The late ’90s media player Winamp will make a comeback in 2019, it has been reported.
Up until around the millennium, the platform was the go-to MP3 player for music fans. After being purchased by AOL in 1999, it rapidly began to fall behind new services such as the iTunes Music Store and streaming sites.
Although Winamp still operates today, it hasn’t been updated since 2013.
Now, TechCrunch reports that the app will return – confirming ‘substantial updates’ are in the works.
“There will be a completely new version next year, with the legacy of Winamp but a more complete listening experience,” said Alexandre Saboundjian, CEO of Radionomy (the company that bought Winamp in 2014).
“You can listen to the MP3s you may have at home, but also to the cloud, to podcasts, to streaming radio stations, to a playlist you perhaps have built.”
Adding that “people want one single experience” when it comes to consuming media, he added: “I think Winamp is the perfect player to bring that to everybody. And we want people to have it on every device.”
The new-look Winamp is set to launch on both desktop and mobile devices in 2019. No exact date has yet been announced.
Meanwhile, streaming giant Spotify recently tripled the number of songs that users can download for offline listening on one device. Users’ limit of 3333 tracks was increased to 10,000.
Last month, it was reported that Spotify can now generate playlists based on your DNA.