Winamp for Windows

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 5.80-build-3660
  • 4.1
  • (917)
  • Security Status
Dinkar Kamat
Dinkar KamatUpdated a year ago

Lightweight music media player

Through audio listening services such as Spotify and Apple Music, music has become a core part of our lives. In the 90s, Nullsoft launched WinAMP media player and it was one of the first programs to allow MP3 files to be clicked and dragged from a file-sharing network like Napster. WinAMP Lite was eventually released soon after. It has all WinAMP functionality compressed in a tiny format to be more lightweight and less resource-intensive.

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WinAMP Lite eliminates the need to play audio files on third-party apps. The program supports playback for various formats such as MPEG-1, MPEG, AVI, AAC, and WAV. You can download and burn audio files with your favorite artist's disks right on the player – definitely a helpful feature. It also supports iPods, USBs, PlaysForSure from Microsoft, and ActiveSync.

WinAMP Lite may not be as intelligent as a smartphone but it has semi-automated features to make your listening experience more personal. For starters, it can sync multimedia files to its Media Library database directly from your computer. With the Get Album Art tool, you can get the cover art of your favorite songs. The Media Display is also another useful function.

You can find here preloaded URLs to stream and download MP3 files. WinAMP Lite Remote, however, is the star element. Think of it as a prelude to casting equipment such as Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV. It enables remote replication - web, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, or a mobile phone - of any media file through the internet.

How do I install WinAMP skins?

Even in the early stages of MP3 growth, the aesthetic display of bitmap files led to the success of skins for Winamp. By the 2000s there were up to 3,000 WinAMP skins. On 1001Skins and Skinz, you can also download skins from other WinAMP Lite users. It was an innovative and immersive experience since the Skin screens change with the music you are playing.

WinAMP Lite has taken a backseat in music since its user base migrated to music streaming apps. One of the most popular and easiest to use being Spotify. It’s user-generated music on demand so you’ll get to hear the biggest artists as well as new and upcoming artists. It also included audio and video podcasts on the platform.

Winamp was a creative, all-inclusive, but a basic desktop player. Nullsoft was too focused on playing the file itself rather than making music easily accessible. It is not a bad program as it will thrive in a situation where a fixed set of songs are needed or your music files are available on your PC.

Create carefully crafted playlists 

WinAMP Lite supports numerous file formats and runs easily on almost all computers because the software is compact and simple. Have a look through the available plug-ins and you will also find that you can sync your iPod and manage its music library. WinAMP Lite may have been big in the 90s, but it isn't totally deserted. It is a complete, personalizable music player.

Winamp Lite is a small version of Winamp, it weighs less than one megabyte, that will essentially let you play audio files and use classic skins and plug-ins.

Great to fit onto your desktop and if you don't to use up to much hard drive space. However, if you want to enjoy the complete benefits of Winamp, you should install the Full version instead.


  • Intuitive, click-and-drag system
  • Download and burn files to a disc
  • Customize appearance with album art and skins
  • Play fixed playlist offline


  • Limited to storing songs in MP3 format

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Winamp for PC

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 5.80-build-3660
  • 4.1
  • (917)
  • Security Status

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