Winamp is a media player for Windows-based PCs and Android devices, written by Nullsoft, now a subsidiary of AOL.

It is proprietary freeware/shareware, multi-format, extensible with plug-ins and skins, and is noted for its graphical sound visualization, playlist, and media library features.

Winamp was developed by American programmer Justin Frankel and Russian programmer Dmitry Boldyrev, and its popularity grew quickly, along with the developing trend of MP3 file-sharing.

Winamp 5.66 (The Last Version) 1

Winamp supports many types of streaming media: Internet radio, Internet telelvision, XM Satellite Radio, AOL video, Singingfish content, podcasts, and RSS media feeds. It also has extendable support for portable media players, and users can access their media libraries anywhere via internet connections.

According to Nullsoft website, over 15 years after its initial release, Winamp will shut down next month, 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.”

What’s new in this version:

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 [full release notes]

You can sign a Petition by Peter Z to “Keep Winamp alive or let it go open source”

Download: Winamp 5.66 Build 3507 Full | 11.9 MB (US English version, Freeware)
Download: Winamp 5.66 Build 3507 Full | 16.6 MB (Multi-national installer, Freeware)
Download: Winamp 5.66 Build 3507 Lite | 4.0 MB (basic 2.x-style mp3/cd player, Freeware)
Download: Winamp 5.65 Pro | 16.5 MB (Shareware)

 

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