Winamp Makes A Comeback And Undergoes A Complete Transformation

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Winamp, which has undergone multiple changes in ownership over the past 25 years, is undergoing a major transformation by launching a new version of its renowned music software. In its prime, Winamp was a popular music player during the peak of MP3-sharing platforms like Napster and Kazaa. However, Winamp is now evolving into an online aggregator of audio content and a platform that enables creators to engage with their fans

Objectives: conquer a young audience and retain the existing community

Despite its dwindling usage, the previous iteration of Winamp still maintained a substantial user base of 83 million monthly active users globally. The new version of Winamp is designed to appeal to a wider audience, including those who may not have been familiar with the software’s origins. The Llama Group, which is headquartered in Brussels and currently owns Winamp, intends to retain its existing community of users while also rejuvenating the software to attract a new generation of users.

Winamp: an all-in-one audio application (eventually)

Currently, the new version of Winamp is only available online and has limited functionality. Users are limited to listening to online radio, podcasts, and music from select artists who collaborate with the service to promote their music. Unfortunately, it is not currently possible for users to listen to their own locally stored music.

Winamp New Player Web App

The new Winamp plans to release mobile apps for both iOS and Android that will include local audio file playback in Q3. Additionally, desktop apps for Windows and Mac will be released in Q4.

Winamp’s ultimate goal is to become a central hub for all types of audio content. The platform aims to integrate with music streaming services like Spotify in Q4, enabling users to access their playlists without leaving Winamp. The platform is also considering adding support for audiobooks.

Winamp is also hoping to attract more music creators to its platform through a feature called “Fanzone,” which is similar to Patreon. Through “Fanzone,” listeners can purchase perks such as early access to songs or exclusive NFTs, and creators can sell these products while using Winamp to manage copyrights, license their songs for commercial purposes, and distribute their music on services like Spotify.

Preserving the legacy while moving forward

The new version of Winamp aims to preserve the brand’s essence by retaining popular features such as local music playback and the equalizer. However, operating a nostalgia-laden brand comes with its own set of challenges. For instance, Winamp attempted to sell an NFT of the software’s original skin to raise funds for a music charity project, but fans were hesitant to embrace the concept, prompting the company to cancel the initiative.

Thierry Ascarez, the commercial director of Winamp, acknowledges that some nostalgic fans were not receptive to the adoption of NFT technology, but the company remains committed to exploring the opportunities presented by this emerging technology.

New Winamp

The Future of Winamp: a classic version preserved

It’s worth noting that while new features will be added to the classic version of Winamp, users will not be compelled to switch to the new version. This means that long-time Winamp fans and their personal music collections can continue to use the desktop version they know and love, without any pressure to upgrade to the new version.


With this new version, Winamp aims to reinvent itself and strike a balance between the nostalgic appeal of the classic version and the demands of a modern audience seeking digital solutions tailored to their needs. By providing an online audio source aggregator and developing closer ties with creators, Winamp hopes to attract a new generation while retaining its millions of loyal users. Whether the new version can achieve this goal remains to be seen, but it’s an exciting time for Winamp and its fans as they look to the future of audio technology.

Mohamed SAKHRI

my name is Mohamed SAKHRI, and I am the creator and editor-in-chief of Easy Tech Tutorials. As a passionate technology enthusiast, I have been blogging for some time now, providing practical and helpful guides for various operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and macOS, as well as Android tips and tricks. Additionally, I also write about WordPress. I am currently 35 years old.

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