Winamp, the popular third-party media player that dominated the music streaming industry prior to 2000, is about to make a comeback. Winamp’s parent company Radionomy is pointing out the restart plans with a redesigned website, logo, and new beta login that will allow users to try out the latest version of the app in a new look. The Winamp Media Player for PCs was launched in 1997. It became one of the most popular platforms for playing MP3 tracks before the advent of streaming apps like Spotify.
The new Winamp website has got a new design and a fresh logo. The website has a tagline “Winamp for the Next Generation” and the app allows users to stream online radio and podcasts. Users can now visit the website to sign up for a Winamp beta test by entering their contact details. “Winamp is a legend. A game changer since 1997. A media player with tradition and a lively community of 80 million active users worldwide,” says the updated website.
The media player also invites artists and audio creators to the platform. Winamp promises the creators in control of the content and ensures they bond closely with fans for a fairer income.
It is not known which version of Winamp will be released for testing. Interested users can still download the current version 5.8 of Winamp. The company claims it currently has 80 million active users worldwide.
As a reminder: Winamp was originally owned by Nullsoft. The company was sold to AOL in 1999. In 2014, Radionomy acquired Winamp and related services from AOL. The company saw a notable decline in popularity at the time. Many attempts were made to revive the app multiple times, but it didn’t go well. The first update to Winamp in years was officially released by the company in 2018. The updated update added support for both Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.
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