When it comes to music player applications, Winamp is a name that needs absolutely no introduction. A staple of just about every PC back in the days, the legendary software introduced many of us (including, yours truly) to the whole concept of enjoying music on our computers. Fast forward to the present day, and it has been superseded by a number of great music player programs. The developers of Winamp has also shown no interest in releasing regular updates which had me looking for apps that can act as Winamp alternatives. So, if you are also someone who is ready to ditch Winamp for a better and regularly updated music player applications, here are the 7 best Winamp alternatives for Windows you can install in 2019.

Best Winamp Alternatives for Windows in 2019

1. MediaMonkey

Looking for not just a music player, but also a powerhouse media organizer application? MediaMonkey is just the Winamp alternative you need. It can easily manage media collections spanning hundreds of thousands of songs, both local and network stored. Advanced functions let you sort & organize music based on genre, artist, and things like that.

MediaMonkey

MediaMonkey supports nearly all music formats (e.g. MP3, FLAC, AAC), and thanks to its syncing prowess, it can backup and sync media with numerous Android, iOS and Windows devices. And if you’re still not impressed, it even lets you share media with UPnP and DLNA compatible devices like TVs. Oh, and let’s not forget the various add-ons available for it, which help MediaMonkey speak song title, stream music over the web, and do lots of other cool things.

Platform Availability: Windows 10, 8 and 7 (Desktop); Android (Mobile)

Price: Free, $24.95

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2. Foobar2000

Developed by a former freelance contractor for Nullsoft (the company behind Winamp), Foobar2000 is probably the most flexible and extensive music player out there. Sure, its UI looks pretty dated, but underneath that, it hides tons of features. Foobar2000 has a highly modular design and you can completely customize which modules (e.g. playlist manager) are shown. (For example, the companion screenshot below shows the latest version 1.3.10  displaying the Album art, Track info, Playlist, and Spectrogram modules).

Foobar2000

It can rip Audio CDs and convert media in numerous different formats. Foobar2000 can even read media files stored in archives such as ZIP and RAR. Other features include customizable keyboard shortcuts, portable installation, and an extensive SDK that allows features like playback stats, UPnP streaming etc. that can be added to the software.

Platform Availability: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP (Desktop); Development for all major mobile platforms planned, via crowdfunding support.

Price: Free

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3. MusicBee

MusicBee has always been one of the most popular Winamp alternatives. But now, we have a new version of the software which brings some major improvements to the table. Much like the original version, the updated MusicBee software can play all popular formats, and supports gap-less playback as well. There’s built in tag editor, which lets you easily edit or add ID3 tag information to songs, and the same can be fetched online too.

MusicBee

MusicBee’s Auto DJ mode lets you automate music playback, complete with configurable settings like library sources, similar artist track playback etc., which can be saved as custom filters. Oh, and the Music Explorer module can be used to browse the top charting artists, albums etc., thanks to MusicBee’s integration with the Xbox Music service. Also, the plug-in support (including those of Winamp) lets you add extra features (e.g. device syncing) to the software.

Availability: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP.

Price: Free

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4. Winyl

Winyl is a lightweight music player app with a simple UI, rich audio codec support, and a whole lot more. Winyl is an easy-to-use music player that can handle pretty much any audio file you throw at it. The app also has a dedicated radio section, with which you can tune in to your favorite shows on air.

Winyl

In addition to that, you also get ‘Smartlist’ feature’, a feature which automatically creates playlists for you based on 25 most played tracks. Besides the fact that Winyl can handle various file formats like WMA, M4A, MP3, OGG, MPC, APE, FLAC, etc., Winyl also supports audio output in standards like WASAPI and ASIO.

Availability: Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista.

Price: Free

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5. AIMP

For those wanting a straightforward music player application that packs a healthy balance of features and simplicity, AIMP is the Winamp alternative to go for. Just load up your music library, and enjoy it with AIMP’s 32-bit audio processing for a great experience. It comes with a number of audio effects, such as Flanger and Voice remover, and can even record Internet radio to standard audio files.

AIMP

However, perhaps the most unique feature of AIMP is that it can load the currently playing track (up to 250 MB) into the RAM, thus resulting in a more seamless playback. And that’s not all. AIMP’s feature list includes configurable global hotkeys, automatic shutdown, and support for numerous plug-ins.

