Discuss: Winamp Shutting Down

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November 22, 2013 at 05:23:11
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that AOL will be shutting down its Winamp music player and associated website in December. Discuss here if you remember using Winamp years ago, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
November 22, 2013 at 06:16:15
You know what? I still do. It's better than iTunes.

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#2
November 22, 2013 at 07:47:54
Discuss here if you remember using Winamp years ago

I'm still using winamp on my PC's at home and have been using it exclusively since the 90's.

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#3
November 22, 2013 at 08:10:21
If they're going to drop it, I wish AOL would open source it. They won't, because that goes against their corporate culture, but the original Winamp team said their product went against their corporate culture

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#4
November 22, 2013 at 10:33:59
Bummer, this is the first I have heard of Winamp shutting down. I still use it, and prefer it to WMP.

I have playlists based on Genre plus some custom music mixes. This is a shame.


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#5
November 22, 2013 at 20:06:41
Yeah, I still use winamp 2.64 which is something like 14 years old.

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#6
November 26, 2013 at 17:01:18
Well, I have it on my Win98 machine but it would never stream any MP3's smoothly. Probably the fault of the PIII only at like 500Mhz clock.

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#7
November 26, 2013 at 19:25:33
How much ram are you using with 98? My winamp ran kind of sloppy until I went from 128 to 256 meg.

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#8
November 27, 2013 at 10:55:15
Still use it (v. 2.95 on Win7) occasionally, though XMPlay wound up being my player of choice (due to it's small size and that it's a PortableApp). Remember the day when everyone used RealPlayer to play MP3's until they found out how it was basically spyware. They flocked to Winamp (except for myself, who was already there). As far as Winamp being made open-source, there's already a movement out there:

http://arstechnica.com/information-...

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#9
November 27, 2013 at 14:27:33
Remember the day when everyone used RealPlayer to play MP3's until they found out how it was basically spyware.

I never used RealPlayer. In fact, I've never used anything but Winamp and probably never will. Even after buying an iPod and installing iTunes, I still use Winamp to actually play the music I listen to on my PC.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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#10
December 3, 2013 at 16:13:52
Only stopped using it a year or so back as preferred it to WMP and as for Realplayer
it was nothing but a taskbar nuisance many many years back if i remember correctly.

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#11
December 5, 2013 at 17:57:06
@Dave, 192Mb at 133 clock. found another 32Meg stick in a dead system at the dump but it was only 100Mhz clock.... Wasn't willing to lose the clock speed on a measly extra 32megs. It's pretty slow, and the 640x480 CRT makes me feel cramped for some reason...

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#12
December 5, 2013 at 20:53:36
I'm not sure what level of ram would fix the jerky playback, only that it disappeared when I doubled it from 128 to 256. I also ran 98 with no AV. That might be a factor too.

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#13
January 10, 2014 at 04:05:55
Obviously Winamp is great software, but I think that there are other software programs that are better in use. I personally use GOM Player, it is not solely an audio one, I've once installed it by accident when I failed to open MKV file, then I was using it on regular basis since I am a huge fan of HD videos. I also use it for playback of audio files, works perfectly for me.

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#14
January 17, 2014 at 14:11:55
I forgot about Winamp ... it sort of got replaced by VLC, no ?

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