If Wizz, Caramail, and Skyblog mean anything to you, you are most likely among internet users who have listened to music on their PC using Winamp before. The multimedia player from the early 2000s, which had more or less disappeared from the radar before being talked about again in 2018, could return for good, very soon, in a new, completely redesigned version.
Its publisher, AudioValley (formerly Radionomy), which has just updated the Winamp website, announces that it is developing a version of its player for “The next generation”. This new version of the multimedia player would not be a simple update, and would radically change direction to become a complete platform for broadcasting audio content online.
“The new Winamp connects you to your music wherever you are. It brings you closer to the artists you love. It is the home of your favorite music podcasts and radio stations ” can we read on the home page of the site.
The new Winamp would thus have been “Reimagined to connect with your favorite artists and the music you love”.
If we are to believe the few elements distilled on the site, the media player could turn into a platform driven by artists and audio creators to allow them to broadcast their music and podcasts to the public, and to get paid.
“For artists and audio creators, we want to put you in control of your content. We’ll help you connect closely with your fans and earn a fairer income by doing what you love ” also indicates Winamp.
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An operation reminiscent of another platform, SoundCloud, which offers artists a similar service, and which would compete with services like Spotify or Deezer, which also offer podcasts.
Without going into more details on what exactly is going on, Winamp invites all those who are interested to register on the site to become a beta tester, and thus to discover in preview the future innovations which will be proposed in the multimedia player. .
Launched in 1997, Winamp boasts some 80 million active users worldwide, an optimistic figure that is difficult to verify, however.
Source : Winamp