We have just kickstarted a new type of article on the website, where we download the latest version of popular desktop apps and talk about them. Now it’s time to talk about Winamp, a software that needs no introduction.
To make it all clear from the beginning – there isn’t currently an official Winamp app on the Windows Store, and I’m not sure if it will ever be, because unlike VLC, it comes with very specific looks which would be hard to reproduce on the Modern touch user interface.
But since most of us who use Windows 8, 10 don’t stick to the touch face only, we have to deal with many desktop apps, as well. I’ve been using Winamp for as long as I remember, so I will now be keeping a log with all the updates that it will receive for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, 10.
By using Winamp on Windows 8, 10 you can open such files as MP3, MIDI, MOD, MPEG-1 audio layers 1 and 2, AAC, M4A, FLAC, WAV and WMA. There are many skins that you can use to customize its looks, but many, just like me (have a look at the above screenshot), will choose to stick with the good old classic menu. But, without further ado, for those who aren’t yet running the latest version of Winamp for Windows 8, 10 or they just don’t know what it is about, let’s have a look.
Download latest version of Winamp for Windows 10
What you need to know is that currently, Winamp & SHOUTcast have sold their product to Radionomy, so changes will be applied in the future.
But from what we’re aware, here is the latest version and some important features in the changelog for you to download.
It needs to be pointed out that AOL has decided to close the Winamp media player on December 20, 2013, which was just a week after the update that we talked about below. Therefore, you need to know that this is the reason why the latest version is this old. We will be following news and will update once another version gets released.
UPDATE 2 added in August 2018
If you are waiting for some big news about Winamp, you should know that there will be a new version available for Windows 10, 8.1 users, with a lot of bug fixes, improvements and a lot more. But, at the time being, there is no release date published. Until then, you can get notified when it will come out at winamp.com, just subscribe with your email address.
The site is up and running and it looks great, with a new design and you can listen there your local radio stations and some popular ones too in the Shoutcast section. Sadly, the download section will redirect you to a forum where you can keep up with the news about an eventually release date. The Winamp downloads and Winamp Pro purchases will be temporarily unavailable
whilst code licensed to/by the previous owner is removed/replaced.
The devs are working to make the app 100% freeware again, which means replacing all 3rd-party/aol-licensed code with open source/free alternatives.
New Winamp features announced:
- mp3 & aac decoders (more details to come later)
- removing ms drm support from in_wm (wow, heh)
- cd ripping
- albumart retrieval
- OpenH264 decoder
You can still download an older version of the famous app for Windows 10, 8.1 and here’s a link to help you out with.
You can read the original report below
Download Winamp for Windows 8, 10 [Version 5.666, Size: 16.37MB, updated December 13, 2013]
Reset button to clear history in the Open/Add URL dialog
Option to disable the mouse wheel from altering the volume
More commandline switches (run: winamp.exe /? to see full list)
All menus now use the skinned style when option is enabled in ML settings
Disable all online features when no internet connection selected in Prefs
High DPI & text scaling compatibility fixes for dialogs & library views
Increased notification area tooltips up to 128 chars (instead of 64)
Library views now optionally group the ‘Play’ and ‘Enqueue’ buttons
Mass metadata editor from library now also available in Playlist Editor
Retry UAC prompt if user previously selected “No” (for relevant settings)
Agent not using Winamp window if a clone is already running (eg. KMPlayer)
Fallback issue with lang packs when loading accelerator tables
Length not being read when set to read titles on load
Ratings-related freeze on right-clicking large selections in playlist editor
Saving to wrong extension for the ‘Save As’ action in the Alt+3 Artwork tab
Unicode characters not displaying in taskbar when some old plugins are present
Various issues with aero-peek and docking of freeform skins as an appbar
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 2014, and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in March 2014 and was revamped and updated in June 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.