Winamp will turn into a mobile music platform

Joanna Estrada
October 19, 2018

Winamp was no longer the first choice when it came to listening to music. The app failed to update to compete against iTunes and other streaming services. After being abandoned by AOL the service was sold to Radionomy in 2014. The update is said to refresh Winamp and to give the MP3 player a competitive edge against the likes of Spotify. It will still have all the fixes to allow the app to function properly in Windows 10. That said, the last time it got an official update was in 2013.

As TechCrunch is now reporting, the 5.8 update may pale in comparison to Radionomy's long-term plans for the audio player, as it works on turning Winamp into a mobile app. The revamped version of Winamp is slated to arrive on both iOS and Android. However, rather than focusing on their traditional desktop home, the team behind the in-the-works Winamp are charting a new course towards mobile.

"What I see today is that you go from one reader to another reader or aggregator if you want to listen to a radio, to a podcast player".

No new stable version has been developed since Radionomy's acquisition of Winamp in 2014. Unfortunately, most people think that Winamp is already dead. There can be many things which can be done on a smartphone app, but a lot of things cannot be done on the desktop version of Winamp.

What led to the downfall of Winamp?

To keep up with the streaming future, the new version of Winamp will see some upgrades to accommodate the changing landscape of digital music and audio.

The media player has around hundred million monthly users, most of whom reside outside of the US. The number is huge. It has a strong community. "This is not the case". Later Frankel founded the company Nullsoft, which led the development of the player. However, AOL's mismanagement of the property is another big reason for the fall of Winamp, Ars Technica suggested in June 2012. If Winamp could move into that space, it would immediately improve the ecosystem.

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