Winamp is more than just a player. It’s your window to the multimedia world. From MP3s to streaming video, Winamp is the one place you go to feed your audio/video habit. Winamp 5.5 features our new Bento Skin that’s easier to use and more powerful than ever.
WinAmp update is easily access the Media Library, Playlist Editor, Video, Visualizations, Media Monitor Browser, EQ, Skin Options and Color Themes all from one single user interface. Includes over 20 color themes that suit nearly every mood or occasion!, Winamp 5.5 carries forward the unobtrusive “Window Shade” mode.
Drag and drop media directly into a Playlist from Windows Explorer or the Media Library, Jump directly to an item within the list by double clicking it or selecting the item and pressing Enter, Sort Playlists by title, file name, or path and file name, Easily Open and Save Playlists from the Manage Playlist button.
Here are more some key features of “Winamp 5 Lite”:
- Winamp only use Classic skins
- Winamp gives you easy and organized access to your favorite media. That’s what you call mass media
- Winamp can play a huge variety of audio and video formats right out of the box… err… out of the installation.
- You get access to hundreds of free audio and video channels in the Media Library. This ain’t your father’s library.
- Winamp can burn your music to CDs.
- Winamp makes it easy to create and manage your favorite songs through playlists. Yes, you can be your own DJ.
- Winamp allows you to extend it’s functionality through the use of “plug-ins” Its like the Mr. Potato Head of music.
- Winamp will allow you to alter the sound of your music through a built-in Equalizer. An audio receiver right on your PC.
- Winamp allows you to watch visual effects that are driven from your music with Visualizations. From flaming fireballs to screaming strobe effects, its all there.
WinAmp New took some long-needed steps to improve the old-school media player, with support for AAC encoding, CD burning, and a robust file-management system. WinAmp 5.56 ups the ante with strong support for portable devices, including iPods, the ability to sync non-DRMed files to your PC from your device, an optional new interface layout and a built-in browser for media discovery.
We liked that clicking on an artist’s name will get you related headlines and Web sites in a separate pane. There’s also Podcast support, device synchronization that lets you tweak the sync list while in progress, and continued support for AOL’s excellent Shoutcast. The new Bento layout is worth mentioning, too, because it gets the venerable llama away from the old modular format.
The joined panes for the browser, media player, artist list, album list and more make WinAmp instantly more visually appealing. There’s also an Auto-Tag feature, which will download metatags from the Gracenote database, and Winamp’s proprietary music scrobler called Orgler, with links back to AOL Music.
If you want MP3 encoding and full-speed CD burning, you have to shell out $19.95 for the Pro version. However, there are other problems. Automatic album art download support is spotty at best. More importantly, there are some stability issues when playing videos, and occasional program crashes were far more common than they should be.
Update Winamp 5.5 is no iTunes killer–not yet. It has become, however, a strong alternative and should be of interest to those looking for something with more meat on its bones. Llama meat, that is.
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