Winamp isn’t dead yet, beat version leaks online

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Since the last time, we saw Winamp with the update was sometimes around was 2012. Since then we haven’t heard from the company yet. However, recently a website leaks a beta version of the software. The software version is 5.8, but since being a beta, you can expect random crashes.

Winamp is one of the oldest media players which support a large number of codecs, including AAC, FLAC, and MIDI as well. The Software was sold to AOL for $80 million, however later was sold to Radionomy for an unknown amount.

The update file is uploaded to some file serving sites by an anonymous user. The update, however, has a build date of October 26, 2016, that is around 2 years old. This new update brings better implementation with Windows 10. And, is completely free. Yes, you will have all the features for free no Pro version now.

Winamp 5.8 changelogs

The update brings the following changes:

  1. New: Windows Audio (WASAPI) Output plug-in (w.i.p.)
  2. Improved:
    1. an option to completely disable Winamp’s video support
    2. an auto-fullscreen option to video prefs
    3. Added /ENUMPLAYLISTS to the command-line support
    4. Windows 8.1 and 10 compatibility
    5. [in_mod] OpenMPT-based Module Player (replaces old MikMod player)
    6.  [ml_playlists] Added browse path & edit title functions in Ctrl+E editor
    7. [Bento] Updated scrollbars and buttons and other tweaks (thanks Martin)
    8. [Bento & Modern skins] Added a Playlist Search feature (thanks Victor)
  3. Fixed:
    1. New URLs not being remembered after using Reset history in Open URL dialog
    2. Various memory leaks
    3.  [gen_tray] Not showing correct current icon pack in preferences
    4. [in_avi] Divide-by-zero crash with badly formed files (thanks ITDefensor)
    5. [in_mp3] Crashing with some ID3v2 tags
    6.  [ml_wire] Slow loading issue
    7. [ssdp] Crash on load if jnetlib was not correctly initialized
  4. Misc:
    1. Minimum required OS is now Win XP sp3 (Windows 7 or higher recommended)
    2. More general tweaks, improvements, fixes, and optimizations
    3. Moved shared DLLs to Winamp\Shared folder
    4. MP3 Encoder must now be downloaded manually (to Shared folder)

And much more!

There are a lot of changes in this update. However, we still don’t know if this update is legit or not. It is quite easy to manipulate the software by reverse engineering using several tools.

Unless Winamp is officially announced, we cannot consider it to be legit.

Source: Neowin

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