Note: This review addresses v5.572 of the
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.