So what now….?

That is a very good question since as we’ve seen so far, not much is going on with Winamp and the chances seem to be fading as time goes on. I release that there have been some posts / media about things to come but even I’m not convinced especially after having talked to others over the last few weeks about things.


In retrospect, Winamp and SHOUTcast would have been better off being split-up instead of having to be sold together as it hasn’t worked too well (as was always likely going to be the way with two aspects involved).


So what now….?

Historically one of the things that helped Winamp was it’s plug-in system. It wasn’t the greatest (especially when viewed with modern eyes) but it allowed for so many things when people were interested in expanding Winamp. Over time that dwindled but Winamp was still fundamentally built around plug-ins so you could install just what was wanted or uninstall aspects you didn’t like.


As such and after thinking about things for the last few weeks, I think it’s time for me to start doing Winamp plug-ins again (something that had stopped around the time of Winamp being sold as any time was spent on working on Winamp itself).

But why do this…? With plug-ins it’s still possible to expand on and correct a number of things that I’m still not keen on with how Winamp currently works and as an independent developer, I won’t have to deal with the corporate BS that can arise :o)


So what I’m hoping to do over the next few weeks is to pick something from a few ideas I’ve got as well as trying to get back into the flow of doing Winamp plug-ins (as I’ve a number of mine that need to be re-validated before returning them to availability).

How to fund doing this I’m not sure yet (I’m not employed at this time - so time is available, income is an issue) so I’ll have to look into options for that (possibly via Patreon or something like that…) as the sad truth is my plug-ins never brought in much for the time and effort that went into them (as was the case with so many of the other plug-in developers over the years).


Important Note: I only intend to do plug-ins that will work with the patched 5.666 release. That makes it much easier for me since i’m only working with a known version, I won’t need to deal with API compatibility issues and as I don’t have much faith now in what (if anything) will be officially released, it’s better that I work against the last good Winamp version.

As anything done will require patched 5.666 release to be installed first before any of the possible plug-in ideas I’ve got in mind can be used.


So maybe this is a glimmer of something in all of the darkness.

-dro


Comments:

  1. If it was not bad enough that Winamp has been dragged through the mud and appears on the verge of extinction, after being sold again and again, but now you have locked away all the plugins and forums on Facebook. I’m going to be blunt and entirely honest. I would not dign ip for Facebook, if my life depended on it. While the young generation may not care of their identity is stolen on Facebook, I am a senior citizen, and I DO care. Facebook is nothing but a way for identity thefts to gather information, as well as the government, and criminals of all kinds. I want no part of Facebook whatsoever. In fact I’ve spent many hours filtering and blocking all access to facebook, since almost every website has Facebook links, it’s near impossible to stay away from Facebook, without considerable filtering. I have Facebook entirely blocked, and intend to keep it that way.

    I have used Winamp for many years, and absolutely love it. I have designed hundreds of AVS visuals and spend many hours doing this. I wont stop using it, even if it’s no longer supported, in fact it works perfectly on my computer which is still running Windows 98. I use my computer to be creative. Whether I’m making AVS, editing photos, doing other forms of art, I do it all using Windows 98. Unlike most persons today who spend half their time upgrading their computers to keep up with the “MS Jonses”, and waste the rest of their time reading worthless crap on Facebook. Computers were designed to be used for many things, not just to waste their lives on Facebook.

    Anyhow, I’m glad you people are continuing to enjoy Winamp, and glad there are still resources for it on the web. But I’m very disappointed that your website has “sold out” to “big brother Facebook”, which in my case is about the same as not having it at all.
    That’s all I wanted to say!

  2. George: This site is completely independent from Winamp and it’s current owners (as per the disclaimer at the bottom of every page). The Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/WinampEnthusiasts/) you’re referring to is also an independent group from Winamp (which was setup to not be reliant upon Winamp’s official forums (http://forums.winamp.com) due to a lack of trust and wanting to do something different from their direction of things.

    I can understand the points about dislike of Facebook, etc which other than in this reply, is not referenced on this site at this time (but I had been considering putting share links on the posts but not having a Facebook group setup solely for this, hence a blog with comments and the means to email me about things as needed).

    Also with this site, I’ve at no point got anything on it that implies it is official (hence the disclaimer to say it’s not) nor that it’s withholding plug-ins from those wanting to get them as I’m just not hosting plug-ins on here (as there’s plenty of other sites that do just that so it’s pointless for me at this time to duplicate that)..

    So this site and also this blog are about things that I’m personally trying to do to keep Winamp going with the lack of interest that it’s owners, etc have. Though if you are still using Windows 98 then sadly none of what I’m doing (or for that matter anything that came out from Winamp in the last decade or more) will make any difference to your Winamp usage as you’ll have to be using a Winamp version that massively pre-dates the version provided on this site and that I’m basing my own work on plug-ins and patching Winamp against said version.

    Hope that better clarifies things about this specific site and blog as an independent site from Winamp (i.e. it’s essentially a fan site).


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