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 Fast forward to the present day, and it has been superseded by a number of great music player programs.

But even though the official website of Winamp (now owned by Belgian online radio aggregator Radionomy) states that “there’s more coming soon,” as of now, its stable downloadable version is more than two years old. So, if you rely on Winamp for your music needs, it’s time to start looking at some alternatives.

And this is the article that’s going to help you find the best Winamp alternatives out there. So what’s the wait? Get your music ready, and jump in!

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 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 version as well as a Paid version costs $24.95


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).


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


3. MusicBee

As en easy to use music player that also has some media management thrown into the mix, MusicBee makes a really good case for a reliable Winamp alternative. It 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.

Platform Availability: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP (Desktop)

Pricing: Free


4. Clementine

Totally free and open-source, Clementine is loaded up with everything you’d want in a music player software, and then some more. It not only lets you effortlessly play (and manage) your local music library, but also listen to Internet radio from diverse sources, such as Spotify and Jamendo. In addition, there’s support for smart and dynamic playlists, and the application can automatically fetch missing tag information from the MusicBrainz database as well.


You can also search & download podcasts and check lyrics and artist bio. Oh, and did we mention that Clementine can search and play songs stored in cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive? There’s just one thing, Clementine has not been updated in the last two years, which is a little bit of a bummer.

Platform Availability: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux (Desktop); Android (Mobile, as Clementine Remote app)

Price: Free



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)

Price: Free


Worthy Mentions

  • Windows Media Player: If you don’t want to use a third-party software, Windows’ native media player can be a decent Winamp alternative. And while it’s true that Windows Media Player lacks features like advanced codec support for audio formats, it’s more than enough for basic usage.
  • VLC Media Player: There’s hardly any audio (or video) format in existence that VLC Media Player can’t handle. If you don’t care about things like advanced library management, skinning support etc., the best video player will work as a perfect Winamp alternative for your needs.

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 comes back, 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.


  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!

  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!)