Winamp 5 Lite is the younger cousin to the full installation package of Winamp 5 and provides pretty much all of the best features of Winamp without the extra bloat that has accumulated since Winamp was purchased by AOL.
The main difference between the full installation and Winamp 5 Lite is that the Lite edition contains only the basic features of the famous audio and mp3 player.
The user interface is excellent and even though it takes us back to the earlier days of the Internet, it is still relevant and lightweight. You have the option of switching between skins. The modern skin has a newer look to it while the classic skin is what we all remember. In our tests, the player functioned faster with the classic skin.
Installation of Winamp 5 Lite isn't a lengthy process but there are a couple of steps which may ask you to sign up or install additional software; these steps may be easily skipped.
Format support with Winamp is extensive and despite its fame as an mp3 and other audio player, it can also play video files which find their way on to your playlist.
For those with huge MP3 and other media collections, Winamp Lite has absolutely no problem dealing with and cataloging tens of thousands of files. The media library provides access to these files by a handy search engine which searches through album names, artists, tracks, titles, etc. The media library can also pull up album details including album covers.
Using the audio equalizer to control the way music sounds is a great way to customize playback, especially depending on what type of speakers or headphones you have connected to your PC. It comes with several presets for optimal bass, treble, classical, rock, pop, etc. sounds.
Plug-in support for Winamp 5 Lite is also fully intact and through the use of creative web searching since the official Winamp plug-in catalog has been shut down.
In conclusion: Winamp 5 Lite was born from one of the best audio players available and its lightweight nature makes it just that much better -- back to the roots. The player supports MP3, OGG, AAC, WAV, MOD, XM, MIDI and AVI, ASF, MOV, MPEG, etc., among many others.Winamp 5 Lite features and highlights:
Winamp 5 Lite is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from mp3 player software without restrictions. Winamp 5 Lite 5.666.3516 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).
Compatibility with this audio and video player software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version of Winamp 5 Lite may be available from AOL/Nullsoft.
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