|Apart from its excellence as a player and its
stability, I like Winamp
2.x because of the availability of a huge variety
of plug-ins. My favorites for playback are discussed here.
While I'm thinking of it, if you ever have need of an older
Winamp, all old versions are available at Winamp
You can get plug-ins that will...
...and a whole bunch more. Spend some time browsing the plug-in
section at Winamp.com.
- Play formats other than MP3
- Convert back and forth from MP3<>WAV<>WMA<>etc.
- Record from line-in or CD
- Cross fade
- Provide a variety of visualizations
- Edit tags
- Maintain a database
- Allow you to use multiple DSP plug-ins
Two that I particularly want to mention are Winamp
Hotkeys and Reproduction
Control. Both of them let you do things with Winamp by using
keyboard hotkeys. By "things" I mean increase or decrease
the volume, play, stop, pause, next, previous...like that.
Why use them when Winamp has so many built in hotkeys? Because
the ones built in only work when Winamp is the active window.
Using these plug-ins, you can control Winamp even when it is
Why use them if you have a "multi-media" keyboard?
No reason...if your keyboard will control sound generated by
programs other than from audio CDs. Many (including mine) won't.
I use both plug-ins because neither by itself will control all
the things I want to do.
Another reason I like Winamp is that there are many skins for
it. A "skin" is a group of bitmaps and text files
that Winamp can use to change its appearance. Additionally,
it is easy to modify a skin - all you need is Paint and a text
editor. I like things clean and tidy and I hated the base skin
so this is the way mine wound up...