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Plex’s twist on classic music player Winamp is every bit as good as it sounds

Plex has released its take on the classic Winamp music player, bringing the Plexamp app for Windows 10 and macOS desktops.

Drawing inspiration from the classic Winamp music player which was well-loved for its ability to play a plethora of music formats, Plex claims the Plexamp will play “any music format you could dream of throwing at it”.

According to Plex’s co-founder and chief technology officer Elan Feingold, Plexamp is the fruit of a passion project by Plex Labs, the company’s experimental tech arm, noting “it all started over a beer” while pondering what a 2017 music player might look like.

The idea gestated and ended up forming the Plexamp, which has been designed to be a small and unobtrusive music player that makes use of Plex’s client-server systems to play a Plex user’s entire music library from anywhere in the world.

“Literally the only requirement we had was ‘small’; Plex has plenty of bigger apps already, but nothing that sits unobtrusively on a desktop, beguiling and delighting. We even forced ourselves to limit the design to a single simple window,” explained Plex Labs.

True to their word, Plex Labs has created Plexamp with a simple easy-on-the-eye user interface that has some neat features like the ability to cross-fade tracks and a visual equaliser, which should please retro fans of Winamp and other media players from the early to mid 2000s.

The app can also work in offline scenarios such as during flights or as Plex Labs puts it: “on your private submarine.”

So rather than offer a modernised version of a classic media player, Plexamp has a good few tricks up its sleeve which should appeal to any Plex users with a healthy music library.

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