A Winamp 5.666 based plug-in pack that's gradually evolving to become its own player for those wanting a supported 'classic' Winamp-like experience. The latest available preview build is #7236 (March 11th 2021) and the limited beta is build #11906 (June 10th 2022) (x86 & x64 changelogs).
WACUP (which can be pronounced as wakeup or wac-up or however you prefer it in your native tongue) is designed to work only with the patched Winamp 5.666 release to provide bug fixes, updates of existing features and most importantly new features with the goal to eventually become it's own highly Winamp compatible media player.
WACUP makes use of the benefits of Winamp being heavily based on a plug-in system so new plug-ins can add additional features as well as allowing replacements to be created which provide better implementations over the plug-ins natively included with Winamp.
If none of that makes sense, a good way to think about WACUP is that it is like a video game mod where you initially use the original game but then files related to it are added to or edited in-order to provide a better experience.
WACUP is still under development but a fully functioning Preview build can be downloaded here. As this is pre-release software there can be issues which can be reported in the preview discussion forum. We recommend installing this WACUP Preview build into a seperate directory from your existing Winamp install until it is feature complete.
Yes WACUP will be free to download and to use.
However as this is an independent project to do something to keep Winamp alive and whippin' as well as due to the amount of time and effort which is involved, I am accepting donations (and other means of support) to help cover my living costs whilst I'm working on getting this developed and released. As at this time, this is a full-time project for me whilst I see where the future will take me and this project.
There are additional methods for helping to support this project be it financially or otherwise.
The intention of becoming a WACUP beta tester is to help ensure WACUP is ready for a wider audience as part of the preview & eventual non-preview releases. As such being accepted as a beta tester is not guaranteed due to being a single developer & needing to manage the size of the group so it's not too much.
Beta testing also means that you're going to be experiencing broken builds & other annoyances so only if you're ok with such things should you even consider making the request to be a beta tester. If this is just a case of FOMO or thinking it's something magical then being a WACUP beta tester is not for you.
To be considered for helping test the beta releases, please create an account on the community forum and send a PM to 'dro' along with any information you think is helpful.
Please Note: Requests to be a beta tester are not guaranteed to be accepted & not following instructions will very likely cause the request to be dismissed. If you can't follow instructions beforehand then how can you be expected to do so if given access & when being asked for information &/or to follow additional steps to resolve issues - it's all to help me & I've had too many waste my time already so I will be keeping things limited & is why the Preview build exists.
There are also the build specific changelogs which are freely provided for all to see what has changed in the beta and public releases.
Additionally there is a development changelog that is being updated when features / fixes are completed and is provided as a means to see what is going to present in the next (or rather first) non-beta release.
It's not hard to get in contact in some form :)
There's email (for things that aren't needing a speedy reply). I'm also on Twitter along with the Facebook / Reddit pages and a Discord server for those into that sort of thing. You can also get involved at the forum or leave comments on the blog (as long as you're not a spammer!
So there's a plethora of ways to keep up-to-date on things from me as well as to get in contact if you want to :)
This is a sister site of winampplugins.co.uk which albeit a bit broken and needing some updating shows off a lot of the plug-ins that I've worked on over the years.
I have over 18 years experience with Winamp plug-ins as well as having worked on Winamp natively on / off since 2007 until the last AOL release, I'm now back to being a 3rd party developer (coding without the corporate BS) and hope to do some of the things I used to do with Winamp to try to do something to keep it alive when it's current owners don't appear to care. I also worked on SHOUTcast since late 2010 until mid-September 2015.
The site icon and header logo you can see at the top of this page (along with others that will be used when WACUP is released) was very kindly made by Victhor. He's also made / updated a number of Winamp skins so please do check out his other work.