What is Winamp?
Nullsoft’s Winamp is a general purpose media player running primarily on Windows based computers and recently Android devices, first released in 1997 by the joint efforts of a Russian programmer and an American programmer. It is noted for its distinctive playlist style and management feature, visualizations, and a whole slew of plugins that extended and augmented its capabilities. These plugins generally fall under seven types – input, output, visualization, DSP and effect, general purpose, media library, and portable – which enable third party developers and Nullsoft itself to write addons for the program that enhance its functionalities, or even add further capabilities to the application. In the later years of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st, Winamp has grown in tremendous popularity due to its variety of plugins, being one of the first free alternatives to Windows Media Player that offered features more advanced than the Windows default, and the surging popularity of the MP3 audio file format and file sharing services across the Internet.
Winamp is written in C++ and supports most audio music formats in existence, and was actually the first player to support .OGG files (Ogg Vorbis) natively without the use of additional codecs.
File types supported by Winamp
Our users primarily use Winamp to open these file types:
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