Winamp is coming back as a “unique space for creators” and possibly a music-making platform

The platform aims to help artists connect with fans and earn a “fairer income”.


Image: Dominic Kevin Liebschwager via Wikimedia Commons

Winamp, one of the most popular music players of the early 2000s, is returning with a totally new experience – it promises to become a “unique space for creators” to connect with fans and earn money.

The official Winamp website signals the app’s comeback with a completely overhauled design and logo. The platform’s new direction aims to forge closer connections between fans and artists.

The new Winamp logo, Image: Winamp

“Something big is happening,” a statement read. “We’re building Winamp for the next generation. Not just updated, but totally remastered. The new Winamp app connects you to your music wherever you are. It brings you closer to the artists you love. It’s home to your favourite music podcasts and radio stations.”

For curious fans, the media player is now inviting beta testers to sign up through their website. Artists and audio creators are welcome as well, with Winamp promising “fairer income” from using the platform.

Once famous for being a go-to offline media player before the age of streaming, it now appears the platform has goals to position itself as a rival to services such as SoundCloud and Bandcamp (or even Spotify and Apple Music).

A closer peek at the website’s assets also appears to show some music-making tools will be present in the “re-imagined” space for music-makers and fans.

Photo assets hinting at a DAW-like platform on Winamp / Images: Winamp

However, the new Winamp still lacks specifics. Meanwhile, the latest iteration of the app, version 5.8 from 2018, is still available to download now through their website.

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