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Winamp 5?

So I finally decided to give Winamp a shot again today. But I installed my old copy of 2.91 that I downloaded a while back but never installed. Was pleased to see it has a library, and so it got me curious if there might be any plug-ins available for the autoplaylists, or multi-file ID3 editing like I've been enjoying in WMP9 for the past year+

What I found on Winamps site is the newly released version 5.03. wtf?

So I'm downloading it now. My question is, anyone used it? Is it any good? Is it at least less of a resource hog than version 3 was? (That was the reason I stopped used Winamp, version 3 opened/closed, and queued up songs as sluggishly as WMP7 ... where as WMP9 was much faster and was comparable to Winamp 2.x in speed/resource usage, and had the nice features of autoplaylists, and multi-file ID3 tag editing which tipped the scales towards my moving to WMP9, instead of sticking with Winamp 2.x)

If they fixed the resource usage problems with 3, so that 5 is more like 2 in that area ... I might just be converted back into the fold...

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-29-2004, 09:45 PM
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i use it and its alot better than the 3 was

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I do believe I've been converted back

So far it seems to be like 2, but with a better media library. Still no autoplaylists, but it does have something of multi-file ID3 editing ... time to start browsing the plugins.

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I hated the 3rd version, I had to downgrade back to the old one. But this one seems to be alot better

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After spending the past few hours searching for an "autoplaylist" type plug in ... I finally start browsing the Winamp forums. I search the Wishlist forum, and find out ... instead of calling them "auto-playlists" or whatever... they went with "Views"

So you just do "Media Library > Add New View..." and start entering your parameters.

That settles it I'm back to using Winamp again.

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I'm still using version 3. I hate it. Major resource hog. I can't believe i've put up with it this long...yes I can...I just upgraded to win2k last week
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I started using it again on a windows box! I like it better than any of the old ones.. I was quite impressed.. i never like v1,2, or 3. 5 is nice
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I won't ever use a version higher than 2.95. Anything above is very shitty.

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Normally I'd agree with you on that... which is why I'd downloaded 2.91 to use, but when I saw 5 I figured I'd give 'em another chance. My original purpose was to use 2.91 until I could get on one of my friends broadband connections, and upgrade my WMP8 to WMP10 ... but now I don't see a need to upgrade WMP, other than to play the new video codecs. I gotta say I'm damned impressed with Winamp 5.

It's only using ~7meg of memory, and almost no CPU load (1% or less) with it running.

Version 3 would constantly use over 20megs of memory, I think at one point I saw it using 28megs, and about 10 - 15% cpu load. Oh yeah, and about 8 out of 10 times, the application "studio.exe" wouldn't remove itself from memory when I'd exit ver. 3, so it'd just sit there taking up resources.

By contrast 2.91 was using ~6meg of memory, and about 1% or less cpu load. I think the extra meg of mem usage has to do with the "modern" skinning. If I really needed it running as good as 2.91 I could switch it back to the classic skinning, and it would drop back down to ~6meg. But I kinda like the newer look ... it's clean. I don't bother with "theme" skins, just the default.

Basically what they did with ver. 5 is combine 2 and 3's skinning methods, as well as fixed all the major problems with 3 (such as the resource usage issues), and they're back to using "winamp.exe" instead of "studio.exe".

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winamp 5 is way better
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Just upgraded to 5. Can't belive I waited this long to get rid of 3. 3 sucked.
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Has anyone configured it for the keyboard controls? I have a wireless Logitech with all the play/stop/next/etc buttons and WMP automatically is using them, WinAmp is not. This is a HTPC I'm playing from so I don't have the display on 90% of the time and I need to setup this when I have time to look into it. If anyone knows how to do this, please tell.
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-14-2004, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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If you can configure the keys, all you should have to do is change them to Winamp's keyboard shortcuts.

I need to see if ATI's got a Winamp 5 plugin for my remote wonder. The 2.x plug-in isn't working for some reason (even though the keyboard shortcuts are the same :/)

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