Oct 26, 2010
When I heard the news about Winamp (beta) launching for Android I thought to myself: “Winamp, why does that name sound familiar?” I forgot all about this old school (if you consider late 90’s old) media player and now I see that it’s still around. Although I only tinkered with it back then and never really made it my default media player, I still feel a little nostalgic while writing this.
Winamp has decided to create what they call “The Ultimate Media Player” for Android devices (Android 2.1 and above). They have released the beta version for free and it is available for download via the Android Market. If you’ve been looking to replace the stock media player or have been a Winamp devotee for all these years then you may want to check this out:
Mobilize Your Library:
A complete Android media management solution, that seamlessly syncs with your Winamp desktop library (USB or Wi-Fi).
Wireless Desktop Sync:
No need to tie your Android phone down. Enable Wi-Fi sync and leave your cable behind (Winamp 5.59 beta required).
Persistent Player Controls:
Quickly pause, change tracks, manage your play queue, see what’s playing and access the Winamp home screen.
Play Queue Management:
The play queue is a temporary track listing that allows you to easily select and sort tracks. And if you like, save it as a playlist.
Widget Players & Shortcuts:
Add playlist shortcuts and the widget player to the Android home screen. As well as enable playback control from the lock-screen.
Displays song info, album art and more. Press and hold on the song info to interact with other apps like Pandora, YouTube and the Amazon MP3 Store.
Supports scrobbling with the Last.fm app installed (on your Android device). Capturing all of your mobile listening history in real time.
The features that stand out are the ability to sync your music via Wi-Fi, scrobbling, and lock-screen playback. While this is a beta version and will most definitely have its problems, I have to admit it’s not that bad. The only things I have to complain about are the severe lack of album art (over half of my albums are missing the album art), and the lack of gapless playback. I would also like to see additional widget sizes (current one is a little too big for me). One other thing to mention is the fact that Winamp for the desktop is only available for Windows operating systems. This means a lot of people aren’t going to be able to take advantage of the wireless syncing.