Winamp is not dead and announces the release of its source code

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Winamp was one of the most popular music players which had a great boom during the first decade of the 2000s and part of the 2010s.

this player was the inspiration for the creation of other popular players which had a large number of fans in Linux. This was thanks to its originality and flexibility to change the design of the interface through skins and also to the various plugins that enhanced its use.

Among the players that were inspired and even created several open source clones for Linux, players influenced by Winamp were XMMS, XMMS2, Beep Media Player, Audacious and Qmmp.

Despite this, Winamp He always had greater popularity and not for nothing did he earn it., since as I mentioned, Winamp stood out, among other of its contemporaries, thanks to the great flexibility it offered to the user to be able to adapt it to their taste.

In the case of a serviceor (me) before entering the world of linux, I used and made Winamp my preferred player and although I was not much of a change to one of the many skins it offered, since my favorite was "Big Bento."

What I did do with Winamp was customize it so much to be able to operate the player with a key shortcut to change, pause or return songs, increase or decrease the volume, use the equalizer depending on the genre, as well as boost the volume so that you could hear more than what the system originally offered, I used it to transfer my songs to my devices, I used it to put the correct metadata to the songs, sort by artist, album, year, genre, among other things.

Part of this was from the settings that Winamp offered natively, but as I mentioned, The player could also be enhanced thanks to plugins and among my section of them was the one that allows you to show what you were listening to in Hotmail's "Messenger" (nothing to do with the current one in Meta), I managed to create my own radio station thanks to shoutcast, countless things that this good player He left us who came to use him.

The reason for mentioning this is that recently «Llama Group» has announced its decision to open the source code of Winamp and move the project to a collaborative development model in which anyone can participate.

In this way Winamp invites developers from all over the world to participate in development of your player, since this opening of the code provides the opportunity for the community to contribute their experience, ideas and passion to evolve this application that goes beyond simply playing music.

«This decision will delight millions of users around the world. We will focus on new mobile players and other platforms. We will launch a new mobile player in early July. Still, we do not want to forget the tens of millions of users who use the software on Windows and will benefit from the experience and creativity of thousands of developers,” said Alexandre Saboundjian, CEO of Winamp. Despite the open source initiative, Winamp will retain ownership of the software and control over innovations in the official version.

Y Although Winamp is initially designed for use on the Windows platform, The player also released mobile versions of Winamp for the Android and iOS platforms. Audacious and Qmmp are expected (which are the players that are still standing) are benefited due to the movement carried out by Llama Group and it is mentioned that the publication of the code is scheduled for September 24, 2024.

Regarding the reason for the release, the transition to an open development model is mentioned (according to unofficial information) It was due to a reorganization due to economic problems, which led the company to sell the Shoutcast project last year and dismiss the core team of developers that maintained the classic Winamp application for Windows, in favor of developing the streaming web service of the same name and mobile applications.

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