You may already know that Winamp, with its online services will shut down from 20th December. While this is a great shock for the music-lovers, this is also the chance to check out what other media players have evolved to in the meantime. It is true that Winamp introduced some of today’s obvious features, but the development process actually slowed down during the last decade. Since AOL bought the parent company of the media player, no major new feature was introduced by the team. But the other media players were not passing their days idly. Rather, they kept themselves busy in introducing some cool new features which Winamp missed. In this post, you will find some of the most popular music players, which could act as the alternative to the historic software, Winamp.
VLC Media Player
It could be said without any doubt that VLC has everything that Winamp had, if not more. Though the player is primarily focused at playing video files, it provides excellent audio playing experience too. It does everything you could expect from a freeware. You can customize the software with themes, plugins and lots of additional options. The developers of this media player tried their best to put the minimum amount of footprint on the users system. VLC is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android and iOS. A Windows 8.1 version is on its way too. While you will get no more official support from Winamp, it is the perfect time to give VLC a try.
Foobar is a very straightforward, light media player which is used by countless users all over the world. This player supports most of the common audio formats including MP3 and AAC. It also works fine in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows. What’s more, it also has a large library of additional plugins. With options like keyboard shortcuts, customizable look, gapless playback and ripping audio CDs, you can’t complain about this fantastic piece of software. Another notable thing about Foobar2000 is its extreme system-friendliness. It uses minimum system resources and does not affect the performance of the user’s computer.
While Foobar2000 has a very steep learning curve, it is a very excellent music player for Windows and this would be our top pick if you need a Winamp alternative. There are loads of skins available to download and as demonstrated below, Foobar2000 has completely been transformed. After moving from Windows to Linux, Foobar2000 is the only software that cannot be replaced and that explains how superb Foobar2000 is.
Apple’s iTunes is not only an ordinary media player, it also includes the facility of subscribing to podcasts, listening to online radios, managing local libraries, playing different types of music, creating playlists etc. The iPad, iPhone and iPod users can also sync their device libraries with the iTunes software installed in their PC. One disappointing fact about this software is its very basic outlook. With no customization options for the end users, Apple’s iTunes won’t stop your breath. While some users have complained that the software slowed down their PCs, you should not worry if you have at least 512MB of RAM.
If you want the looks of Winamp in another media player, then you are looking for AIMP. This media player produces excellent quality audio, with most of the features of Winamp being included in it. Like the soon-to-be-gone media player, AIMP supports multiple playlists, plays most audio formats, includes a tag editor and a powerful converter and allows you to listen to Internet radio stations. While it requires very few system resources, the software is available for every version of Windows, including the latest Windows 8.1.
With all the features of Winamp, Media Monkey actually offers some extra functionality for its users. If you have a huge media library and can’t seem to organize it, this software could help you in sorting out your collection. The media player supports a large number of audio formats including the odd ones like OGG, FLAC and WAV. It also supports additional skins and plugins. That means you can customize the player according to your preferences.
Windows Media Player
Last but not the least; don’t forget the unavoidable media player provided with your Windows OS, the Windows Media Player (WMP). Having it pre-installed is not the only reason of considering it as a potential alternative to Winamp. Rather, this media player is also capable of playing songs continuously, managing playlists and organizing your music library. Though it does not support a lot of media formats, you can always install the all-in-one codec pack. Stop hating it and take a good look, the latest version of WMP actually looks pretty cool. If your requirement is to play music only, then you should be more than satisfied with WMP, it does that job pretty well.
The discontinuation of Winamp is really sad for all of us. But it also provided us with a unique opportunity of trying out other media players. Winamp introduced lots of new, innovative features and changed the way we listen to MP3s. Now that it is counting its days, the job is now on the other music software to continue the tradition and introduce new features to the users.