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Winamp 0.7.2 beta: ‘The media player for Android’

2 January 2012 1,468 views No Comment

“Drag it like you mean it,” (image above) is an interesting enticement. All the more so from the maker of an iTunes add-on designed specifically to make Android useable on the Mac. Thereupon, a fresh beta of Winamp is now available.

Although you can playback music, manage playlists, etc, Winamp for Mac beta (free) is essentially an iTunes add-on with one primary purpose — get music on and off an Android device. Version 0.7.2 represents a fairly large leap forward as it brings a fair amount of “new” functionality:

• New: Shuffle and Repeat modes
• New: Notification bar for in-app alerts
• New: Functional About Winamp screen and beta channel notifications
• New: Sync and pairing request Cancel buttons
• New: In-app direct feedback email
• New: Code refactoring for more frequent application updates.
• New: Winamp for Mac Labs page and edition (for Beta testers)
• A number of bug fixes and tweaks

Banner features include
• One-click music and playlist import from iTunes and Mac desktop
• Keep Winamp updated automatically with Watch Folders and iTunes library sync
• Wireless and wired sync with an Android phone, requires Winamp for Android
• Play local files and playlists
• Supports Mac OS X 10.6 and above

Winamp imported my iTunes Music Library in seconds without apparent issue. Performance of the app is on the whole good, though there is a small, yet perceptible delay between tapping a song and its playback, which might be an issue with my aging 2007 iMac running OS X Lion on just 3GB RAM.

In addition to the fact that I don’t have an Android device, Winamp has neither a built equalizer nor SoundCheck (i.e. track to track playback volume parity) are showstoppers for me — basic functionality.

Additionally, Winamp doesn’t import and doesn’t playback video files of any type.

Get your copy of Winamp for Mac 0.7.2 beta here.

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