New Winamp Syncs iPods, Targets iTunes

Best alternative yet?

If you’re more than 25 years old you ”inevitably” used Winamp. Well, after many years of not doing very much – during a time when people decided they would like a slow, resource heavy piece of Mac software to control all their music – Winamp is back and ready to battle it out with iTunes…

To celebrate its 10th birthday, programmer Nullsoft will be launching ‘Winamp 5.5: Anniversary Edition’ with a brand new (dare I say it) iTunes-esque interface with support for album art and even iPod synchronisation.

But Winamp isn’t just copying iTunes here, it’s playing a far more flexible game: automatic playlist generators, a fully integrated browser, MP3 surround playback support and a media monitor too which automatically playlists playable songs from any webpage (think how useful that could be with online music stores such as Amazon) all make it inside.

Furthermore, Nullsoft has ambitiously enabled remote access from the new Winamp to music and videos on the web, mobile devices and even TVs using a PS3, Xbox 360 and even Wii. Impressive.

Winamp 5.5 Anniversary edition will be launched on 10 October (10/10 – geddit?) but a sneaky beta is available on AOL *spit* here.

Scary, I ”almost” referred to AOL in a positive way. I must go shower…

”’Update:”’ Ah praise be! Winamp has an official beta posting too here now you can keep away from that ‘other’ place.

Beta Download

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