Version 5.666 of Winamp

Last version of Nullsoft Winamp :(

Last changelog from Winamp fourms:


Winamp 5.666

* Improved: Added a Reset button to clear history in the Open/Add URL dialog

* Improved: Added an option to disable the mouse wheel from altering the volume

* Improved: Added more commandline switches (run: winamp.exe /? to see full list)

* Improved: All menus now use the skinned style when option is enabled in ML settings

* Improved: Disable all online features when no internet connection selected in Prefs

* Improved: High DPI & text scaling compatibility fixes for dialogs & library views

* Improved: Increased notification area tooltips up to 128 chars (instead of 64)

* Improved: Library views now optionally group the 'Play' and 'Enqueue' buttons

* Improved: Mass metadata editor from library now also available in Playlist Editor

* Improved: Retry UAC prompt if user previously selected "No" (for relevant settings)

* Improved: Speed-up of Winamp shutdown process

* Improved: [gen_ff] Added a setting to control show/hide time for docked toolbars

* Improved: [gen_ml] Drag & drop handling tweaks

* Improved: [ml_downloads] Added 'Size' column

* Improved: [ml_history] New options for resuming playback (for podcasts or all files)

* Improved: [ml_history] Added a 'Play Offset' column with right-click option to clear

* Improved: [ml_local] Added Podcast, BPM & Rating fields to Ctrl+E metadata editor

* Improved: [ml_local/history/pmp] Added F8 to refresh current search

* Improved: [ml_nowplaying/wire] Added support to use alternative services

* Improved: [ml_playlists] Option to use source file instead of database-managed copy

* Improved: [ml_pmp] Added a simple view to match Local library support

* Improved: [pmp_android/usb] Added support to File Name Formatting

* Fixed: Agent not using Winamp window if a clone is already running (eg. KMPlayer)

* Fixed: Fallback issue with lang packs when loading accelerator tables

* Fixed: Length not being read when set to read titles on load

* Fixed: Ratings-related freeze on right-clicking large selections in playlist editor

* Fixed: Saving to wrong extension for the 'Save As' action in the Alt+3 Artwork tab

* Fixed: Unicode characters not displaying in taskbar when some old plugins are present

* Fixed: Various issues with aero-peek and docking of freeform skins as an appbar

* Fixed: [gen_ff] Docking to bottom/right when windowframe scale is anything but 1.0

* Fixed: [gen_jumpex] 'Jump to File' window not always visible when pressing 'J' or 'F3'

* Fixed: [gen_jumpex] Broken 'Add to Library' shell menu item

* Fixed: [gen_tray] Lockup/double-start issues when using the 'Prev' action

* Fixed: [in_flac] Removal of embedded artwork

* Fixed: [in_midi] Memory comparison crash with badly formed .kar files

* Fixed: [libmp4v2] Crash due to invalid pointer check on corrupt files

* Fixed: [ml_local] Search filters with unicode characters not being remembered

* Fixed: [ml_playlists] Remove invalid characters from playlist name on export

* Fixed: [pmp_android/usb] Crash on bad path

* Fixed: [pmp_android/usb] Use filename if no metadata available to generate filepath

* Misc: [installer] Added a "Winamp (Safe Mode)" option to start menu icons

* Misc: More general tweaks, improvements, fixes and optimizations (lots of them!)

* Updated: [enc_fhgaac] Fraunhofer AAC Encoder v3.02.16

* Updated: [enc/in_vorbis] libogg 1.3.1

* Updated: [gen_jumpex] JTFE v1.32

* Updated: [in_wave] libsndfile 1.0.25



The Pro & Full installers are the same for this release (No OpenCandy/Emusic/AOLSearch/Toolbar).

This is the best release of Winamp ever, imo, but let's just hope & pray that it's not the last...

However, this will be the last AOL/Nullsoft release of Winamp :-(

See the download page for more info.

A big thank you to all our users, former team members, beta testers, moderators, translators, skinners,

plugin developers, preset & color theme designers, community members, everyone... for everything...


Known Issues

Some mp3 files might cause Winamp to crash.

If you experience this issue, then please use in_mp3.dll from build 3512 instead (Info | Download).

Weird black pixels on corners of Bento & Modern skin notifier. Fixed png files available here.


