Winamp was created by Nullsoft in 1997 as a community supported media play and was a pioneer as well as a disruptor in the digital media space. Lead by Justin Frankel and his merry band of developers, Winamp soon became one of the most revolutionary applications of its kind. Nullsoft, acquired by AOL in 1999, also created SHOUTcast, Gnutella (open source) and NSIS (open source installer used by Winamp, Dropbox, Firefox and others). Winamp was an early leader in community developed applications and helped to spawn the open source software movement for music. You can drop by our team & alumni pages to learn more about the people responsible for creating the player, turning out new revs, maintaining the website, and fostering relations with the developer community.
Today, Winamp is one of the world’s most popular media players allowing users to manage and play audio and video files. Winamp supports playback of 60 audio and video formats, and is available in two versions: Winamp Standard and Winamp Pro. Although free, don’t let the name fool you because Winamp Standard provides loads of features well beyond what you’d get from any plain vanilla media player. To name a few, it features robust tools for creating playlists, customizing your playback experience (aka “skinning”), managing podcasts, syncing portable devices, listening to internet radio stations, and accessing remote media (Winamp Remote).
The Pro version provides you with several additional features like mp3 ripping, high speed audio CD burning/ripping, extra-small file size encoding with AACPlus, and native support for H.264 encoded video. If you haven’t tried Winamp lately, downloading the Winamp Media Player should be your first stop. From there you should visit Winamp.com which is home for all things Winamp, and will help you get the most out of your Winamp experience.
Winamp for Android launched in October 2010. Both Winamp 5.6 & Winamp for Android creates a complete end-to-end music management solution for your desktop and Android device.
Now with Winamp, you can wirelessly sync your music library over Wi-Fi, import your iTunes library to Android and stream over 40,000 internet radio stations with the integrated SHOUTcast Radio directory (Android 2.2 & above).