Windows 7: Latest Winamp Version Can Be Controlled from the Taskbar
Article by George Norman
On 10 Dec 2010
I started my favorite music player Winamp the other day and immediately I was prompted to get the latest update, mainly Winamp 5.60 (5.601 to be more precise). Seeing the update comes with “security fixes” I said okay Nullsoft, I will get the latest Winamp version because I know that keeping applications up-to-date is one of the things computer users must do to keep their systems safe and secure – the other things you must do include keeping the operating system up-to-date as well as using an antivirus application (use Microsoft Security Essentials if you want an antivirus application that doesn’t cost a thing).

There was one little thing that caught my eye in the update prompt. It said the latest Winamp version is Windows 7 compliant, that the latest Winamp version supports the latest iteration of the Microsoft-developed Windows operating system. I knew my current Winamp version worked on Windows 7, so it didn’t bother my head too much with that.


What I did bother myself with was the next part advertised by Nullsoft – Winamp provides support for taskbar player controls. Know how when you hover the mouse over a button in the taskbar, you get an Aero preview, a small window that displays a preview of the application or open document in the taskbar? Well, now you can control Winamp from that preview.

The Aero preview of Winamp displays a play, pause, stop, previous and next track button. Check out the image below to get a better picture of what I am talking about.

What other new bits and pieces does the 5.6 version of Winamp has to offer? Here’s a list:
  • Wireless desktop sync with Winamp for Android
  • WiFi sync between desktop & device
  • Improved iPod sync
  • iTunes Library import
  • The playlist generator has been improved
  • Purchase tickets, find lyrics, download music directly from Winamp
  • Online Services Gallery
  • Winamp Orgler lets you track, chart and share your Winamp listening history
  • Language support has been extended to cover a total of 16 languages, including Romanian, Turkish, Brazilian and Portuguese

If you would like to get Winamp, you can download the application here.

Tags: Winamp, Windows 7
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