Winamp is back - discussing whether he has a chance in the era of streaming services
Radionomy plans to release a new version of Winamp after a five-year hiatus. The player should become an aggregator of streaming services, podcasts and audiobooks.
We discuss what prospects are waiting for him.
3r3185. Photo Jarle Refsnes / CC [/i] 3r3113.
3r3r1616. The return of Winamp
The last update (if you do not take into account 3r3335. Version ???r3-3209.) Was released in 2013. But recently, Radionomy - in 2014 bought Winamp from AOL - announced Winamp 6.
It should be a universal platform for listening to music. In addition to tracks on the computer, users can listen to Internet radio, streaming services, podcasts or audiobooks. In this case, Winamp 6 will be available on both Android and iOS devices.
Radionomy CEO Alexander Sabundjian says that Winamp is the ideal basis for forming a single audio service. The program still has a lot of fans: 100 million people use the player every month.
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The popularity of the product can play into the hands of the "restart". With high probability, many of those who have ever used a player will at least try a new version.
In the case of mobile platforms, there is another factor that will help Winamp 6 to “shoot”. The market for audio applications for iOS and Android is fragmented. It does not yet have an aggregator that allows you to listen to music (and not only) from a large number of different sources. Sabundzhan believes that Winamp can solve this problem.
Users themselves judging by the comments in social networks 3r3209. and on
Thematic sites 3r3209. Were delighted to hear about the release of a new version of the application. However, some people still have doubts about the expediency of restarting the product, albeit in a different format.
Part of the skepticism is connected with the idea of combining several streaming services on the same site. Like
Writes TechCrunch, the same Apple Music and Spotify may refuse to cooperate with Winamp, because they do not want to share the audience with competitors.
If, however, an agreement with large streaming services still happens, then the developers will face another problem. The main trump cards Winamp considered 3r3209. sense of nostalgia and skins. And the application can change a lot when developers start adapting it to modern market requirements.
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Another reason why the success of Winamp 6 looks unlikely is the large number of competitors. We are talking about the same streaming platforms - Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal (about which we did
Separate post ) And others. Most recently, the number of subscribers Spotify reached 83 million. At Apple Music, this figure is exceeds 50 million .
It is believed that people will not trade their usual services for an aggregator acting as an intermediary. And to occupy a niche full-fledged streaming platform from Winamp is unlikely to succeed. The market division has already been completed, and it can be difficult for a newcomer to drive in (albeit with a large user base). Even a giant like Google with its YouTube Music service experiencing problems 3r3209. .
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But even if we forget about the existence of streaming platforms and switch attention to classical music players, then everything is ambiguous. While Winamp was “absent,” other applications developed, lured away the audience. Here are just a few of them:
Foobar2000: Its creator is Polish freelance programmer Peter Pavlovsky. Peter, by the way, had previously worked with NullSoft, the company that created the first Winamp. Foobar is praised for its minimalistic interface and extensive feature set for high-quality audio playback. He remains one of most popular players under Windows (along with AIMP). And last year, the foobar2000 version was released for Linux. Download it can be here . 3r3161.
AIMP: 3r3158. The development began Russian programmer Artem Izmailov. The player runs on its own sound engine . The application supports several interesting features, in particular, 3r3138. Smart playlists
which are collected automatically based on the specified sampling rules (genre, year, album, etc.). At the same time, AIMP has a version for Android - at the beginning of the year it is 3r3-33140. I got an equalizer with 29 bands
[b] QMMP: 3r3158. Multiplatform player for Linux and Windows. Perhaps one of its main advantages is a customizable UI. In particular, QMMP supports skins from the original Winamp2. You can download the player from the repositories on the official website 3r3209. . 3r3161.
[b] Audacious: Open source player. The latest version was released in August of this year. It supports plugins, due to which you can extend its functionality. There are modules that convert the output sound or provide the ability to broadcast information directly to last.fm. Also supports skins from Winamp2. 3r3161.
Windows Media Player: The Microsoft player has also gained its audience. Player 3r3159. Praise for the convenience of the media catalog and integration with the conductor. Plus, this is a standard Windows player, so you can not install additional applications to play music. 3r3161.
3r3r1616. Instead of the conclusion 3r3167.
Details about the upcoming release of Winamp is not so much. It is not even known whether the old slogan “ It really whips the llama’s ass ". Therefore, it is difficult to understand what to expect from Winamp 6.
Engadget Writes if Radionomy can negotiate with streaming platforms and makes a truly universal service, users will get a convenient application that has no analogues. Otherwise, it will be just a new version of the player, which will delight fans of Winamp.
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