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Winamp 5.66 Last Winamp version
Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date. See release notes for latest improvements to this last release.
Thanks for supporting the Winamp community for over 15 years.
Improved: Added a Reset button to clear history in the Open/Add URL dialog
Improved: Added an option to disable the mouse wheel from altering the volume
Improved: Added more commandline switches (run: winamp.exe /? to see full list)
Improved: All menus now use the skinned style when option is enabled in ML settings
Improved: Disable all online features when no internet connection selected in Prefs
Improved: High DPI & text scaling compatibility fixes for dialogs & library views
Improved: Increased notification area tooltips up to 128 chars (instead of 64)
Improved: Library views now optionally group the 'Play' and 'Enqueue' buttons
Improved: Mass metadata editor from library now also available in Playlist Editor
Improved: Retry UAC prompt if user previously selected "No" (for relevant settings)
Improved: Speed-up of Winamp shutdown process
Improved: [gen_ff] Added a setting to control show/hide time for docked toolbars
Improved: [gen_ml] Drag & drop handling tweaks
Improved: [ml_downloads] Added 'Size' column
Improved: [ml_history] New options for resuming playback (for podcasts or all files)
Improved: [ml_history] Added a 'Play Offset' column with right-click option to clear
Improved: [ml_local] Added Podcast, BPM & Rating fields to Ctrl+E metadata editor
Improved: [ml_playlists] Option to use source file instead of database-managed copy
Improved: [ml_nowplaying/wire] Added support to use alternative services
Improved: [ml_pmp] Added a simple view to match Local library support
Improved: [pmp_android/usb] Added <disc> support to File Name Formatting
Fixed: Agent not using Winamp window if a clone is already running (eg. KMPlayer)
Fixed: Length not being read when set to read titles on load
Fixed: Ratings-related freeze on right-clicking large selections in playlist editor
Fixed: Saving to wrong extension for the 'Save As' action in the Alt+3 Artwork tab
Fixed: Unicode characters not displaying in taskbar when some old plugins are present
Fixed: Various issues with aero-peek and docking of freeform skins as an appbar
Fixed: [gen_jumpex] 'Jump to File' window not always visible when pressing 'J' or 'F3'
Fixed: [gen_ff] Docking to bottom/right when windowframe scale is anything but 1.0
Fixed: [gen_tray] Lockup/double-start issues when using the 'Prev' action
Fixed: [in_flac] Removal of embedded artwork
Fixed: [in_midi] Memory comparison crash with badly formed .kar files
Fixed: [libmp4v2] Crash due to invalid pointer check on corrupt files
Fixed: [pmp_android/usb] Crash on bad path
Fixed: [pmp_android/usb] Use filename if no metadata available to generate filepath
Misc: [installer] Added a "Winamp (Safe Mode)" option to start menu icons
Misc: More general tweaks, improvements, fixes and optimizations (lots of them!)
Updated: [enc_fhgaac] Fraunhofer AAC Encoder v3.02.16
Updated: [enc/in_vorbis] libogg 1.3.1
Updated: [gen_jumpex] JTFE v1.3
Updated: [in_wave] libsndfile 1.0.25
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Winamp, once one of the most popular media players on the market, will be officially discontinued on December 20, 2013, due to yet to be disclosed reasons.
AOL announced the decision in a brief statement on the official Winamp.com website, saying that the webpage and the downloadable media player will be removed on December 20.
“Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date. See release notes for latest improvements to this last release. Thanks for supporting the Winamp community for over 15 years,” the notification reads.
While nobody can tell for sure what the reason behind this surprising decision actually is, it appears that it’s all because the bad management that took over app development after the AOL acquisition.
Winamp, which was developed by Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev for Nullsoft, was purchased by AOL in June 1999 for no less than $80 million (€59.4 million) in stock.
In June 2000, Winamp reached a record 25 million registered users, but started a dramatic decline soon after that.
Even though development of new versions continued, and both Winamp 3 and Windows 5 reached the market in the next years, some users decided to stick to the original WInamp 2.95 version thanks to the impressive audio quality and its reduced footprint on system resources.
In the last few years, Winamp launched several new versions, including a Mac port and an Android version that’s experiencing quite a terrific success among smartphone owners. Unfortunately, the desktop business continued its drop as more users turned to other media players such as foobar2000 and Clementine.
Making Winamp open-source and allowing the dev community to continue improving it would indeed be a great idea, but we really doubt that AOL would come down to such a decision.
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|27 Nov 2013||#4|
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Oh well - been using this since day one. The only free player I know of (other than wmp, yuk) that plays audio, video and radio with some nice plugins to boot. And I will continue to use it as long as the OS allows. I will try 5.66 and 5.7. My current version is very stable, so I will keep that around as a back-up.
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