Winamp was launched in 1997 and took the PC world by storm. Hardly anyone who had a PC at home in the late 1990s and early 2000s lacked the media player that was completely synonymous with mp3 files and windows.
Then the development slowed down and Apple’s iTunes became popular even among Windows users who wanted to sync their music with Ipod. In 2013, version 5,666 was released, which seemed to be the very last, before the owners suddenly released a somewhat unfinished version 5.8 in 2018, which still seemed to belong on Windows XP.
Now Winamp.com suddenly woke up to life again. The media player is now owned by Brussels-based Audiovalley as one of several audio-related subsidiaries, and it seems that Winamp will re-emerge in a completely different form than before.
This is how the company writes: “Not only updated, but completely remastered. New Winamp connects you to your music wherever you are. It brings you closer to the artists you love. It is a home for your music podcasts and radio stations ”. It thus looks as if the new Winamp may not be a pure player at all, but instead more of a competitor to Spotify.
There is no timetable for when the new Winamp can be launched, and judging by them job postings Audiovalley has been out for various Winamp-related roles, it may take a while. They are looking for, among other things, a “talent scout” and a human resources manager, which indicates that they are planning more new hires for more technical roles.