Platform Availability: Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista (Desktop); Android (Mobile)

Price: Free

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6. iTunes

iTunes is yet another software in this list that needs no introduction. This particular music player from Apple has been making rounds around the internet ever since it came out, and it’s proven to be one of the best music players.

iTunes

Now, there’s a common misconception that iTunes can only be used with an iOS device. But that’s not really true. Even if you don’t own an iOS device, you can still use iTunes as your default music player on Windows. In addition to importing your own library of songs, you can also search of tracks and albums online on Apple iTunes store. We’re talking of Apple’s rich library of songs which includes millions of songs. Of course, they’re not available for free, but it’s still nice to have a library when you need it.

In addition to music, you can also find movies, TV Shows, podcasts, and audiobooks as well. iTunes truly is a versatile media hub, and it’s definitely checking out.

Availability: Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista.

Price: Free

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7. Bread Player

Bread Player is the only paid app in this list, however, we truly think that it’s worth the asking price of $0.99. It’s one of those music players that’ll catch your attention the first time you use it. Much like every other suggestion mentioned in this list, Bread Player also supports a wide array of audio codecs like MP3, M4A, FLACa, and more.

Bread Player

You can also rely on Bread Player to automatically import the tracks and albums that are saved in your PC. Additionally, the player also comes with support for synced lyrics. which is definitely handy. Heck, Bread player also takes care of missing artist details of a track. Awesome, right? Well, the Bread player is packed with a lot of other interesting features like, so be sure to check it out.

Availability: Windows 10

Price: $0.99

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SEE ALSO: 10 Best Video Players For Windows

Lots of Great Winamp Alternatives

Winamp has always been (and still is) one of the most feature laden and popular music player applications. And while it’ll be surely awesome when it  returns to a regular update cycle, for the time being, the above discussed applications are going to serve you just perfect. Try them all, and sound off your thoughts in the comments below.

Comments


  1. WinAmp has been my favorite for a good long time; since the Pentium 90 Mhz/Windows 2000 era. That’s a long, long time, software-wise. Its easy to use, no popups and junk stuff, straight forward interface hasn’t changed, so moving up in versions has been seamless. It’s kind of a shame that this great piece of software, although still usable, has been left stale.
    Making a 64 bit version would be great! How about ditching the nonessential 32 bit plugins people talk about and just keep it as a music player; a native 64 bit version of the “original” Winamp? Is it possible? It would be great!

  2. VLC is going to be your absolute best bet if your on android. It pulls all music info and connects it to the files.

    You got playlist creation and easy access. You put all your music on your phone in random folders and VLC will find it automatically and put each album in order by the date of which it was released to the public.

    So you feel like listening to a specific rock band but only wanna hear 80’s music that day? No problem. Select the artist then scroll to the 80’s section of the music or type. View every album released in the 80’s from that artist. You could alternatively type “1980” into the search bar and it would pull up the albums of the artist that way.

  3. In my opinion, there will NEVER be a true alternative to Winamp.
    Winamp followed me through the mp3 era and was after i installed the operating system and drivers, the first program to be installed. It still remains as was. Even if there’s no new version coming out and Winamp as a company held application is declared dead, Winamp is still running fine on my computer.
    Who needs a new version if this player is so superior to others?
    I am running 5.35 and have never had any issues using it.

    The closest another software player got to Winamp is AIMP.
    But for me personally, i have no needs to switch to AIMP because Winamp is still runing fine and will probably do so for a long time in the future.

    • I agree 100% with you, and would never be looking for alternatives if it were not because now I installed it on Windows10 and it doesnt play FLAC or WAV files anymore! The same version was working great on Win7.
      If you have a workaround for that I would really appreciate it!
      Thxs

  4. I have personally installed and tried all of the suggested applications above. My verdict: I still love Winamp.

    • Totally agree with you. Tried AIMP, Media Monkey, MusicBee, Foobar200, etc. Foobar2000 is the only one that i keep installed on my pc, but i still prefer Winamp. Old, but still the best music player in my opinion.

  5. AIMP is TERRIBLE. It has a confusing interface, and it DOESN’T PLAY VIDEO FILES! How can you have a video player in 2016 / 2017 that doesn’t play video files? I’m not a big fan of VLC. As long as Winamp keeps working, I’ll stick with that with Divx Player for MP4 files. MusicBee is HORRENDOUS.

    There really doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of options. Winamp won’t be coming back, but somebody give me something as good. That’s not a whole lot to ask.

  6. have to admit winampis NEVER coming back – over 3 years of BS about how they are going to return… NO WAY! Dead… and best forgotten! (they were my FAVORITE, but gone is gone!)