Nullsoft is releasing a new beta version of the venerable Winamp MP3 player today, full of features crafted with an eye towards taking on Apple’s iTunes. Eliot Van Buskirk explains on Listening Post:
- The Winamp Remote feature allows you to stream the music and videos on your home computer to any other computer, a Nintendo Wii, or a cellphone, simply by leaving your home computer on and logging in to winamp.com/remote (iTunes, on the other hand, only lets you stream to computers on your local network). I demoed Winamp Remote on a Wii and found it ran smoothly, with an easy-to-learn interface. … – A sharing feature lets you email — or text (!) — a playlist to anyone you know. Just create the playlist and enter their email address or (music-capable) cellphone number; they receive an email or text message with a link to the playlist, which then streams from your computer. Playlists can be as short as one song, giving you a way to text message your friend the Jeffersons theme song just as he’s leaving that hot job interview.
Sounds pretty great! I think many of us have fond memories of Winamp, even after we left it behind to move to library-based interfaces like iTunes since they make large music library use easier. (Although Winamp has had a library feature since at least version 3, it never quite all came together.)
Winamp’s 10th Anniversary Version Edition Will Challenge ITunes [Listening Post]