Get new features and bug fixes for your patched Winamp 5.666 release from those who care about keeping Winamp alive and whippin' via new & replacement plug-ins.
WACUP (which can be pronounced as wakeup or wac-up or however you prefer it in your native tongue) is currently under development and is being designed to work only with the patched Winamp 5.666 release as a way to provide bug fixes for it (via live code patching) as well as updates for existing features and most importantly new features for Winamp.
WACUP consists of new plug-ins to add additional features to Winamp as well as replacement plug-ins to provide better implementations of some of the plug-ins natively included with Winamp (which is one of the benefits of Winamp being heavily based on a plug-in system).
There is also a loader program which is used to then load the original Winamp program file and which allows for some of the more complex new features to be added (as some older external tools for working with Winamp have done).
If none of that makes sense, one way to think about WACUP is that it is like a video game mod where you use the original game but then files related to it are added to or edited as required in-order to provide a better experience.
At this time there is no download publically available for WACUP as it is still under development and the specifics of how the pack will work and integrate into Winamp are still being worked out. In the meanwhile I can only suggest ensuring you're using the patched Winamp 5.666 release and if you want to help with beta testing see below.
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 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 will be some additional methods for helping to support this project that will be coming shortly once the details are fully sorted out.
Before WACUP is publcially released, it is planned to have a number of beta releases to ensure that things work correctly and do not cause any issues (especially with any of the new plug-ins being used to replace the native Winamp plug-ins).
To be considered for helping test the beta releases, please create an account on the community forum and follow the instructions provided in the accout registration email.
Note: Windows 7 and Windows 10 users would be the most helpful. Windows 8.x isn't something I'm too keen on testing against as Windows 10 pretty much is the route to go. Also Windows XP is not going to be supported despite Winamp being able to run on it due to the end of life of that version of Windows and the extra overhead supporting it introduces on development time.
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.
Windows 7 is the minimum version of Windows supported as despite the patched Winamp 5.666 release being able to work on Windows XP, due to the end of life of Windows XP and no real interest shown to test versions of WACUP on it, there's no point in my wasting time on such an old operating system. Plus I suspect that the people who are still using Windows XP are most likely to be running older versions of Winamp so would not consider what I'm trying to achieve with WACUP.
A processor (CPU) which has SSE2 support will be required as even though most of the code created for WACUP will not be able to benefit from this processor feature, for certain aspects it will and that is why it's considered a requirement.
I can be reached via email and I'm also on Twitter along with a Facebook page for those into that sort of thing. Additionally you can get involved at the community forum or leave comments on the blog. 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 14 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.