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WebAmp: WinAmp 2 in Your Browser (webamp.org)
139 points by ArtWomb on July 21, 2018 | hide | past | favorite | 41 comments

Previous discussion from 5 months ago: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=16333550 (208 comments)

The biggest change since then is the addition of MilkDrop emulation with butterchurn: https://butterchurnviz.com/ and https://github.com/jberg/butterchurn

Ah the nostalgia!

I'd love an Android app that is just the main WinAmp window in portrait mode on my phone, and has the same basic features (simple MP3 player basically, maybe try add support for podcasts and some streaming music). It'd be so perfect for my car. WinAmp for car audio, Google Maps for mapping. I know it's purely for the nostalgia kick and the stock audio players work fine, but... WinAmp!

Do many apps have support for custom skins? I've never heard of any of them doing that, but it seems like it would be an awesome feature to be able to customize the UI.

If someone made a music player app that could use existing Winamp skins that would be really cool. If nothing else you've get a lot of nostalgia installs. Also, do sites like Spotify and Pandora have APIs that allow other apps to integrate with their service? If you could integrate the Winamp playlist with different streaming services you would have a cool and useful music player. I don't even buy apps, but I would probably pay a couple bucks for something like that.

By skin do you mean purely colors or also positioning of items? I have a really hard time imagining now that would work for iOS/Android apps in terms of implementation. Colors are easy because you just pull then from a styles file but you'd need a really good abstraction for custom views

Audacious is a great music player that has support for Winamp 2 skins. I use it all the time to stream online radio stations. It's so nice to use a music player thats not trying to be iTunes.

This really whips the llama's ass.

Here’s the reference: https://youtu.be/HaF-nRS_CWM

It's right there in the webamp, as the first item in the playlist.

I am very happy to report that the classic top bar easter egg[1] was reproduced in webamp.

[1]: http://forums.shoutcast.com/showthread.php?t=72571

I wasn’t sure anyone would notice :)

If you'd like to download the compilation (good songs, depending on taste), you can get it here:


When I minimized the "components" and put them side-by-side, I immediately had a flashback to high school LAN parties. Almost everyone had this sitting above their taskbar in always on-top mode.

Please make this an Electron app. I would use this all the time.

Also it needs the equalizer presets. "Rock" was my favorite.

Wouldn't running actual Winamp 2 be much better? It works with wine so you can run it in Linux and I guess if you needed support for newer formats a plugin can be made for them.

Agreed on running the real thing rather than a web version, but under Linux qmmp looks close enough to bring some memories as well and doesn't need wine. http://qmmp.ylsoftware.com/

Audacious too.The default skin is a windowed UI but it can be changed to WinAmp skin.

The Mac OSX v1.5 (Aqua) skin is its own share of nostalgia.

Forget about WebAmp, let's talk about the killer play list that has been prepopulated!

The last time I used WinAmp it had a memory leak of about 4K/sec on windows.

You could look at the task on windows and see it grow slowly over time.

I'm curious if this version still has this leak.

It's a new implementation, not a port.

I'm wondering if even Atwood knew how right he'd be.

dang!! what a blast from the past. I miss winamp.

Miss it? I still run it. You can have my WinAmp when you pry it from my cold, dead hard drive.

Same. Runs as fine on Windows 10 as it did on Windows 98 20 years ago.

Just because it didn't get a new release in years doesn't mean it's somehow got worse.

Some software just works.

Just FYI, there are a few known security vulnerabilities: https://www.cvedetails.com/vulnerability-list/vendor_id-7545...

Thanks. They are all related to using Winamp to play rather obscure formats (Flash video and Univox streams - I had to look up the latter - and mp4 in a RAR when the user does something).

In short, none related to how people use Winamp: to play music files and streams.

Agree. I used to use WinAmp on my Windows 95. (and later 98) IBM Aptiva. Still the best music player hands down.

Be sure to try QMMP if you haven't already. It's an actively-developed WinAmp clone. I found that I still like manual m3u playlist management better than the dynamic or db-driven stuff.


Ironically, "Add URL" is the only feature that doesn't work...

This is due to cross origin restrictions enforced by the browser. It’s a bummer!

This inspired me to create this comic: https://comic.browserling.com/13

I tried to get this to build so hard 6 months or so ago whenever it first came on hacker news, but no luck at all!

Would you file an issue? I’d be curious to know what’s not working. I’d love to try to help. Documentation has improved a bit since then.

The milkdrop is running better in the browser than it used to natively run in my old desktop.

The MilkDrop port is a separate project which we’ve work together to integrate into Webamp. Check it out here: https://github.com/jberg/butterchurn

It has the xmms skin, love it.

Would be awesome if it stored your skin preference in local storage.

We have an open issue for storing your state in local storage. Just haven’t gotten to it yet.


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