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I have mixed feelings about Winamp 3. I like the new look, there's some really cool new style skins. I like the ability to change color themes for most of the skins. I also like the new media library feature which is great if you have alot of MP3s. Another cool feature is the ability to crossfade from one song to the next without any gaps, similar to Quintessential Player.

One of my favorite features of old school Winamp are the trippy visualizations, so Winamp 3 has some catching up to do in that department. There's a plug-ins manager that should allow you to use the old Winamp plug-ins but it kept crashing on me. The only Winamp 3 DSP plug-ins availabe right now are try now, pay later demos. I'll like Winamp 3 better when I can use the old plug-ins like Dee and Enhancer.
I don't like the Winamp 3 Playlist Editor because it starts a new list every time you re-open it, instead of showing the current or previous playlist.

Winamp 3 is worth a try, it's still free. Since you don't have to get rid of old school Winamp to install Winamp 3 it's easy to compare both versions and see which one you like best.

If you're still using old school Winamp make sure it's one of the versions without any security flaws. Winamp 2.8 is probably the safest.The best thing about WinAmp when it first came out, was that it was a SIMPLE application that was under 1MB, and played MP3s better than any other application out there. Now, since Nullsoft==AOL, it's gone that Microsoft route of trying to do everything, and not being great any anything. BloatWare. Full of crap that's interesting for about 12 seconds, and then never gets touched again

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