Winamp on Windows 8

For some people, Winamp has been there forever as their one and only audio (at first) and video player (since version 3, if I’m not mistaken) so, despite all the drawbacks of this product, they’ll keep using after moving to Windows 8 as well. Anyway, some people already used it on Windows 8’s consumer preview releases and it seems Winamp already runs like a charm on this new operating system. Even more, since Winamp offers excellent integration with Windows 7, I have no doubt it will provide a solid media experience on Windows 8 as soon as Microsoft’s future operating system hits the shelves.

These being said, I think there’s only one thing left to do – take a quick tour of this program’s features and strong/weak parts, as I see them. As usual, if your opinion is different, I strongly advise you to step forward and drop a comment – as long as it’s not spam or dirty language, it’s going to be my pleasure to read it and, if needed, reply.

Winamp Features

– Wireless/USB desktop sync with its Android version
– iTunes Library import capabilities
– Support for multi-channel MP3 surround
– Toolbar-based control of the player from within your browser
– Extended Flash video support
– Fully customizable replay gain features
– Automatic tagging of your audio files
– Winamp Orgler for tracking, charting and sharing your listening history
– Multilanguage support
– Much more…


Since 2010, Winamp offers an Android version that can sync with your desktop version of the application over USB or WiFi. When it comes to spicing up your music player, Winamp is a really good choice, since a lot of skins and plugins are available for it. Best part of it all? If the standard version seems much more than you or your computer need/can take, there’s a lite edition available as well. Pheeew… so I guess Winamp doesn’t deserve to die, at least not yet… :)


Since AOL took Winamp under its wings, the program’s setup package got full of junk, not to mention the stuff that was there before – that useless Winamp Agent, the Winamp Toolbar or the offer to set AOL Search as your default search engine. Unfortunately, it doesn’t end here, since the installer also recommends you to install Registry Mechanic…

What started once as a straightforward audio player is now a fully-featured media center with a lot of features that virtually nobody will use, making it a really bad choice for old computer, due to its increased system resources usage.

While some may say this is not a negative part, I think that having better competitors that offer for free more than you do for a price (I really pity those who waste money on Winamp Pro) is a bad thing. For you and your product, of course.

Oh, yeah, I could say that Winamp’s default interface is also rather cluttered and confusing, but it could be only a matter of personal taste. What do you think?

Winamp – The Relevant Links

Winamp Official Website
Winamp Official Download Page
Winamp Wikipedia Page
Winamp Versions – Features Compared

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5 Responses to Winamp on Windows 8

  1. Ray 26th October 2012 at 1:51 pm #


    Thanks for the article above. I came here just to see whether Winamp works on Windows 7. It seems it does. However, I see that you are biased as many other users and did not even give a fair try to Winamp.

    I won’t go in a lengthy article about the advantages of Winamp on Windows but I will just mention 3 points:
    i) Install – you can customize your install option and it just takes a couple of clicks to install the right plugins/install. In fact, Winamp offers more customization than the next rival, Itunes. The latter was installing the “Bonjour ” service in earlier setups and you would not even be aware of that.
    ii) The media library in Winamp is more intuitive than the same library in Itunes or Windows Media Player. It is easier to navigate be it album view or artist view. I could not see similar ease of use in Itunes
    iii) The great plugin ecosystem is not even matched by Itunes. I have not even heard of DSP plugins for Itunes. Also, if you want guidance, you can find lots of info on the winamp forums.

    Finally,this may come as a surprise to you but Winamp is still the media player of choice for people who do not want to use a bloated and inflexible media player which acts mainly as a conduit for sales of apps (i mean Itunes),

  2. Jamie 3rd December 2012 at 1:29 am #

    Hi Codrut and Ray….so far

    I came here looking to find out if Winamp worked with Windows 8 and stumbled across this review, which I find pretty disappointing.

    For a start, to put “Much more…” in the Winamp features section is pretty poor. To not include many of it’s other features, kind of says that you haven’t even tried the program properly.

    I have used Winamp since Yahoo ruined Musicmatch….quite some time ago!

    Winamp provides a great amount of features for nothing, is very customisable and is pretty stable. If you are happy with what you get for nothing then there is no need to go Pro.

    Most free software wants you to install sponsored software but you CAN choose NOT to install it with Winamp. It’s how people make money to help develop and update their product!

    It is able to sync with many different portable devices and unlike iTunes, you are able to connect more than one apple device to sync your library, without wiping it from another apple device (This of course may have changed with iTunes as I have not used it since the first mistake!)

    The visualiser is awesome if you like that kind of thing, you can crossfade in to the next track and it has an equaliser, all free!

    If you’ve got an old PC then don’t use Winamp if it doesn’t work with it. Simple!

    I agree that when you first install Winamp, the interface is very messy but you can change it around and remove things that you dont want. I simply have the player controls, equaliser, playlist window and the large window listing artists, title, album and track.

    For those that don’t know, you can use your mouse to drag and hide certain windows (like the side pane)

    I would also like to know what other “free” players offer more features than Winamp, then I might just convert!

    I’m sorry to go on but I consider this to be a very poorly written article or review, in fact I’m not sure what it’s supposed to be! Sorry!!!

  3. Joe 4th January 2013 at 2:17 am #

    Your article is the only one I have found for winamp on Windows8 and I have to say that it is a great article. I am curious though. Have you noticed that Winamp is not loading online stations from shoutcast or any other sites? If so, have you found a workaround for this? I as yet have not been able to find a way of making this work, and short of listening to shoutcast from the website itself I have not been able to listen to any radio stations using winamp.

  4. d.e.r. 27th January 2013 at 1:56 am #

    I’VE used winamp , with xp , vista ,and windows 7with no problems. But now I have windows 8 . the problem is I can’t get certin skins to run.

  5. codrut 8th April 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    Hello guys, sorry for the way too long delay. Let me tell you just two things:

    1. It is really sad to see people consider iTunes an alternative to Winamp (or the other way around). iTunes is pathetic, while Winamp is no longer as good as it used to be about 10 years ago.
    2. Jamie, there are plenty of amazing & free music players out there, but now I’ll only give you two to play with: foobar2000 and, very similar when it comes to interface, yet much much much better, features-wise, AIMP.

    That’s all, folks!

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