Saturday, February 11, 2017

Winamp Alternatives

In the early years, Winamp has been the go to software to enjoy listening to your music. It was customizable, easy to use and had plenty of themes. Since then a lot has changed.

The last release of Winamp was in 2013, and there was another release in 2014 but it was only a patch fix, not a feature release, which makes it an outdated software. All that happened because the Winamp software was sold to another company, they announced there would be a new release sometime in 2015, however, we haven’t seen anything yet.

Don’t fret though, we are here to show you the Winamp alternatives that you need and seek, even if you love that interface so much. (I was a Winamp 2 fan as well).

AIMP:
 
If you love Winamp, then this is probably the choice for you. It is a great music player with support for all popular music files, and it has that awesome Winamp user interface and experience that we all loved so much.

Basically imagine it as Winamp if it were still in development, the notifications, the features and the interface is just beautiful. It’s one of those music players where you have to try it and see for yourself. AIMP is supported for Windows and Android.

If your needs are mostly about listening to music and having a few playlists here and there with a simple interface, then this would be the software we recommend.

Foobar2000:
 
This one is a feature rich yet light music player, it will virtually handle anything you through at it.

Main features: [ Copied from Foobar website ]

  • Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND… and more with additional components.
  • Gapless playback.
  • Easily customizable user interface layout.
  • Advanced tagging capabilities.
  • Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.
  • Full ReplayGain support.
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts.
  • Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.
I would recommend this to anyone that wants a minimalist interface with a feature rich core, and if you have a media library, this one will handle it with ease.

It is supported for Windows only.

Clementine Music Player:
 
Another beast music player with so many features, consider this to be Foobar, with yet even more features. It is supported for Windows, Mac and Linux, so you can easily have the same music experience on all your computers.

Some of their main features:
I would recommend this to anyone that actually utilizes all those features. If you are a regular user of Spotify for example, and you have a large media library, then this is definitely the option that we would recommend.

Conclusion:
 
Winamp was a great ally to us for our music needs, and we’ll always cherish the memories we had with it, however, it seems to have died, though we really hope it keeps on going. While the version floating around still works fine, I’ve never been a big fan of running outdated or old software on my machine.

If you’re just a music listener that want the simplest of interfaces, then go with AIMP, otherwise you have a choice between Foobar and Clementine.
Keep on rockin’.

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