Winamp, the classic music player first released in 1997, is making a comeback.
The iconic media player originally designed for Microsoft Windows teased its big return Saturday (Nov. 20) with a redesigned website promising to connect modern users to the music and artists they love.
The media player first grew in popularity with over three million downloads when it was first released in the late ’90s during the height of MP3 (music) file sharing. The media player is said to have a vibrant community of 80 million active users worldwide today.
“We’re building Winamp for the next-generation. Not just updated, but totally remastered,” states Winamp’s new website.
“The new Winamp connects you to your music wherever you are. It brings you closer to the artists you love. It’s home to your favorite music podcasts and radio stations,” it adds.
Winamp will also be supporting artists and audio creators by giving control over the content in a unique space, that will help them connect with fans and earn fairer income.
The new website also states that the current 5.8 version will still be available to download.
While full details are still under wraps, according to parent company AudioValley, the vision for the remastered Winamp is “to become the one-stop platform for audio enthusiasts, which connects creators and consumers of music, podcasts, radio stations, audiobooks, and any other peripheral content.”
Based on the hints, it looks like fans can expect an audio streaming platform similar to Spotify, rather than the classic PC music player of old.
The company is currently on the lookout for beta testers for the remastered audio player. Those interested may register to become a beta tester at Winamp.com.