Remember Winamp? The popular media player for Windows is expected to make a comeback at some point. Winamp was launched by independent developers back in 1997 and it grew quickly popular with over 3 million downloads in a short span of time.
In a couple of years, Winamp became one of the most downloaded Windows applications. The app was sold to AOL in 1999 for $80 million but it later acquired by Radionomy in 2014. Radionomy, the current developers of famous Winamp promised that the app will receive a new update with several new features.
A while ago, the developers published release notes of an update but no downloadable package was available for users to try out. Winamp developers promised major updates ever since it took over the company and we are still waiting for that day.
It’s an old and outdated app but it’s still being used by millions of users. A new version of Winamp, which was last developed on October 26, 2016, has leaked online. Winamp 5.8 has been published by an unknown source and it’s not from the official developers.
It’s also worth noting that VirusTotal scan generates two different warnings for the app, so we are not including the link to unreleased Winamp update in this article.
Winamp works fine on Windows 10
The Winamp 5.8 comes with several new features and improvements including support for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
It is, however, worth noting that public and stable version of the app works smoothly on Windows 10, but Winamp 5.8 is supposed to address compatibility issues with Windows 10.
As noted above, this release of Winamp comes with several other improvements. For example, there’s a dedicated setting that lets you disable Winamp’s video support and the company has also fixed some bugs to improve the overall performance of the player.
The current owner hasn’t officially announced any updates for the app but as the beta has just leaked out, there’s a chance that an official statement will be released soon. It’s also possible that the developers are internally testing a new and improved version of the app with better support for Windows 10.
At this point, it’s not yet known whether a new Winamp release is planned or not. We are waiting for additional details from the developers and we will update this article if and when a statement is available.