Winamp 5.9 Final is out and it’s still whipping the llama’s ass

Winamp 5.9 Final was released after four years of development and includes many improvements, including support for Windows 11, playback of HTTPS:// streams, and various bug fixes.

Before online music streaming became mainstream, people ripped song tracks from CDs and played them on computer or portable MP3 media players.

One of the most popular MP3 players was Winamp, mainly due to the animated visualizations and skins that users could use on the media player. As a result, Winamp gained a massive following, with many users praising how it “really whipped the llama’s ass” (yes, that’s its catchphrase).

Winamp ceased development after version 5.666 was released in 2013. However, in October 2018, Winamp 5.8 was leaked online, with the developers announcing that they would continue to develop the media player.

Release of the final version of Winamp 5.9

Today Winamp 5.9 Final Build 9999 was released after four years of development since version 5.8 was leaked online.

“This is the culmination of 4 years of work since 5.8 Release. Two development teams and a pandemic-induced hiatus period in between,” reads the Winamp 5.9 Final release notes.

Winamp 5.9 final
Winamp 5.9 final
Source: BleepingComputer

The most significant change in Winamp 5.9 is the porting of the application from Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2019. However, this change caused plugin issues in previous versions for users who did not have Visual installed. Studio 2019 Redistributable.

With this final release, the Winamp installer will check for required Visual Studio 2019 files and prompt users to install them if needed.

The Winamp changelog indicates that this release brings better Windows 11 support, HTTPS:// stream playback, a new podcast directory, and Hi-Res playback support.

Although this version fixes many bugs, the developers state that a number of known issues are intended to be fixed in version 5.9.1.

These known issues include bugs in the About dialog, Milkdrop, AVS editor, ml_wire podcasts, Bento skin, and more.

However, those who need the NSV VP3 decoder are out of luck, as the feature is now deprecated.

“We can’t find the old On2 VP3 source code anywhere, so we officially declare this format obsolete / EOL,” the developers explain in the release notes.

The Winamp developers are also planning new features for version 5.91, listed below:

Still to do (5.9.1 and beyond)
– Added native support for more formats (e.g. opus, ogv/ogm, TS, dash/iso6, H.265, HLS, VP9, ​​etc.)
– Replace old Gracenote features (CDDB, Autotag, etc.) e.g. MusicBrainz or MusicStory
– Maybe restore a working NowPlaying service?
– Add more default services to ml_online view (Lyrics, Jamendo, Hotmix, YT, Bandcamp, Spotify, etc.)?
– More multithreading and progress dialogs for “Send To” features (e.g. sending a large ML view to a playlist)
– Setup for in_mod & out_wasapi
– Show file info dialog for in_mod
– Tons more 🙂

For those interested, the Winamp developers have posted a full list of changes from version 5.9 to the final release in this changelog.

The homepage still points to the wrong version of Winamp, but the final version can be downloaded here for now.

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