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neilcpp 08-16-2005 09:37 PM

Has Winamp been ported to Linux?
Every windows & Linux user must agree that 'Winamp' for windows is a killer application. The thing I especially like about it is the ability of the program to act like a radio tuner for online internet radio streams.

My question is has this amazing program yet been ported to Linux? If so, where can I download a copy please?


slackwarefan 08-16-2005 09:41 PM

Is there anything wrong with xmms?

tux gamer 08-16-2005 09:44 PM

First of all, I must agree that Winamp kicks major butt... lol And yes, Nullsoft has ported WinAmp to Linux, although it is still in the alpha stages. You can download it here:

Hope this helps!

-Tux Gamer

ironwalker 08-16-2005 10:16 PM

Xmms is a winamp clone in almost all aspects.
Want the gtk2.0 version ...use beep media player.
Both do shoutcast know...internet radio streams as you say.;)

slackwarefan 08-17-2005 03:44 PM

I don't see how winamp could be better than xmms. Really there almost exactly the same, except xmms is not made by nullsoft (AOL) and xmms is better supported.

Really I'd recommend going with xmms for the community support.

IsaacKuo 08-17-2005 03:59 PM

Re: Has Winamp been ported to Linux?

Originally posted by neilcpp
Every windows & Linux user must agree that 'Winamp' for windows is a killer application.
Speak for yourself! Most everyone I know hates Winamp version3 onwards as ugly inefficient bloatware. It's easily the most disposable corner of the computer's internal 3-way war between Windows Media Player, Quicktime, and WinAmp (4-way war if the user is braindead enough to install the media-player-which-must-not-be-named.) Isn't it bad enough having a two-way warzone inside your computer? Why bother with a third combatant?

rpz 08-17-2005 04:48 PM

I am also curious about why Winamp is such a killer app. A lot of people seem to like winamp and I really don't get it. I don't think it's that bad, just not better than the others. In Windows, i like iTunes for it's user inteface and DAAP support, but it's kind of bloated and takes a long time to startup, which usually means I end up playing music in Media Player Classic over a SAMBA share (does winamp even have DAAP support??). I also use this java applet: when I need DAAP.
But now this is not a Windows forum, so what is the best player for Linux? (I realize the question is subjective, I just want peoples opinions in order to make my own).

PeterRJG 08-17-2005 05:38 PM

Winamp is seen as the killer Windows jukebox app and the tool that all cool dudes must have, mainly as it supports skinning and was one of the first apps to do so. It's one of the few Windows apps that'll natively play .ogg AFAIK. I know Media Player Classic will as well, and that's one app that needs to be ported to Linux ASAP.

For the longest time I was a MusicMatch devotee until that became bloatware. Then I turned to Winamp. Sure, it won't rip without paying for the pro version but who cares? That's what Audiograbber is for :)

So, that's two apps that need native Linux versions: Winamp and Audiograbber. Yes, we have grip etc, but no Linux ripper I've used holds a candle to Audiograbber's ease-of-use and functionality.

Disagree if you will


rpz 08-17-2005 06:44 PM

Don't ever expect Media Player Classic to be ported to windows. It relies heavliy on Directshow and unless that is ported to linux, mpc never will. Besides, what's wrong with mplayer, vlc, totem, etc? IMO they are at least as good as mpc if not better.
And about ogg playback, what about foobar2000? That player will play most formats without extra plugins (of course it's quite ugly but I think skins exist). And if good looks is all that matters, itunes.
I've never used audiograbber, but I hardly believe it can beat nero at cd ripping (both features and ease of use), and nero is ported to linux (of course it costs too...).

PeterRJG 08-17-2005 07:32 PM

Nero does a whole lot more than what Audiograbber does, that's why I didn't mention it. It isn't only a CD ripper.

Anyhow, I'm not trying to convince anyone that a is better than b; I'm just giving my opinion.

rpz 08-17-2005 07:37 PM


Originally posted by Johnnycab
Nero does a whole lot more than what Audiograbber does, that's why I didn't mention it. It isn't only a CD ripper.

Anyhow, I'm not trying to convince anyone that a is better than b; I'm just giving my opinion.

Neither was I, I just meant that Nero exists for linux. I haven't tried it though, as my OEM license doesn't cover the linux version...

netsurf 12-06-2005 12:15 PM

i do love winamp but never really used it till i met it's clone xmms :D as i didn't know what winamp was.
if you would like the features that winamp currently offers here is what i use as its normal replacement:
xmms (ofcourse)
winamp classic skins (they will function as xmms skins as they are just renamed zips
streamtuner this will update all the indexes of shoutcast and a few others it also gives catagory browsing
afraid i have yet to find one that tapps into the video network winamp supplies
if you wish to make xmms supply the currently playing track from the stream go into the propertys via rightclick or just ctrl+P ---> "Audio I/O Plugins"--->Input Plugins--->"MPEG Layer 1/2/3 Player <version number> []" highlight that and select configure-->streaming And it is under the heading SHOUT/Icecast

if you need the trackinformation to be sent to another program for whatever reason i reccomend "xmms-announcer" i use it with mercury messenger for msn

endianx 11-14-2006 07:26 PM

How do you get global hotkeys working in XMMS?

Also, how do you get rid of its window, and only have it as an icon in the tray?

coldSteel 11-25-2006 01:22 AM

I was also looking how to allocate global hotkeys to XMMS and I found this:


You just need to assign the xmms commands to a global hotkey in the desktop manager you use.
In KDE: Control Center -> Regional & Accessibility -> Keyboard Layout (I think).

Then you can, for instance, assign Ctrl + Alt + Home to the "xmms --play-pause" command, Ctrl + Alt + Page Down to the "xmms --fwd" command, etc.
I use xfce4 and it was easy to add the keys I wanted to use.
As for the minimse to tray, there is a plugin that does it, but I can't remember what it was exactly.

Here are some links that maybe useful though

WZX 11-25-2006 04:47 AM

Winamp is old skool. Why don't you try amaroK?

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