Application Details:

Version: 5.666
License: Free to use
Votes: 5
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.0-rc1

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Test Results

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What works

  • Classic Skin works mostly fine. Menus respond immediately to mouse-clicks. File-browsing, adding media, and volume were tested and work. This is the skin I recommend, though it's hard to read because it originated when screen resolutions were mighty low. If you use it a lot, you may want to switch to Modern Skin
  • Modern Skin works very good. However, when you have an audio in the Playlist, you must right-click it and select "Play" because the Play button in the main window will not work. I tested volume, forward/back, and repeat, which work fine.
  • Options/Preferences work, except skins do not get applied until you restart the application.

What does not


  • When you switch skins, they are not applied until you restart the program.
  • Winamp caused my desktop to freeze completely (so that I could not close Winamp or log out of the desktop). I thought the "Bento" skin was the problem. But then it also froze on the "Classic" skin after a while. However (even before desktop freeze), events in the "Bento" skin were extremely delayed.

The file-association monitoring component of Winamp (I forgot the name of it, and I since uninstalled Winamp) sits in the Taskbar and is the (main) cause of the desktop freeze. KDE Window Manager popped up an alert that "Compositing was too slow," (and it has been stopped and you can enable it again, yada, yada). I recommend disabling this in "Options > "Preferences" immediately upon starting Winamp.

Even before disabling the monitor, I immediately noticed instant mouse-click/event responsiveness when *not* using the "Bento" skin. The desktop still eventually froze.

I was finally able to regain partial control of my desktop with Ctrl+Alt+Delete, and changed to "Classic" skin. There I was able to to disable that monitor. Then I changed to "Modern" skin and had no major problems, either.

  • Play button in main window does not work in the "Modern" skin. (Right-click the file in Playlist and select "Play" instead.)
  • Winamp's website "Search" feature does not work.
  • "Bento" skin's response to events such as mouse-click and mouse-over is horrible. Applies to menus, buttons, tooltips, and every other event.


What was not tested

  • Did not create/edit custom playlists.
  • Did not re-test the "Bento" skin after I disabled the file-association monitor.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Things like being limited to which way you can start a file playing are no big deal, as long as you can find them and play them, and that was fine. Ogg files seemed like a bunch of fuzz, but that is probably a media library issue in Wine. Bento's event responsiveness was horrible, which is too bad because the skin is nice-looking. However, it's a big deal when part of the program totally freezes your desktop. I thought I would have to hard-power off my laptop. Ctrl+Alt+Del eventually got me out, though the response to that key press was *quite* delayed! Hence, with a major problem (which is solved if you are able to shut off the component before your desktop freezes), I can only rate it "Bronze."

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 14 20216.0-rc1Yes Yes NoSilverMike Pelletier 
ShowUbuntu 19.10 "Eoan" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 24 20194.0.2Yes Yes NoSilverDanny Nisenbaum 
ShowLinux Mint 18.3 "Sylvia" x86_64Apr 04 20183.5Yes Yes YesGolddarkskall 
ShowFedora 26 x86_64Aug 04 20172.14-stagingYes Yes NoGoldAR 
ShowDebian 9 (Stretch)Aug 18 20172.0.2Yes Yes NoSilverRifanoz 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
4825 Winamp Media Library Does Not Display NEW View
12060 Winamp visualizations are placed incorrectly in their host window NEW View
15346 Winamp disappears when you move it's location STAGED View
16367 Applications don't receive multimedia keys NEW View
18926 In Winamp, the "send to..." submenu in the playlist menu does not appear NEW View
22891 winamp [5.572] Winamp.exe hangs after exiting winamp forcing a kill REOPENED View
22892 winamp [5.572] Modern skins don't update metadata information NEW View
34143 Milkdrop 2 visual plug in doesn't work in WinAMP (requires native D3DCompiler_47.dll d3dx9_36.dll d3dx9_42.dll) UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

Optimal Experience 5.56

For optimal experience using application install the following DLLs from winetricks:

-directx9 (Overkill but helps in the long run)
-ie8 (For web browser functionality)

OR run:
winetricks comctl32 directmusic directplay directx9 gdiplus ie8 mfc42 vcrun6 

If you use the modern skin you might need to enlarge the main window for the media library to show up.


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