Winamp was a popular music player for Windows in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but it still has some loyal fans to this day. After four years of development and several leaked beta patches, a new test version for Winamp is available.
Winamp 5.9 RC1 Build 9999 was released on July 26 for Windows, with many minor improvements and bug fixes: Windows 11 is officially supported, you can play audio streams over HTTPS, and the VP8 codec is now recognized correctly. The new version no longer works on Windows XP or Vista. Most of the work on this release has been to modernize the code, so future updates don’t require other four years.
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The development team said, “To the end user, it might not seem like much has changed, but the biggest and hardest part was migrating the entire project from VS2008 to VS2019 and getting everything to compile correctly. The foundation has already been laid, and now we can focus more on features.”
The effort to maintain the classic version of Winamp is happening alongside the company’s other music-related ambitions, including an updated cross-platform version, a ‘Winamp Foundation’ that funds musicians, and NFT sales. The Winamp team said in March that Winamp 6 will be a “cross-platform app for Android, iOS, web, etc.” and Winamp 5 for Windows is “not dead”.
There are some lingering bugs in Release Candidate, especially when used with older plugins, but fixes are on the way.
Source: Winamp Forums
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