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Winamp is not going open source. Here’s what it is doing – and why

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If you were a teenager in 2000, chances are you used Winamp to listen to MP3 music tracks you found on Napster or ripped from your CDs. Today you probably listen to your songs on Spotify Or Apple Music. But Winamp wants to make a comeback, moving from nostalgic favorite to your music player for 2024. One way they plan to do this is by opening the app’s source code to developers on September 24, 2024.

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Winamp is not open source its code. While this misconception circulates, it is important to set the record straight. The current owner, Llama Group, has plans for the app that are not open source compatible.

Instead, as Winamp CEO Alexandre Saboundjian said, “Winamp will remain the owner of the software and will decide what innovations are made in the official version.” The open source version is called FreeLLama.

Although Winamp has not yet indicated what license it will use for this next release, it cannot be open source with this level of corporate control.

why do they do it? The company wants “developers around the world to bring their expertise, ideas, and passion to help this iconic software evolve.” Good luck with that. If you are interested in contributing to Winamp, potential developers can sign up here.

This new code will only concern Windows versions. The Mac, Android and iOS editions will remain entirely proprietary.

In the meantime, Winamp is putting the finishing touches on a new version of its software. When the next version comes out on July 1, it will integrate a platform for artists or labels to find new ways to monetize their music and more cleanly integrate streaming.

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All this is a far cry from the program created by Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev in 1997. WinAmp then became a success, thanks to its lightweight design and customization via skins and plugins. WinAmp reached its peak in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Although it’s no longer present on every Windows PC on the planet – as it seemed to be back then – it still remains a cult favorite. If Winamp succeeds in updating its software and business plans, it could yet regain a place on today’s computers.

News Source : www.zdnet.com
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