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Winamp Full

At a Glance
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Note: This review addresses v5.572 of the software.

Yes, this music playing software has been around from approximately forever. There's a good reason for that: It's a great piece of audio-playing software. Unlike some other jukebox software, it doesn't take up too much hard disk space, and it's simply designed, and easy and straightforward to use.

There are plenty of skins so you can customize how Winamp looks, a podcast directory so it's easy to track and manage podcasts you download, and it plays videos as well as music. Those who like to be entertained while they listen to music can watch the visualizations. And also very useful is the ability to listen to AOL's Shoutcast radio stations.

Winamp Full is missing some features, however. You can't rip CDs to MP3 files, for example, and you can only burn audio CDs eight times with it. To get around these problems, you'll have to pay $20 for the Pro version.

Be aware that when you install this software, it will set Winamp Search as your default search engine-- and will sign you up for a free trial in the eMusic music service--so make sure to uncheck boxes next to those options if you don't want them.

--Preston Gralla

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Winamp

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