really whips the nicest ice-cream"
it really whips the Llama's ass,"
or so says Winamp when you load it for the 1st time.
Well I don't know anything about whipping, but I reckon
Winamp is the best audio player around. It has a nice "look
and feel" and excellent sound reproduction, which is
what counts. It has an easy to use interface, similar to
the controls on your hi-fi/video, meaning you will have
your favourite tracks blasting out in minutes.
It handles MP3, as well as loads of other sound file formats
and plays your standard audio Compact Disks. There's no
excuse not to have some thumping tunes waking the neighbors.
Don't come running to me though if they complain.
features different modules which you can add and remove easily
including a Playlist, where you can add single tracks for
a quick blast of your favourite track, or complete directories
of songs to last hours. There's a graphic equaliser with plenty
of built in levels, as well as letting you fiddle for hours
to get that best sound before realising the defaults are fine.
In recent versions the AVS, (Advanced Visualization Studio)
was added which graphically displays what you are listening
to and finally there's a mini browser which lets you receive
up to the minute information about Winamp, auto-load SHOUTcast
stream homepages and loads more. Personally I never use this
"If you see this
sort of thing when not using Winamp you probably need to
lay off the Skittles and Coffee!"
offense to the nice ones, but when I was at school "skins"
were something to run away from! :-)
it comes to Winamp however Skins are nothing to worry about,
they are our friends. Skins change the graphical look of
the program, one of my favourites is PacAmp, which harks
back to the '80s maze game. For younger readers PacMan was
the Tomb Raider of its day!
are probably 1000's, (I lost count!) of skins available
and you can store a selection in the program and chose which
one you want depending on your mood. You are bound to find
a selection you like and if not you can even make your own
given a little bit of time, creative talent and a pinch
of technical know-how.
You can then upload them to the web for others to use.
Details on this can be found at www.winamp.com
as well as info on plug-ins that allow you to alter
the sound, for example adding echo, reverb etc.
that is Winamp, all in all an excellent MP3 and general
audio player, in fact it's my player of choice at the moment
and has been for a long time.
give it a mighty 5 stars, (out of 5 of course!)
review raised a few questions, well actually it raised
two, which is nearly a few.
Can a piece of software actually whip a llama's ass?
Where any llamas injured while beta testing?
reluctant to accept that the former is possible but then
surely that would be false advertising on Winamp's part?
If not, then it must be true.
true I am sure that the great guys at Winamp would never
do a thing to harm an innocent llama.