Winamp About To Get Whole Lot Better

November 30, 2009

9:10 pm

Editor’s Note: This is a guest column by Geno Yoham, Executive Director of Winamp an AOL owned company. Winamp is our Platinum sponsor of TECH cocktail DC 7 on Thursday, December 3, 2009 so we offered them an opportunity to share what they are up to with the TECH cocktail community. You can get more Winamp updates by following @Winamp on Twitter.

Winamp, the ultimate media player is about to get a whole lot better.  The Winamp team has a bunch of new and innovative features to share, so we are excited to be sponsoring TECH cocktail DC 7.  Be sure to check out the Winamp demo where you can meet the developers in person & see what we’ve been up to lately.

What has set Winamp apart for all these years is its ability to customize functionality with third-party add-ons like Skins, Plug-ins & Visualizations. Most recently we’ve added Online Services which are essentially third party web apps. You may already be familiar with one of our flagship Online Services, SHOUTcast™ Radio, but we’ve just created the Tour Tracker Online Service, which allows users to see current tour dates & purchase tickets for artists in real time, as their tracks are playing through their Winamp Media Player.  For all of you wannabe rock stars, lip syncers and karaoke fans, MetroLyrics has built a service so as you’re beltin’ out your favorite tunes, you’ll never miss a single lyric. Last but not least, be sure to check out the new 7digital Store, where you can browse and download new music right to your Winamp library. You can now browse and add these services and other add-ons directly with the new “in-player” galleries.

Now for the video & movie collectors… the best thing about the upcoming Winamp 5.57 will be the new native video support.  Combined, Winamp already supports over 50 audio & video file formats. And we’re making that support even broader by enriching the Winamp video experience by offering support for the most popular file formats for H.264 encoded video (Winamp Pro Only).  With this new release you’ll be able to manage and watch your favorite movies and video files, additionally we are planning to add high def support in a future release in 2010.

If you have not tried Winamp recently, we encourage you to. The Winamp team and the development community have added a lot of great features and extensions, including a redesigned Winamp.com site, Charts, Now Playing, Orgler, Auto-Tag, great new skins, plug-ins, visualizations and much more.

Be sure to come by and hang out with us at TECH cocktail DC 7.  For select attendees, we will be giving away free copies of our Winamp Pro product ($19.95 USD).  If selected, you will receive your free copy as soon as Winamp 5.57 is commercially available.  Hope to see you there!

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