There were rumours of a leaked Winamp Beta a few weeks ago now which now has forced Radionomy into launching an official beta of 5.8.


Winamp 5.8 – New and improved

  • Windows Audio (WASAPI) Output plug-in (w.i.p.)
  • Added an option to completely disable Winamp’s video support
  • Added an auto-fullscreen option to video prefs
  • Added /ENUMPLAYLISTS to the command-line support
  • Windows 8.1 and 10 compatibility
  • [in_mod] OpenMPT-based Module Player (replaces old MikMod player)
  • [ml_playlists] Added browse path & edit title functions in Ctrl+E editor
  • [Bento] Updated scrollbars and buttons and other tweaks (thanks Martin)
  • [Bento & Modern skins] Added a Playlist Search feature (thanks Victor)
  • Fixed: New URLs not being remembered after using Reset history in Open URL dialog

Issues fixed

  • Various memory leaks
  • [gen_tray] Not showing correct current icon pack in preferencesMore to follow.
  • [in_avi] Divide-by-zero crash with badly formed files (thanks ITDefensor)
  • [in_mp3] Crashing with some ID3v2 tags
  • [ml_wire] Slow loading issue
  • [ssdp] Crash on load if jnetlib was not correctly initialized


  • Minimum required OS is now Win XP sp3 (Windows 7 or higher recommended)
  • More general tweaks, improvements, fixes and optimizationsu
  • Moved shared DLLs to Winamp\Shared folder
  • Removed: All former “Pro” licensed functions (Winamp is now 100% freeware again)
  • Removed: gen_jumpex & UnicodeTaskbarFix (making way for native implementations)
  • Removed: ml_nowplayingNotes:

Some features are works-in-progress, e.g. new in_mod & out_wasapi plugins

Sorry, no CD burning, autotag or CDDB features yet. No multinational version with lang packs yet either.

Changes since unofficial build 3563:

  • Removed ml_nowplaying;
  • Updated libogg, libvorbis, libflac & libopenmpt;
  • Copyright updates; added more genres to file info dialog; u
  • New digital cert; various other general tweaks, fixes and prep work.

More to follow.

  • Removed: [in_wm] DRM support
  • Replaced: CD playback and ripping now using native Windows API (instead of Sonic)
  • Replaced: MP3 Decoder now mpg123 based (instead of Fraunhofer)
  • Replaced: AAC Decoder now using Media Foundation (Vista and higher)
  • Replaced: H.264 Decoder now using Media Foundation (Vista and higher)
  • Replaced: MPEG-4 Pt.2 Decoder now using Media Foundation (Vista and higher)
  • Updated: [in_vorbis] libogg 1.3.3 & libvorbis 1.3.6
  • Updated: [libFLAC] FLAC 1.3.2
  • Updated: [libyajl] libyajl v2.1.0
  • Updated: [OpenSSL] OpenSSL v1.0.1i
  • Updated: [png] libpng v1.5.24

If you can be bothered to download and Install the program it can be downloaded from the Winamp website

It’s worth pointing out that it has taken them nearly 5 years to get to this point. The “Core base” of Winamp users isn’t what it once was.

I’ve stopped using Winamp because RadioDJ does everything I need from a music automation program. Plus RadioDJ has better sound quality and better crossfading.

Last updated on: 19th November 2018
at 17:00 PM Europe/London