One advantage of having a newsreader like FeedReader is that you can subscribe to a whole load of RSS feeds for sites that you find interesting but cumbersome to check every day. One of those is FileForum, and they bring news that Release Candidate 8 of Winamp 5 was released yesterday.
Wait a minute. Winamp 5? What happened to 4?
A lengthy trawl of the Winamp site finally unearthed this FAQ. Basically Winamp 5 is built on version 2, but with more of the features from version 3 – the logic being 3+2=5. It’s a good idea – Winamp 3 was good on paper but in reality it was far too slow and bulky. Which was why after it was released there were subsequent releases of Winamp 2.x.
Anyway, the new program looks pretty cool – it’s certainly fast enough and has all the features that it used to have, plus some more. It also comes with the nicer version of Nullsoft’s installer, which is a plus because the old one looks very dated and ugly.