Compared to many of its bloated rivals, Winamp is a streamlined, speedy music
player that's fantastically simple to use. Besides high-quality sound, it sports a smart playlist editor, 10-band graphic equaliser and a mini-browser for tuning into web radio and TV (be warned: certain channels are for adults only). Its four resizeable sections give you control over how the player looks, while you can customise it further using the thousands of available skins, colour schemes and tripped out visualisation plug-ins.
The downside to its compact design is that it lacks many features that now come as standard in free audio software, such as the option of burning and ripping MP3s to and from CD. For these you'll need to purchase the commercial version.