24 October 2018
Winamp is all set to make a comeback in a completely new avatar sometime next year. The confirmation has arrived in the form of a statement given by Radionomy CEO Alexandre Saboundijan in an interview with TechCrunch. He said that the iconic MP3 music player from late 90s and early 2000s will arrive as Winamp 6 with a focus on fulfilling requirements of modern times' music listeners.
He said that the all-new Winamp 6 will not only be able to play your locally stored music but will also let you listen to songs stored on clouds, podcasts, radio stations, and music streaming services. In other words, it will be trying to become an all-in-one music player with one-stop-destination for all your music needs.
In the interview, Saboundijan said,
“There will be a completely new version next year, with the legacy of Winamp but a more complete listening experience. 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. People want one single experience. I think Winamp is the perfect player to bring that to everybody. And we want people to have it on every device.”
During its prime time, Winamp used to be a must-have freeware for a majority of the users who run into millions in numbers. While it did the basic job of playing music and offer equalizer visualizations, it also allowed users to customize the music player using any of the numerously available skins. There were just so many skins to choose from that you could even put a new one every day. But with the release of Apple iTunes and rise of smartphones, Winamp started to lose its charm and only hardcore fans of the media player stick to it.
Winamp was acquired by AOL in 2002 and it was later sold to its current owner Radionomy in 2014. It also means that the upcoming Winamp 6 will be the biggest release for the music player under the new ownership. Saboundijan said that they will be bringing the new Winamp to both PCs and smartphones (Android and iOS).
While the idea of having a single music player to listen to all sorts of music from different sources is definitely an incredible one, it will be interesting to see how exactly Radionomy will achieve that. All the crucial details about this overhaul are currently unknown but we will keep you in the loop.