PM  
Winamp beats the hell out of google music on android.
 
2012-06-25 04:10:19 PM  
Wow they could have made that a MUCH shorter article:


How Winamp Disappeared Into Obscurity

AOL acquired the company in June 1999.


/Ta-da!
 
2012-06-25 04:10:37 PM  
They blame AOL? Could be true.

I think the iPod is what did them in though. The black silhouettes dancing with the white headphones is one of the greatests marketing campaigns in history, and it made a piece of shiate hardware into the mainstream. And you needed iTunes to use it.

I really believe that Apple could still be nothing today without those white headphones. There were a million MP3 players out there, but they made it fashionable to own theirs.
 
2012-06-25 04:11:18 PM  
WinAMP is the only thing I miss going from PC to mac. iTunes... doesn't do it for me
 
2012-06-25 04:11:19 PM  
Ummm...I still use it...
 
2012-06-25 04:13:39 PM  
Q: What happened to Winamp?
A: AOL.
(No, I don't need to read the article.)

dl.dropbox.com

/Used winamp alot.
/There was another one that I can't recall, but it had better skins.
/Eventually got stuck using iTunes with no skins, mods, or features.
/Where did the fun go?
 
2012-06-25 04:14:26 PM  

RexTalionis: If you used pre-AOL WinAmp, you're an old, old person.

I do miss the old WinAmp, though. However, it suffered badly from feature creep and then stagnation after AOL's acquisition. I switched from WinAmp to foobar2000, and now, I just use my phone for music.


Yeah. I'm pretty old. I'm 32. Half my beard is grey. Still have all my hair though. I'm not really sure when or why I stopped using winamp. I think it's when I first got an iPod. Then I just used iTunes even though I hated it, because I was lazy. Later I started using Zune. I loved being able to download almost anything but crap that was bloated. Now, I just listen to my phone, but it's a pain trying to make playlists on it. The more I think about it, the more I realize I should be switching back to winamp.
 
2012-06-25 04:15:44 PM  
Um ...huh? I still use the shiat out of winamp....

iTunes is for suckers...
 
2012-06-25 04:16:11 PM  
I use it now and then when I want to listen to MP3s on my laptop or desktop. Mostly audiobooks or podcasts though. Most of my music listening these days is with Pandora One. It used to be my go-to media player though. Now I use the CCCP codec pack and Media Player Classic.
 
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