Software Update: Winamp 5 RC666

Anonymous: 31180 is the first to point out the release from Winamp 5 RC666. This release is freshly compiled and comes with six bug fixes compared to release candidate 10. Winamp 5 is an amalgamation of the best features of the 2.x and 3.x release: version 2.x is known for supporting plugins and its visualization tools, while 3.x is equipped with a better skin engine. RC666 is available as full version and if lite version† Below are the changes from RC10 and a summary of the main improvements and fixes since Winamp 2.x:

Winamp 5.0rc666 specific fixes:

  • fixed potential crash bug in ml
  • avs sscope updates, fixes
  • modern skins : fixed SHGetSpecialFolderPath on old OSes

Winamp 5.0rc11:

  • added colorthemes submenu to options menu
  • fixed AVS bugs, added new texer2 APE
  • fixed ML genre combo box low screenres bug

What’s new since Winamp 2.x:

  • Support for classic Winamp 1.x/2.x/2.9x skins and Winamp 3 (“Modern”) skins
  • Fancy new modern skin:
    • Integrated video, AVS, and Milkdrop support
    • Many built-in color themes
  • Same ol’ classic skin for people who want the Winamp 2 feel
  • Vastly more powerful media library:
    • Automatic background directory scanning options
    • Customizable views and columns, graphical view editor
    • Internet Radio (SHOUTcast) and TV listings
    • Context-sensitive item info viewer
  • CD ripping support ([email protected] in free version, MP3 at unlimited speeds in pro)
  • CD burning support (limited to 2x in free version)
  • Advanced title formatting logic for file types that support it
  • Huge AVS updates:
    • New effects, bundled some popular 3rd party APEs
    • A much better selection of default presets
    • Experimental SMP support
    • Full AVS preset subdirectory support
    • Extensions and optimizations to the AVS evaluation library
  • Support for playback of AAC and VP6 in NSV files/streams
  • Global hot key support
  • Options to disable plugin exception handling for developers
  • A ton of new plug-in API calls (SDK coming)
  • fixed changing-systray options while minimized bug
  • new winamp icon
  • added XP Manifest.xml to winamp.exe
  • made agent icon use configured winamp system tray icon
  • optimized winamp’s load titles on demand logic, made faster
  • made winamp’s internal submenu management more reliable
  • added skin font override preferences
  • added spacebar shows current playlist item in playlist editor
  • fixed manual playlist advance w/ repeat
  • made winamp’s open directory recurse checkbox nicer looking
  • big prefs overhaul to make steve happy
  • huge thanks to Amir Szekely and the rest of the NSIS developers for their help

[break]The forum has been discussing Winamp 5 for some time now. That topic can be found here.

Version numberRC666
Operating systemsWindows 9x, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Websitewinamp forums
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License typeFreeware