Winamp 5

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"And it came to me then that every plan is a tiny prayer to Father Time."
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Posted on February 01, 2004 1:32 PM in Computers
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I made the mistake yesterday of assuming Winamp 5 would run as smoothly on my old-school computer as Winamp 2.x does. Boy was I wrong. Turns out, the UI redrawing is painfully slow, and for some reason whenever the app starts up, it fails to bring the UI to the forefront of all my open applications. Nice!

It's rather unfortunate, because I really like the new default skin, and I can tell on a smoking fast system Winamp 5 would be quite nice. I just need to keep things in perspective, and realize that my Gateway G6-350 isn't the beast that it used to be ;) It has its moments though, afterall, I am still able to run Photoshop 6.0 without any trouble.

Rest assured though, I've successfully removed 5 and reinstalled 2.91, and I'm rockin' and rollin' again, listening to "Man in the Box" by Alice In Chains. I guess I should have known better than to trust any application that decides to skip a version just for the fun of it. However, I did like one of Winamp's excuses:

Who the hell wants to see a Winamp 4 Skin :P



Ryan McElroy (Arcanius) on February 01, 2004 at 11:46 PM:

I became pretty disenchanted with WinAmp when version 3 came out. In fact, I tried it briefly and went back to Winamp 2.8 I was so disgusted. What I liked about Winamp was how lightweight it was - it played music, worked with files as playlists, and could be controled from within any application or game with the nifty winamp control executables. Winamp 3, on the other hand, plays movies, has built-in library functions, and all sorts of other nastiness. I haven't even touched Winamp 5 (from reports like this, it sounds like I would find it revolting) - instead, I found foobar2000, a highly customizable, lightweight, music-only player. I fell in love, and haven't looked back since.


Ionut Chitu on October 23, 2005 at 11:43 AM:

You can use the classic 2.x skin even if you install Winamp 5. Also, if you want a lightweight Winamp try the Lite package (<1MB).


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