Audio Software Players Winamp 5 Lite

Winamp 5 Lite 5.6.6.6.3516 for Windows

by Nullsoft

Avg. Rating 4.0 (340 votes)

File Details

File Size 4.0 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows 2000/Me/Server 2003/Vista/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 163,816
Publisher Nullsoft
Homepage Winamp 5
Other Versions

Publisher's Description

Nullsoft Winamp is a fast, flexible, high-fidelity media player for Windows. Winamp supports playback of many audio (MP3, OGG, AAC, WAV, MOD, XM, S3M, IT, MIDI, etc.) and video types (AVI, ASF, MPEG, NSV), custom appearances called skins (supporting both classic Winamp 1.x/2.x skins and Winamp 3 freeform skins), audio visualization and audio effect plug-ins (including two industry dominating visualization plug-ins), an advanced media library, Internet radio and TV support, CD ripping, and CD burning.

The Lite version Plays MP3s, AAC, WMA, and more; Compatible with Winamp 2 Plug-ins; and has Full Support for Classic Skins.

Latest Reviews

Sven123456789

Sven123456789 reviewed v5.6.6.6.3516 on Oct 12, 2016

Still the best music player

mikebray

mikebray reviewed v5.6.6.6.3516 on Mar 12, 2014

FatBastard

FatBastard reviewed v5.63 Build 3235 on Jul 3, 2012

I love winamp. I've been using it for more than a decade now.

roj

roj reviewed v5.63 Build 3234 on Jun 21, 2012

Old, outdated, way past its "Best Before " date.

If you really don't care about what your music sounds like (which is the vast majority of users - I get that) then this is for you.

If you do care, there's Foobar2000, XMPlay and AIMP - all are well designed and coded, more full-featured regarding audio quality and MUCH lighter.

Also they don't feature crapware.

@Music4Ever:

Now i understand your nym, given your setup. On Linux give DeadbeeF a try. I did Audacious and it was OK until I tried DeadbeeF. IMNSHO, that's Foobar on Linux.

TWO stars for mediocrity at its finest.

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v5.63 Build 3234 on Jun 21, 2012

There is a fairly large difference between players based on sound quality alone: I use an good separate outboard DAC with a decent amplifier & speakers with reasonable quality interconnects & AIMP beats Winamp into the weeds no contest.

I use .flac encoded music some of the time now & AIMP plays that great ~ If you are using a built in sound chip & or cheap sound card & or plastic speakers you probably wont notice the difference but also wont know what's on the audio you play either ~

AIMP does not have any associated junk-Ware supplied with it as does Winamp so you don't need to go to the effort of slimming it down. The are other audio players that are better than Winamp on sound quality perhaps most of them actually ~

You can do far, far better than this ~

In Linux Audacious does a pretty good job ~

(true media program neophytes ~ Someone who is willing to pay a small amount to at least have some idea what the original recording sounded like, not really an obsession is it?)

EDIT: @ roj - I'll give DeadbeeF a try tomorrow in Linux, thanks for the tip :-)

EDIT 2 @ roj - Major increase in detail etc. with DeadbeeF, I was always a little dissatisfied with music on Linux, that's now sorted - Thanks :-)

war593122

war593122 reviewed v5.601 on Dec 7, 2010

Note lite enough.

psycros

psycros reviewed v5.59 Build 3033 Beta on Nov 14, 2010

Winamp has been and continues to be the finest audio player for Windows. With the addition of a codec pack such as K-lite it also becomes a very good video player (though Media Player Classic is at least as good and lighter). Its innumerable skins and plugins along with broad support for mobile devices keep Winamp current and capable. Freshly installed it handles more audio formats than anything I know of and enough video types to handle most people's needs. Smart tags, Replaygain support and other advanced features are in good supply and for most folks Winamp is all the media manager you could want.

Winamp is a pretty solid app, although in recent years its become more freeze-prone than it really should be and there are a few annoying bugs that have been present since 5.x first hit the scene. The revolving door of bloatware AOL keeps trying to foist upon users is also annoying but Winamp still manages to be one of smallest installs among full-featured media players. Fortunately the junkware is optional, but for those who long for pure speed and simplicity the classic 2.91 version still works just fine (and there's always the "lite" version of the latest release, too). If Winamp has an Achilles heel its probably overall user-friendliness. It doesn't hold your hand quite as much as other programs, esp. with certain advanced features, but only people who are true media program neophytes should have any real problems. If you can figure out WMP, you can probably handle Winamp.

