Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 2000
Winamp is a media player program designed to work with Windows and Android devices. There is currently a beta release for Mac OS X users. It is freeware, meaning there is no cost to use the basic version. The original version of the software was released in 1997 and has since become a widely popular media playing program.
Winamp is capable of music playback in many different formats. Audio formats that Winamp supports are MIDI, MPEG-1, AAC, FLAC, WAV, MP3, WMA, MOD, and M4A. Winamp also supports volume leveling for audio tracks and gapless playback.
Video support for Winamp is extensive thanks to its integration with Windows Media Player which allows it to play anything that Windows Media Player can play. Winamp is compatible with full surround sound if the source file supports it.
The Winamp user interface is skinnable, meaning that users can alter the look of feel of the program. Additional features can also be added to the interface through the use of skins. There are several online communities that offer thousands of skins for free download.
Winamp features a plugin architecture which allows users to download and install additional features and effects. There are several plugin types that Winamp can use but the most common ones are codecs, audio visualizations, audio special effects, and media library plugins.
A unique feature of Winamp is Winamp Remote. It allows users to stream their music playlists over the Internet to other users or to portable devices.
Winamp also supports importing music and playback from CD players. CDs can also be created and burned through the software, though the basic version limits the speed.
A Pro version of the Winamp software is available for $19.95. Additional features that are included in the Pro version are the ability to play videos, MP3 encoding, and unrestricted audio CD burning.