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Winamp is rising from the dead, version 6 coming in 2019

Winamp 2 default interface, Winamp 6 coming in 2019
Winamp 2
If everything works as planned, Winamp 5.8 will arrive tomorrow with a bunch of fixes in tow and — the best part of it all — without the paid options previously reserved to the users of the Pro version. However, this iconic piece of code should get a major update and mobile versions for iOS and Android devices in 2019.

Do you remember Winamp? If you are not a kid, you probably do. However, although I have been using this Windows program for years as my one and only audio player, there comes a time to move on when you have to move on when it comes to outdated software. Winamp might have received its final update in 2013, but I started using foobar2000 and AIMP long before that happened. Now, I just bumped into this piece of news that says Winamp is back from the dead and I am sure that many people would like to find out more, especially since there are two mobile versions of this app in the pipeline.

Alexandre Saboundjian, CEO of Radionomy — the company that owns Winamp since 2014 — recently said that "There will be a completely new version next year, with the legacy of Winamp but a more complete listening experience." Obviously, his promises do not include anything that most modern audio players are not offering already: "You can listen to the MP3s you may have at home, but also to the cloud, to podcasts, to streaming radio stations, to a playlist you perhaps have built."

In the meantime, we should get ready for the official Winamp 5.8 update, which should arrive tomorrow. A leaked version revealed that this refreshed version will drop the paid features of the Pro version and will obviously include a bunch of bug fixes and tweaks. 

When it comes to Winamp 6, there is no much to say, so we can only hope that a Windows version will come as well. Saboundjian said that "the war is over" for Winamp on the desktop and that Radionomy plans to focus on iOS and Android instead.

Are you still using Winamp in 2018? Why not AIMP or foobar2000? Tell us everything about your history with Winamp in the comments, or at least spare a few minutes to check the videos below and realize how far digital music has gone in around two decades.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-10-17 (Update: 2018-10-17)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.