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.)
Between Winamp 5.5 and Songbird
(and nerdier options like Media Monkey
), the desktop music library competition may be heating back up.
Winamp's 10th Anniversary Version Edition Will Challenge ITunes
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