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Winamp, legendary music player of the 2000s, receives a streaming era



  Winamp gets an upgrade for the streaming age.
Winamp gets an upgrade for the streaming age.

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Winamp, the legendary music player who was an integral part of the computer at the beginning of the 2000s, gets an update for the streaming era.

TechCrunch turns it into an audio app that brings music, podcasts, and streaming together in one place.

The last time Winamp was updated was in 2013, when it belonged to AOL. The Belgian online radio company Radionomy acquired the music player a year later, where it had received little attention so far – with the exception of a community project that made sure that it was up to date.

"You can listen to the MP3s Home, but also to the cloud, to podcasts, to radio stations, to a playlist you may have built," said Alexandre Saboundjian, CEO of Radionomy.

"People want a single experience … I think Winamp is the perfect player to bring that to everyone and we want people to have it on every device."

Aside from the promise to bring all these sources together under one app, there is not much detail on how – or what services will be available in the updated Winamp.

The remodeling aims to repair mobile audio, where users still have to jump back and forth in apps to use different services.

"What I see today is that you need to jump from one player to another player or aggregator. If you want to listen to a podcast, I'm listening to a radio station or a podcast player – that's not the last experience for me "Saboundjian says.

An app that already does that with competitive streaming Services is the Sonos controller app, but this is the only way you can play audio on the brand's wireless speakers instead of natively on your device.

According to the outlet, there is still talk when it comes to what services are available on the app, but one thing is for sure: Winamp is still whipping the ass of the lama.

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