The Winamp History

Get to know us a little better since our beginnings back in 1997.

Digital service providers are the most widely used way for musicians to reach their audience, providing a standardized solution for them to release their tracks and monetize their music. The fact that a worldwide audience can be reached in this way is an obvious benefit of the 21st-century music industry – and of using a DSP. As a result of the dominance of DSPs, the role of the major recording labels has shifted away from music distribution and into a focus on publishing and master licensing instead.

In spite of this seeming democratization of the playing field, however, only a minuscule percentage of musicians are currently able to earn a living from their creative work. This is partly because the industry has been set up so that their share of the overall revenue generated by their creativity has been pitifully small. Our intention is to set this to rights by ensuring musicians are treated more equitably and receive a fairer proportion of the revenue.

Our values

Winamp Foundation

Winamp has opened its Foundation, with the goal to help musicians across the world create music they love. All funds collected by the Foundation are redistributed to charity projects supporting music and musicians. For the first initiative, we are raising money for musicfund.eu, a Belgian non-profit association that supports music schools and socio-artistic projects in conflict zones, developing countries, and Europe.

The Music Industry
today

The music industry of the 21st century reflects the disruptive and forcibly transformational impact of the digital age and AI. The traditional income sources of musicians – live music performances and sales of music tracks – have declined enormously, so they have been forced to engage with the tech and the new interface it places between them and the music-loving public.

Digital literacy is a core skill for any musician seeking success in the 2020s,

when managing online presence on platforms such as Facebook, Snap, TikTok, and Instagram is the key to gaining popularity and a significant following. This is typically done by the musicians themselves these days, removing the need for them to rely on major marketing agencies to assure a breakthrough, but requiring a great deal of social media savvy and determination.

Digital literacy is a core skill for any musician seeking success in the 2020s, when managing online presence on platforms such as Facebook, Snap, TikTok, and Instagram is the key to gaining popularity and a significant following. This is typically done by the musicians themselves these days, removing the need for them to rely on major marketing agencies to assure a breakthrough, but requiring a great deal of social media savvy and determination.

Digital service providers are the most widely used way for musicians to reach their audience, providing a standardized solution for them to release their tracks and monetize their music. The fact that a worldwide audience can be reached in this way is an obvious benefit of the 21st-century music industry – and of using a DSP.

As a result of the dominance of DSPs, the role of the major recording labels has shifted away from music distribution and into a focus on publishing and master licensing instead.

In spite of this seeming democratization of the playing field, however, only a minuscule percentage of musicians are currently able to earn a living from their creative work. This is partly because the industry has been set up so that their share of the overall revenue generated by their creativity has been pitifully small. Our intention is to set this to rights by ensuring musicians are treated more equitably and receive a fairer proportion of the revenue.

“Music needs a one-stop app to address some of the ongoing issues faced by fans and creators.” In its new and expanded form, Winamp can fulfill that need. It can act as an effective partner to DSPs, DYI artists, and listeners alike. It will return power to creators, by offering them a wide range of services that are transparently and fairly priced.

"Music needs a one-stop app to address some of the ongoing issues faced by fans and creators."

In its new and expanded form, Winamp can fulfil that need. It can act as an effective partner to DSPs, Indie artists and listeners alike. It will return power to creators, by offering them a wide range of services that are transparently and fairly priced.

What they say What they say

  1. - Smartworld

    Winamp sta tornando in una veste tutta nuova

    Torniamo a parlare di Winamp, uno dei servizi che hanno fatto la storia della multimedialità per tantissimi utenti dall’inizio degli anni 2000, soprattutto su piattaforma PC.

    Winamp sta tornando in una veste tutta nuova
  2. - MusicAlly

    Winamp opens up its new creator tools for 25,000 artists

    This week, the company opened that up with a signup process for 25,000 artists and audio creators.

    Winamp opens up its new creator tools for 25,000 artists
  1. - Hypebot

    Signup NOW for a FREE year of the Winamp For Creators toolkit

    The Winamp revival continues with the addition of a new platform to help creators connect with the 83 million fans that use the music listening platform.

    Signup NOW for a FREE year of the Winamp For Creators toolkit
  2. - Engadget

    Winamp’s revival includes platforms for musicians and fans

    The creator service makes it more than an MP3 player

    Winamp’s revival includes platforms for musicians and fans
  1. - Musictech

    Winamp For Creators platform launched, with first 25,000 creators given free access

    The platform aims to put creators in control of their content

    Winamp For Creators platform launched, with first 25,000 creators given free access
  2. - MusicAlly

    Winamp outlines its plans for aggregation, artists and NFTs

    Media player Winamp‘s original heyday may be some time in the past, but it remains a going concern – 80 million people are using the software around the world still.

    Winamp outlines its plans for aggregation, artists and NFTs