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 Fast forward to the present day, and it has been superseded by a number of great music player programs.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
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 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
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).
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.