And girls, looking away from their jock boyfriends and saying "You just choose it on the screen and it plays!? There's hundreds of them, they're all on here?!"". It was like driving around a time machine from the future.
Nullsoft, the leading edge of the shockwave that turned geeky cool.
Frankel has programmed a Winamp plugin that blocks out the advertisements in AOL's AIM instant messaging program. The ad areas are currently used to advertise AOL features; install Frankel's plugin and they're replaced by plain white boxes. Start playing a tune in Winamp and the boxes turn into a graphical display that changes with the music.
Even better, Frankel released the software on a hidden page on a server belonging to Nullsoft, and thus to AOL. The description of the software made no mention of its AIM-modifying effects, though the name of the plugin is AIMazing.
I remember that I was already impressed he'd taken someone else's MP3 player, put a GUI in front of it, and sold it to AOL for hundreds of millions of dollars. But when I saw Nullsoft immediately release the AIM adblocker after being acquired by AOL, I knew they were truly amazing.
AOL's problem is that it's a corporation first, a product/service creating, maintaining and selling entity second. Oh sure, the execs may think they're "creating and maintaining" a product/service, but their mindset is "how do we make money out of X"; not "how can we provide the best X we can and make money out of it".
Once any entity defines its existence by finding means of validation for said existence rather than innovation and inspiration, it's doomed to mediocrity and, later, collapse.
Isn't its main problem today that it's a content farm operated by new-age antivax no-signal-to-noise peddler Arianna Huffington?
Of which I'm sure they were thinking how to make money off of first, not how the hell to increase quality afterwards. Kinda like what happened to Java after being inherited by Oracle when they bought Sun.
edit: Awesome, it does (if you switch to the winamp classic skin). Just need to find how to minimize it to the tray so it doesn't show in the taskbar and get switching between tracks with the mouse scroll wheel working.
Out of curiousity, what format did you use? I keep my files in FLAC format.
Probably because you never experienced them.
There are things "you feel the need for" (e.g water in a desert) and things you have to use for a while to say "fuck, how did I do without those?".
(Any player that fully supports Winamp plugins would be an adequate replacement, but I'm also happy with Winamp in general)
It also supports some other Amiga formats, you can find it at http://www.rift.dk/page.php?1
*edit: added link
P.S. Yes. It has been getting bloated, but people have been complaining about iTunes since day 1.
Also, yes, the bloat and the constant updates to support the bloat.
[EDIT] Others have covered bloat, install issues, and its updater.
It also installs multiple services even if you don't use the devices they are there for.
Apple tends to make crappy software for windows.
Well, one of the 30 million people still using Winamp.
(But personally, I use MOC: http://moc.daper.net/)
On Windows, it's Foobar2000 all the way.
edit: I'm using WinAmp for my MP3s, but I might take a look at foobar2000 as well
If you've bought a goose that lays golden eggs, why would you mess with it? Just collect the gold every day and shut up.
You'd think they'd learn to act like a shareholder and keep their hands off day-to-day operations, just stepping in to support the acquiree when its management asks for help that the parent's in a good position to provide, like expansion capital or coordinated marketing.
Of course, all of this is predicated on the acquisition's actually laying eggs consistently -- the parent corp needs to make it clear that they'll come in with a heavy hand of micromanagement, or disband the acquired business unit altogether, if its financial performance is bad enough.
All of what I've said so far only applies when the acquirer's primary target is the revenue the acquiree is generating; it doesn't necessarily apply to companies that are acquired for specific assets such as talent, branding, or technology.
WinAmp (and other media players) tend to be small on-screen; they are rarely full screen apps. They should play my music and get out of my way. System styles and UI are rarely designed for "small form" applications that need to pack a lot of features into a very small, non-descript space.
WinAmp's themes went above and beyond, of course, but those were at the user's discretion.
Winamp was one of the the better programs at integrating with the OS that I had know.
it had this thing called skins that made the player look whatever you wanted it to be, including the system look and feel, if you wished.
In fact , if you used a Windows OS theme, you will soon discover that Winamp native interface was much much better at what it did than Windows native(native Windows Media witch Winnamp outlook could emulate was atrocious and super bloated).
I never needed more from a mp3-player. I have a small streamrip plugin installed for years now. This is the only "special" feature in it.
For everything else, I use a different programm and it was never a problem.
On a sidenote - timely piece as AOL Music just shut its doors - http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/aol-music-shuttered-st...
Today, two media players I like in Windows is: MusicBee ( http://getmusicbee.com/ , quite fast last time I tried) and MediaMonkey (previous versions where good, current versions became bloated).
Its unfortunate the developers have never understood the concept of "less is more".
You can default it to a less is more interface.