Winamp is going open source

Winamp was one of the most popular music players for Windows PCs in the late 1990s and early 2000s. But things went downhill after AOL acquired the company and wound up largely abandoning it for years.

Then a company called Radionomy bought Winamp (and the associated Shoutcast streaming service) in 2014, eventually changing its name to Llama Group and they have started development again, releasing a new version in 2022.

Some moves since then have been weird (like adding support for NFTs), but now the company has announced plans to open source Winamp, which could spur further development.

The current owners of Winamp have announced they will release the source code for its Windows music player on September 24, 2024, “enabling the entire community to participate in its development.”

See more on Liliputing and the press announcement.

And see making your own Winamp MP3 player device in the guide here.

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  1. I love that Winamp is getting some love again. I am glad it is going open source.

    I had forgotten about the PyPortal with Winamp. I just added Webamp to my Home Assistant dashboard. It’s a stop gape until I figure out skin Music Assistant to look like Winamp.

  2. I remember WinAmp… I used it like 20 years ago if I am not mistaken. How is that even relevant now? It’s like announcing a big exciting event in the CD Player "space". There are maybe 10 nerds in the country who retired in their 60s and don’t know what to do w/their time so they collect vintage mp3s and 8track tapes.

  3. Gregory Casamento

    I wonder if they are going to open source the Mac version of Winamp. I was on the nullsoft team.

  4. Winamp doesn’t need development.
    It’s perfect as it is

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