Plex launches Winamp-inspired Music Player ‘Plexamp’-Tiny Media Player with Impressive Features

Plex launches Winamp-inspired Music Player ‘Plexamp’-Tiny Media Player with Impressive Features

A surprisingly high number of people still use Winamp. In 2017, the ubiquitous player celebrated its 20th birthday. And while it is not as popular as it once was, millions of people around the world still rely on it each and every day.

Inspired in spirit by Winamp and built on Electron using the open-source Music Player Daemon, Plexamp features a modern interface and pulls in music that’s indexed in your Plex server (which could be the lone laptop you use, a refurbished spare , or a NAS-equipped server configured for the task).

You can use Plexamp offline, or remote control other Plex players when you’re connected to your network. Additionally, it supports a range of music formats, including lossless ones like FLAC. The interface features a fairly small player with four different sizes, including one that hides the app entirely.

Instead of letting you browse your extensive music collection, Plexamp is built around a ‘discovery’ framework – it’ll show you recently added and played albums, and playlists you’ve updated. You can search through your catalog, but don’t expect to see a grid of every album you’ve indexed in Plex.

That makes it a little less than ideal for people who want to casually scan through all their music like I do – but it does make for a more streamlined if you know what you’re looking for. There are also a few nice touches like gapless playback, automatic soft transitions between songs, and a UI that adapts to the colors present in the album art of whatever you’re listening to.

The sparse interface design will likely appeal to minimalists: buttons appear when they’re contextually relevant, and disappear when you switch between screens: when you hit ‘play’ on a chosen track, you can hover over Plexamp to see playback controls and buttons to switch between a visualizer from the good ol’ days, and a lyrics view. The rest of the app’s menu is accessible from the tray.

Plexamp to be a lot less flexible than Winamp when it came to doing things like browsing music and curating playlists. It also seemed a bit finicky with certain files, and some visualizations didn’t load. If you’re looking for a better way to play tracks stashed on your hard drive, this is a good way to go. And of course, it doesn’t hurt that it comes with a price tag of free.

Give Plexamp a try by downloading it from here; you’ll need to first install Plex, sign up for an account, and have it index your music before you can play tracks through Plexamp.


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