Bleeping Computer drew attention to an interesting project WACUP, which fixed bugs in the old school and nostalgic player Winamp. The Winamp Community Update Project (WACUP) is run by former Winamp developer Darren Owen.
In 2018, representatives of the Belgian company Radionomy Group, which has owned the legendary media player since 2014, promised that Winamp 6 would be released very soon and it would be something completely new.
It was expected that the updated media player will be able to combine audio from a variety of sources in one place, while significantly improved search functionality will play an important role in its work, and users will no longer have to switch from one player to another. They even talked about integration with Apple Music, Spotify, Google Music and other audio platforms.
Unfortunately, these plans never have been fulfilled, and the latest version of Winamp is still Winamp 5.8, dated 2018.
However, Darren Owen decided to fix it and relied on the fact that Winamp’s plugin system allows third-party developers to extend and change the program’s functionality.
In fact, when installing WACUP, a patched version of WinAMP 5.66 is installed, as well as useful project plugins.
WACUP Preview 18.104.22.16870 was released earlier this week. This release fixes a huge number of bugs and also introduces new features, including better integration with Windows 10, new playback options, and improved compatibility with streaming plugins.
Therefore, fans of old-school software can pamper themselves with a modern application with a late 1990s flair. The only concern is if any enthusiast would start reviving and fixing ICQ to compete with current messengers or Clubhouse.
Let me remind you that the Clubhouse user dialogs leaked to a third-party site.