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The Winamp & Nullsoft Odyssey

Winamp was created by Nullsoft in 1997 as a community supported media play and was a pioneer as well as a disruptor in the digital media space. Lead by Justin Frankel and his merry band of developers, Winamp soon became one of the most revolutionary applications of its kind. Nullsoft, acquired by AOL in 1999, also created SHOUTcast, Gnutella (open source) and NSIS (open source installer used by Winamp, Dropbox, Firefox and others). Winamp was an early leader in community developed applications and helped to spawn the open source software movement for music. You can drop by our team & alumni pages to learn more about the people responsible for creating the player, turning out new revs, maintaining the website, and fostering relations with the developer community.

Today, Winamp is one of the world's most popular media players allowing users to manage and play audio and video files. Winamp supports playback of 60 audio and video formats, and is available in two versions: Winamp Standard and Winamp Pro. Although free, don't let the name fool you because Winamp Standard provides loads of features well beyond what you'd get from any plain vanilla media player. To name a few, it features robust tools for creating playlists, customizing your playback experience (aka "skinning"), managing podcasts, syncing portable devices, listening to internet radio stations, and accessing remote media (Winamp Remote).

The Pro version provides you with several additional features like mp3 ripping, high speed audio CD burning/ripping, extra-small file size encoding with AACPlus, and native support for H.264 encoded video. If you haven't tried Winamp lately, downloading the Winamp Media Player should be your first stop. From there you should visit which is home for all things Winamp, and will help you get the most out of your Winamp experience.

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Not Your Plain Vanilla Player

At its core Winamp is all about individuality and customization, that's why we offer add-ons to extend functionality beyond the original design. Thanks to the efforts of our loyal development community, Winamp offers over 6,000 add-ons including skins, plug-ins, visualizations & online services.

In addition to its breadth of features and support of high fidelity playback, one of Winamp's main differentiators is its skin-able interface. This level of customization gives you the control to reflect your own individual personality. To date the Winamp community has created over 2,700 skins. Browse our gallery to find one that fits your taste, or if you are the DIY type, make your own.

Example Winamp Skins

A Plug-in extends the functionality of Winamp and allows you to add just about anything to your Winamp player including equalizers, additional codecs, language packs, games and more. There are over 900 community developed plug-ins to choose from, so you can browse the plug-in gallery or make your own.

Example Winamp Plug-ins

You can also bring your music to life with any one of Winamp's world renowned visualizations. Essentially they're dynamic add-ons that produce images, colors, and textures that change based on elements of the music being played. There are nearly 2,800 presets available for download in our visualization gallery. As a side note, the creator of Milkdrop (one of the two visualization platforms in Winamp) in Ryan Geiss. Ryan who now works for Microsoft, is a core developer of the human-tracking algorithms for Xbox 360's Kinect. Explore the Winamp visualization gallery or make your own.

Example Winamp Visualization

Online Services:
The latest type of add-on is an online service, which is an integrated website or app customized specifically to interact with your Winamp player. With Winamp online services, you can broaden the functionality of your player with services like the 7digital store. This seamlessly integrated digital download store makes it easy and convenient to buy and download music without ever leaving your player. Winamp not only provides one of the most customizable players in the world but strives to extend your listening experience with valuable services that give access to artist info, tour schedules & tickets, lyrics, and an extensive podcast directory. Check out the Online Services Gallery or make your own.
Example Winamp Online Services

Other Tasty Flavors in Winamp

Winamp is home to SHOUTcast Radio where you can choose from over 40,000 internet radio stations. If you don't find one you like, SHOUTcast provides the tools so you can create your own station.

The Now Playing experience presents contextual information around your music catalog. While listening to music, you will be offered artist biographies, photos, discographies, videos, news and recommendations.

The Orgler Module is an embeddable widget that reads your playback history and lets you share your listening habits with friends online. Or you can choose to download the Winamp Toolbar which allows you to control Winamp directly from your web browser.


We love feedback, so tell us what you think, or you can stay in touch with the Winamp community on our product blog, Twitter, or in the Winamp Forums. Our community forum is a hub for technical questions, discussions and support. For those interested in building stuff and contributing to our Add-on catalog, the Winamp Developer Network is full of useful tools and documentation.

If it isn't clear already, we'll say it again... we love our developer community! Be sure to support them by downloading and using their add-ons -- be it a new skin, a tweaked out visualization, an online service, a plug-in, or one of th3 16 different language packs. If you like the add-on, give them some feedback by reviewing, rating, or leaving a comment.

One part genius. Three parts llama. And a sprinkling of corporate AOL. That's what Winamp is all about.