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General information

  • Category: Audio players
  • Version: 5.8 Build 3660
  • Last update: Oct 19, 2018
  • OS: Windows, Mac
  • License: freeware

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. Winamp 5.8 is now 100% freeware again.

Winamp 5.8

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. Winamp offers also a rich database of skins that allow to change the look of the program interface to suit everyone needs.

Moreover, Winamp is packed with full featured 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 Winamp 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.

Winamp Skins

Winamp Skins

By default Winamp offers access to four skins including Winamp Classic, Winamp Modern, Bento and Big Bento. Each of them offer 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 top of Desktop. You can google to download more Winamp skins.

Winamp advanced features

Convert audio files in Winamp

Winamp Format Converter

Winamp can easily convert audio files to formats like WAC, WMA, OGG, and FLAC. You can access Winamp Format Converter from right click menu. Select the file with right mouse click, navigate to Send to and from the list select Format Converter. From the new windows select 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 Windowshade Mode

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 Q&A

Is Winamp coming back?

Yes, Winamp is coming back, and the new version is already available for download. The latest version of Winamp 5.8 was released on 18 October, 2018, and it's available 100% for free. Use our safe software hub to find Winamp download.

How to save playlist in Winamp?

To save playlist in Winamp navigate to File menu and click Save Playlist. The Save Playlist dialog box opens. You will have an option to save M3U Playlist or PLS Playlist. M3U is fine in most situations.

How to uninstall Winamp?

To uninstall Winamp navigate to Windows Control Panel, find Programs section and choose Uninstall a program. Find Winamp on the list and click Uninstall button. You can also use uninstall utilities like free Geek Uninstaller.

Winamp Shortcut Keys

If you like to access​​​​​​ ​popular functions available in Winamp from keyboard, go to our Winamp Shortcuts Guide where we cover almost all important options. Become a Winamp master.

How to disable Winamp video support?

To completely disable Winamp video support navigate to program Options -> Preferences (CTRL + P). In Winamp's Video tab you can disable video support.

Software review

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Winamp Review

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 Winamp 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 newest Windows system, a playlist search feature, and option to disable video support from Settings. Winamp was always a great audio player and it still is. You can use Winamp download link to get the installer for Windows and Mac. Winamp is compatyble with Windows XP SP3, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. Winamp Pro version is no longer available.

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