Winamp was born as a very basic media player and has slowly but consistently improving for many years. Its main purpose was to be completely customizable and through the years, many people have contributed to a library that now consists of 20,000 skins and 461 plug-ins.
When version 5 was released, Nullsoft redeemed themselves in the public's eyes after producing a much improved player to replace Winamp 3. They didn't need much encouragement as they justified skipping version number 4 by saying that it was such a huge improvement that it deserved to be called 5!
The player supports a wide range of file formats, and because the program is small and simple, it works quickly on almost all computers. Have a look through the available plug-ins and you will also find that you can hook up your iPod and manage its music library.
New! Now Playing: Discover Artist Songs, Videos, Radio and Photos
New!AOL Radio Powered by CBS Radio
New!Expanded Flash video support
New!Media Monitor: Playing music on the web just got even better
New! Language packs available in Chinese, Japanese and Korean
New! Updated Winamp toolbar - control Winamp from your browser
A Redesigned Unified Interface, including Album Art
Remote Music and Video Playback and Sharing
Dynamic Song Recommendations Playlist Feature
Multi-channel MP3 Surround Support
Mass Auto-Tagger Provides Latest Music Metadata
Integrated Web Search for Artist and Track Information
Album Art Support for Portable Devices
Updated Podcast Directory and Download Manager
Fully Integrated Web browser and customizable links
New Visualizer Plug-in - Milkdrop 2
Pro! Rips CDs to MP3
Pro! Rips CDs to aacPlus, AAC, WMA Unlimited!
Pro! Rip to HE-AAC Over 128k!
Pro! Burn CDs Up to 48x!
Portable Device Sync support
Expanded Podcast Directory
Smart views with new pre-sets for dynamic playlists
Plays an insane amount of audio and video types: see them all! Compatible with Winamp 2 Plug-ins
Full Support for Classic Skins
Full Support for Modern Skins
Access over 18,000 SHOUTcast Radio Stations
Enjoy thousands of free songs and videos
Playback the AOL Video catalogue of video content
Listen to AOL Radio stations
Download thousands of Skins and Plug-ins
50 Free MP3 Downloads compliments of eMusic
Listen to Free MP3 of 'Charlotte' by Booka Shade