Winamp’s revival includes platforms for musicians and fans

Winamp’s plans to regain prominence involve far more than the final update of its audio software. The company has opened up invitations to a creator service that provides musicians with tools to share, promote, and (of course) monetize their work. While most details won’t be revealed in earnest until the features unlock in September, support for fan subscriptions is planned to debut in November. Your favorite artists could offer special content on different levels – it seems to be a Patreon-style platform for music.

Invitations are limited to 25,000 people. You’ll get free access to tools for a year, plus a Creator Pass that promises “exclusive perks,” including digital tokens from Winamp’s well-known llama.

Don’t worry about Winamp ignoring its signature player software. The company claims it will parallel service launches with customer improvements. The goal is to create the “music superapp” listeners want, Winamp said.

The creator service and revamped software could help Winamp adapt to an era where streaming and subscriptions have largely replaced downloads. That being said, there are challenges. Many listeners are locked into first-party streaming apps like Apple Music and Spotify. They are not guaranteed to turn to outside software and services even if they might miss out on rewards.

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