Winamp Lite v5.666 Build 3516

webfork on 29 Jul 2019
  • 12MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Dec 2013
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Winamp is an customizable media player considered the grand-daddy of MP3 players. The program plays most common formats, and includes an equalizer, replay gain, and hotkeys. Includes strong support for thousands of different skins and plug-ins.

Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Creates one folder and file to %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\. For full registry changes, read this.
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download "Winamp Lite" installer
  2. Extract using 7-Zip to a folder of your choice
  3. Remove all files and folders that begin with "$"
  4. Create an empty file called Winamp.ini. Open this file in a text editor and paste:


  5. Launch winamp.exe
Note that the above extraction instructions are only applicable to Winamp Lite. Hank7 has kindly contributed extraction instructions for Winamp Full.
Similar/alternative apps: AIMP, foobar2000, XMPlay
What's new? See:

56 comments on Winamp Lite  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

Gregx 2018-10-28 14:48

For Winamp fans and folks I personally recommend -

v5.666 Build 3516

billon 2018-10-19 02:22

Official 5.8 Beta Build 3660 available

v5.666 Build 3516

Midas 2013-11-21 14:30

The Ars Technica article posted by smaragdus above is great reading. Thanks. I was once an eager user of the free Winamp, so I have signed the petition...


smaragdus 2013-11-21 05:48

AOL has announced that Winamp will be discontinued:

There are petitions for open-sourcing Winamp:

PETITION - SIGN NOW to ask for Winamp to go open source

AOL: Keep Winamp alive or let it go open source

It seems 5.66 will be the last Winamp version.


SYSTEM 2011-07-17 06:50

@freakazoid: currently the count includes 23 megabytes of locale files. Winamp Lite is "just" 10 megabytes in size if you download the English-only version.


freakazoid 2011-07-11 07:04

33MB is not "lite" ;)


woof 2011-03-18 15:31

Winamp is no longer the reigning king it once was. It maybe be prettier but Foobar2000 is much better and with that said Winamp is much better than iTunes, and Windows Media Player!

So to summarize Foobar2000 > Winamp > WMP > iTunes

Alternatives (all have portable versions)
1) Foobar2000
2) Songbird
3) Mediamonkey

Light audio players
1) XMPlay
2) 1by1


Ian from Barrie 2010-12-02 14:28

Same problem with V5.6.0 Build 3080 as ntquartex and Wolfghost reported earlier - just the js files were extracted using Uniextract. Apparently uniextract doesn't fire off 7zip when working with this file.

Good news: 7zip portable by itself does the job just fine!

hi-rez 2010-12-01 21:46

no flac play with winamp lite is a major buzz kill.

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