How does this compare with vlc? Does it have any features that vlc lacks and is the upgrade to the pro version worth it?
Winamp is more than just a player. It’s your window to the multimedia world. From MP3s to streaming video, Winamp is the one place you go to feed your audio/video habit. Winamp features our new Modern Skin that’s easier to use and more powerful than ever. Easily access the Media Library, Playlist Editor, integrated Video or Visualizations or the EQ, Skin Options, and Color Themes from the Main Window. Includes over 50 color themes that suit nearly every mood or occasion! Winamp carries forward the unobtrusive “Window Shade” feature.
Winamp has always prided itself on being free and it has a steady, loyal following as a result. Version 5 is sure to please its current users, and likely also to win it some converts.It looks good with a completely new interface, and comes with fairly comprehensive file support. Audio support includes CDA, MIDI, MP1/2/3/4, AAC, OGG, WAV, AIF, WMA and more.
Support for video is added in version 5, and currently this stretches to MPG, M2V, AVI and ASF formats. It packs a good deal into a fairly slim package, with the player incorporating everything you would expect and more: loop, repeat, ID3 tag support, cross-fading between tracks, 2x CD burning/ripping, internet TV and radio support etc.
It has a media manager, 10-band graphic equaliser, visualisations, and a playlist editor. Upgrade to the Pro edition to get full support for ripping/encoding audio into the MP3 format, and integrated CD burning up to 48x speed. Winamp 5.2 adds iPod support and a slightly updated interface.
Here are some of the main features of the Winamp program:
- Winamp Playlist Editor:
- Drag and drop media directly into a Playlist from Windows Explorer or the Media Library
- Jump directly to an item within the list by double clicking it or selecting the item and press Enter
- Sort Playlists by title, file name, or path and file name
- Easily Open and Save Playlists from the Manage Playlist button
- Winamp Library:
- Organize and find your favorite songs and videos in ONE place
- Rip your favorite music CDs into AAC or MP3 (Ripping limited to 2x speeds for free users.
- Burn your favorite music compilations to CD (limited to 2x for free users)
- Media Library “Views” allow you to easily create rule based lists of your media
- Easily modify your music collections tags (Artist, Album, Song name, etc.)
- Internet Radio and TV
- Easily tune into user created Internet TV and Radio stations
- Over 4000 Internet Radio stations and 40 Internet TV channels to choose from
- Bookmark your favorite stations and channels for future access
- Winamp Now Playing:
- View album art, artist biographies, discographies
- Keep track of your favorite artists by browsing fan sites and news articles presented in the client
- Easily buy your favorite CDs, memorabilia, or just sell your own
- Winamp Video:
- Play many major video formats (NSV, WMV, MPG, etc.) with ease
- Easily resize video playback using the 1x, 2x, and Maximize window buttons
- Watch your favorite videos in Full Screen mode
- Quick access to dozens of Internet TV stations created by users
- Detach the video window from the main player
- Winamp Visualizations:
- Winamp 5 comes bundled with the latest version of the ground breaking AVS and Milkdrop visualizers
- Enjoy over 100 bundled visualization presets created by users
- Switch between presets manually or sit back and watch your presets on Random
- Easily jump to Full Screen mode
- Download new visualizations and presets from Winamp.com
- Winamp Equalizer:
- Shift the sound from both speakers to left or right using the Balance slider
- Enable Cross Fading to transition the audio smoothly from one song to another
- Select from the dozens of EQ presets to tune the sound
- Create your own EQ settings and save them for future use
Here is a list of the latest and newest features of Winamp:
- New! Portable Device Sync – Supports iPod, PlaysForSure
- New! Enhanced Media Library
- New! Online Services
- New! SingingFish Media Search
- Integrated SHOUTcast Radio & TV
- Supports Modern and Classic Skins
- AOL Radio Featuring XM
- SHOUTcast Wire Podcast Directory
- Predixis MusicMagic Dynamic Playlists
- New in Pro! Rip to HE-AAC at >128k bitrate!
- Burn CDs Faster – Up to 48x!
- Faster, Unlimited Ripping – Up to 48x!
- Rip/Encode Music into aacPlus, AAC, MP3, and WMA!
Winamp has an average rating 4.1 out of 5 based on 25 user ratings.
This will always be a classic media player. It had tons of features, a lot of community support and did what it was supposed to do. Anyone who was around the internet in 1996 knows of Winamp. Its not as relevant today but still a great player. Good alternative to Itunes for those who don't like how itunes manages music.