Winamp is simply the standard by which others are judged. Nothing else combines this many features with such broad media support. I'm not a true mediaphile so I can't really speak to Winamp's sound and video reproduction, but its more than sufficient for anyone I know. I can't tell the difference between a CD and an AAC ripped from it. The bottom line is that I could not replace Winamp, and anything that could probably wouldn't be available for free. I believe the registered version unlocks some higher level ripping and encoding options but there ARE very good (and friendlier) programs for that kind of thing. Ironically I'm a registered Winamp user since 1997, but am still waiting on my registration code. A strike against customer service, perhaps.

sehnbadt

sehnbadt reviewed v5.572 on Jan 15, 2010

This player is the best for mp3's. I prefer the Modern skin over the new Bento one. I've been using this player for the last 10 years and it has always been stable and reliable. I love to listen to my music with the visualization running using the MilkDrop plugin. When I install a new version I always uncheck all the stuff that's running in the background like Winamp Remote, Winamp Agent, Winamp Toolbar and the Winamp Search Engine. I don't use this player for playing videos.

Darkman00

Darkman00 reviewed v5.571 Build 2810 on Dec 23, 2009

OK.. unlike the previous version / build this new one (Winamp 5 Lite 5.571 Build 2810) .. - installed OK.. - no problem!

Darkman00

Darkman00 reviewed v5.57 on Dec 17, 2009

I guess this one is "non beta" .. and previous version was beta...

tried to install this one .. but at the end of installation it didn't want to start for some reason...
so for now, i went back to the previous version - winamp557_2765_beta_lite_en-us .. - and no problem.. - after the install it started OK :)

Avg. Rating 4.0 (340 votes)
Your Rating
Sven123456789

Sven123456789 reviewed v5.6.6.6.3516 on Oct 12, 2016

Still the best music player

mikebray

mikebray reviewed v5.6.6.6.3516 on Mar 12, 2014

FatBastard

FatBastard reviewed v5.63 Build 3235 on Jul 3, 2012

I love winamp. I've been using it for more than a decade now.

roj

roj reviewed v5.63 Build 3234 on Jun 21, 2012

Old, outdated, way past its "Best Before " date.

If you really don't care about what your music sounds like (which is the vast majority of users - I get that) then this is for you.

If you do care, there's Foobar2000, XMPlay and AIMP - all are well designed and coded, more full-featured regarding audio quality and MUCH lighter.

Also they don't feature crapware.

@Music4Ever:

Now i understand your nym, given your setup. On Linux give DeadbeeF a try. I did Audacious and it was OK until I tried DeadbeeF. IMNSHO, that's Foobar on Linux.

TWO stars for mediocrity at its finest.

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v5.63 Build 3234 on Jun 21, 2012

There is a fairly large difference between players based on sound quality alone: I use an good separate outboard DAC with a decent amplifier & speakers with reasonable quality interconnects & AIMP beats Winamp into the weeds no contest.

I use .flac encoded music some of the time now & AIMP plays that great ~ If you are using a built in sound chip & or cheap sound card & or plastic speakers you probably wont notice the difference but also wont know what's on the audio you play either ~

AIMP does not have any associated junk-Ware supplied with it as does Winamp so you don't need to go to the effort of slimming it down. The are other audio players that are better than Winamp on sound quality perhaps most of them actually ~

You can do far, far better than this ~

In Linux Audacious does a pretty good job ~

(true media program neophytes ~ Someone who is willing to pay a small amount to at least have some idea what the original recording sounded like, not really an obsession is it?)

EDIT: @ roj - I'll give DeadbeeF a try tomorrow in Linux, thanks for the tip :-)

EDIT 2 @ roj - Major increase in detail etc. with DeadbeeF, I was always a little dissatisfied with music on Linux, that's now sorted - Thanks :-)

war593122

war593122 reviewed v5.601 on Dec 7, 2010

Note lite enough.

psycros

psycros reviewed v5.59 Build 3033 Beta on Nov 14, 2010

Winamp has been and continues to be the finest audio player for Windows. With the addition of a codec pack such as K-lite it also becomes a very good video player (though Media Player Classic is at least as good and lighter). Its innumerable skins and plugins along with broad support for mobile devices keep Winamp current and capable. Freshly installed it handles more audio formats than anything I know of and enough video types to handle most people's needs. Smart tags, Replaygain support and other advanced features are in good supply and for most folks Winamp is all the media manager you could want.

