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What is Winamp?
Winamp is the world's most popular audio player with support for web streams and all major audio file formats including MP3, MIDI, MOD, MPEG, AAC, M4A, FLAC, WAV or WMA. The latest version of Winamp 5.8 was released on 18 October, 2018.
Winamp download is available for Windows and Mac users. Minimum system required to run Winamp 5.8 is now Windows XP SP3, but Windows 7 or higher is recommended.
The newest update of Winamp 5.8 adds improved Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 compatibility, an option to completely disable Winamp's video support, updated audio libraries, and all former "Pro" licensed functions are removed. The new version 5.8 is now 100% freeware again.
The media player offers a lot of useful features not only related to playback of multimedia files. The most interesting options available in Winamp include the ability to record Audio CDs, Rip CD to popular formats including WMA, MP3, AAC, aacPlus, find information about artists, display lyrics, generate playlists based on music, covert audio files or set preferred equalizer settings.
The music player offers also a rich database of skins that allow changing the look of the program interface to suit everyone needs.
Moreover, the program is packed full-featured turned tag editor, an advanced media library manager where you can retrieve information about the audio files including covers, titles, etc. Winamp 5.8 can also use the remote module to stream songs to devices like Wii, PS3 or Xbox.
The functionality of the audio player can be increased installing plug-ins. They can be used for example to generate new visual effects, manage the multimedia database, add support for new audio formats and more.
By default, the audio player offers access to four skins including Winamp Classic, Winamp Modern, Bento, and Big Bento. Each of them offers a different look, and from Winamp Options menu you can also change the theme color.
Bento skin allows you also to activate Windowshade Mode and stick Winamp bar to the top of Desktop. You can google to download more supported skins.
Winamp advanced features
Convert audio files in Winamp
Winamp can easily convert audio files to formats like WAC, WMA, OGG, and FLAC. You can access the Format Converter from right click menu.
Step 1. Select the file with the right mouse click, navigate to Send to and from the list select Format Converter.
Step 2. From the new windows select the output file location, naming scheme, and encoding format.
Edit ID3v2 metadata in Winamp
Winamp is packed with powerful metadata editor. Click Alt + 3 to activate info window about the file. From here you can edit ID3v1 and ID3v2 metadata including title, artist, truck, album, year, genre, composer, publisher, copyrights, truck gain, encoded, comments, and more.
Activate Windowshade Mode in Winamp
Winamp can be used is bar mode, where you can access all most used features to control music including change volume, play, stop, next song, previous song, song title, etc. You can activate Windowshade mode in Bento skin clicking the selected button.
Winamp is the legendary audio player for Windows, and still one of the most popular media player out there. The software was discontinued but on October 2018 a Winamp 5.8 version was leaked. It's now available officially, and you can download the audio player for free. The newest version of Winamp 5.8 is 100% freeware and safe to use. What is the difference between Winamp 5.8 and Winamp 5.666 Build 3516? The new version offers full support for the newest Windows system, a playlist search feature, and an option to disable video support from Settings. The program was always a great audio player and it still is. You can click download link to get the installer for Windows and Mac. The music player is compatible with Windows XP SP3, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. Winamp Pro version is no longer available.
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