Winamp is a pretty solid app, although in recent years its become more freeze-prone than it really should be and there are a few annoying bugs that have been present since 5.x first hit the scene. The revolving door of bloatware AOL keeps trying to foist upon users is also annoying but Winamp still manages to be one of smallest installs among full-featured media players. Fortunately the junkware is optional, but for those who long for pure speed and simplicity the classic 2.91 version still works just fine (and there's always the "lite" version of the latest release, too). If Winamp has an Achilles heel its probably overall user-friendliness. It doesn't hold your hand quite as much as other programs, esp. with certain advanced features, but only people who are true media program neophytes should have any real problems. If you can figure out WMP, you can probably handle Winamp.

Winamp is simply the standard by which others are judged. Nothing else combines this many features with such broad media support. I'm not a true mediaphile so I can't really speak to Winamp's sound and video reproduction, but its more than sufficient for anyone I know. I can't tell the difference between a CD and an AAC ripped from it. The bottom line is that I could not replace Winamp, and anything that could probably wouldn't be available for free. I believe the registered version unlocks some higher level ripping and encoding options but there ARE very good (and friendlier) programs for that kind of thing. Ironically I'm a registered Winamp user since 1997, but am still waiting on my registration code. A strike against customer service, perhaps.

sehnbadt

sehnbadt reviewed v5.572 on Jan 15, 2010

This player is the best for mp3's. I prefer the Modern skin over the new Bento one. I've been using this player for the last 10 years and it has always been stable and reliable. I love to listen to my music with the visualization running using the MilkDrop plugin. When I install a new version I always uncheck all the stuff that's running in the background like Winamp Remote, Winamp Agent, Winamp Toolbar and the Winamp Search Engine. I don't use this player for playing videos.

Darkman00

Darkman00 reviewed v5.571 Build 2810 on Dec 23, 2009

OK.. unlike the previous version / build this new one (Winamp 5 Lite 5.571 Build 2810) .. - installed OK.. - no problem!

Darkman00

Darkman00 reviewed v5.57 on Dec 17, 2009

I guess this one is "non beta" .. and previous version was beta...

tried to install this one .. but at the end of installation it didn't want to start for some reason...
so for now, i went back to the previous version - winamp557_2765_beta_lite_en-us .. - and no problem.. - after the install it started OK :)

Virtual_ManPL

Virtual_ManPL reviewed v5.57 Build 2765 Beta on Dec 14, 2009

Too bloatware...
They simply choose wrong direction... video player ?

but still 3/5 for many plugins and of course for many awesome skins...

webgames

webgames reviewed v5.56 Build 2512 on Nov 6, 2009

I actually don't like Winamp 5, the previous versions vas mach better and simpler to use.

ekek

ekek reviewed v5.552 Build 2460 on May 31, 2009

For me it is the best audio player so far.It is stable.

jimbob

jimbob reviewed v5.552 Build 2460 on May 8, 2009

WinAmp is a festering steaming pile of doggie doo, we used to use it @ home to sync our iPods, purely for the fact that it wasn't iTunes, but I can't think that we ever actually got it to play any content, it just crackles with static like it sounds when you get buffer underruns. I was never that intersted in actually getting it to play anything, it was just a means to an end for us, I am not that anal about media players I usualy use media player classic. But 1 day I thought right I am going to get this thing to play, I searched on-line fiddled with output plugins buffer ETC, but it was still the same, and oh yes it crashes all the time, it does look nice though. And I am talking about the full 5.5 not the beta.

jcunews

jcunews reviewed v5.552 on Apr 23, 2009

It's true that Winamp is bloated even for its Lite version. It was a very good AUDIO player. Now it's more like a media suite with usseless visualization, video support, media manager, CD ripper, and all the remaining craps.

But one thing I consider it irreplaceable is that its capability as an audio player and with all of thoe various audio format plugins.

Two tips for those who want to make Winamp loads faster and uses much less memory:

- Use the Lite version of Winamp.

- Use only classic skin.

- Move all unused & rarely plugin DLL files OUT of the plugins folder and into a separate folder. e.g. "Disabled Plugins".

IMO, there should have been an "Audio Edition" of Winamp Lite where it serves as an audio-only player like the old Winamp. Of course, without the CD ripper and visualization crap.

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