• @yesman
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    I use Winamp on my PC.

    First of all, it respects albums. Other players like VLC and Fubar2000 would order the songs alphabetically; it’s annoying. Also in the “artist” list “The Beatles” comes right after “Beasty Boys” the way God intended.

    Second it has an “always on top” feature so you can easily control it while gaming.

    Winamp was made for people who listen to music the way I do. You know, old people.

      • Андрей Быдло
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        AIMP on Windows (and probably Wine). Has good converter and tag editor as a bonus. You can try v2 or v3, they are pretty different. Both support Last.fm scrobbling if it’s still relevant. The android app is nice too but I haven’t used it that much. It kept my evergrowing library nicely structurized, mostly folder-based, with a little effort. It’s russian, but I haven’t noticed it doing anything funny, and it’s probably too niche since most people use streaming nowadays.

      • Prox
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        Why not, y’know, just use Winamp? It’s still available to download and you can even get installers for older versions if you prefer.

    • @[email protected]
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      Even just using PC programs makes me feel old in this day and age. That said, I am the same age as Windows XP…

      • @[email protected]
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        That said, I am the same age as Windows XP…

        Jesus Christ, get off my lawn! What is a 10 year old doing unsupervised on the internet??

        checks Wikipedia

        Windows XP 2001-10-25

        Damn, you’re old enough to drink.

        • @[email protected]
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          31 month ago

          Yeah, this feels wrong.

          Anyone else remember what a huge deal windows 95 launch was? With The Rolling Stones.

          It always struck me that “start me up” was used for the launch, since the chorus has “you make a grown man cry” in it. It could just be my 16 year olds sense of humor at the time though.

          https://youtu.be/P0AJM6HMYjM?si=A8-pv0n03c_l7g7x

      • @jqubed
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        81 month ago

        Hah! I’m as old as MS-DOS 2.0! (But really got comfortable using computers on my own with Windows 95/98/NT 4.0)

        • @Agrivar
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          …I was already eight years old when MS-DOS 1.0 was released.

          Ugh.

          At least I’m likely to die of old age before the resource wars really get kicking.

          • @[email protected]
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            Apparently I’m as old as DOS 2.13, but only really remember using 5.0 and 6.22, must have been 5 or so at that time.

            I remember Windows 2.0 on a b/w screen (more like amber honestly), played Reversi (without knowing how it really works) and used paint to make all black images and then use the eraser to play digital mole.

            Simpler times…

          • @[email protected]
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            I was 2, but we had an Apple 2 and then Macs until I was in college and built a PC right as Win 98 released.

      • @BoxOfFeet
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        I just finished a Windows XP rig so I could relive some of my classic gaming moments. From my college years…

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      Foobar2000 has all of these features. You might need some tweaking, but foobar can do practically everything as far as music library management goes. My default sorting is album artist, album year, disc, track number.

      As for song sort, if you meant sort by track number, it would be hard to find a player that does not support that. If VLC really does not support that, that is somewhat understandable, it is not meant as a serious music player after all.

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      I still use tortoiseSVN, does that count?

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          Quck search suggests sorting by album will also sort by track number in it. Also I found 4 year old feature request for VLC Android for sorting by track number that was added 4 years ago.

    • themeatbridge
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      DAE had that one copy of a song that everyone shared with a glitch during the second verse, and now you find it jarring to hear the song without that artifact.

      • @[email protected]
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        I have an old copy of “American Pie” from Napster just like that. Couple little glitches at the start that gave me a twitch for years if I didn’t hear it.

        It’s also what I tell people who like the sound of vinyl. The pops and hisses of vinyl are objectively wrong, but you can get subjectively used to hearing things a certain way. It’s not better, it’s just what you have always done.

        Even that all said, I do like listening to vinyl because the whole process of listening to it is very deliberate. Like I’m preparing for an event and this is what I’ll be doing for the evening.

      • @[email protected]
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        100%! There’s a whole second breakdown in Jamiroquia’s Virtual Insanity that I never knew about.

    • @[email protected]
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      I miss when you could buy CDs and rip them to your computer so if your shitty mp3 died, you could just move everything on there.

      Degrees of freedom revoked

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          Seriously. Everyone complains about how it was so much better back then, when you owned your music on physical media.

          Meanwhile, the choice of music available to buy on CD’s (and even LP’s) has never been greater than today.
          Plus, you can easily download whatever you want from any streaming service and burn your own CD’s (but please don’t do that, it violates the TOS and copyright!)

          • @jqubed
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            Or you can buy DRM-free music files at higher quality than was ever available on physical media outside of niche formats that were never widely adopted. Costs are not outrageous and you can listen to them however you like on whatever device you like, and the artists actually get paid and there’s no question of legality.

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              Yeah you can literally buy flac instead of relying on CDs to get lossless quality. Also recording these days is so much better, you could easily get a lot of good remastered version of your favorite songs now.

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          DRM protection on music discs, and general distrust of “cracking” software due to my ignorance in The Scene as it stands today.

      • @[email protected]
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        I bought a CD of Green Day’s “American Idiot” and tried to rip it. The version still sold these days has some kind of copy protection on it that gives rippers fits (which isn’t very punk rock of them). Tried a few different things, and then gave up and downloaded somebody else’s flac rip.

      • jadero
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        You still can. I do it all the time.

        It’s entirely possible that I’ve missed more recent legislation, so take this with a grain of salt. Canada has a “blank media tax” courtesy of the record lobby back in the recording tape days. There was much pushback from consumers when that fee was applied to things like video tapes, recordable CDs, hard drives, etc, but still exists as far as I know.

        The recording industry was pushing for laws more in line with other jurisdictions, primarily the US. The government was open to it, but would then abolish the fees on blank media. Industry backed down because they get more from that fee distribution than they would ever get by having more restrictions. Of course, that doesn’t stop them from trying to shame us or blow smoke up our asses.

        That means we are already paying a licence fee allowing us to copy recorded or broadcast material for personal use. “Personal use” is defined by what it’s not: rebroadcast, playing for the general public, and reselling. Thus, making a strictly personal copy is fine, as is making a copy for a friend, copying from an original you’ve borrowed (from a friend or from the library), recording legal broadcasts (like from radio, etc), and recording concerts unless the terms of admission expressly forbid it, etc.

    • @pete_the_cat
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      27 years later

      You stop that right now!

  • @[email protected]
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    I recently began de-corpoing my life, and spotify is my most recent cancellation after I was a premium subscriber since soon after its launch.

    Took a bit of effort to convert my library, but I found a useful app to automate the process. And now I have my library back, offline and on my devices forever and for free.

    It’s actually kind of empowering, reclaiming your life from subscription hell and corporate voyeurism.

    • The Picard ManeuverOP
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      This is one of those things that I dream of doing one of these days. I’d love to have a massive media library stored locally, so that I’m not chained to streaming services.

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        The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The next best time is today.

        Also, Amazon Music sells DRM-free MP3 files, if you don’t feel like sailing.

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          Or just buy on Bandcamp if the artist is on there. Support artists really directly (they get 85-90% of what you pay for an item) and you usually get a royalty free lossless download as well as subscription-less streaming.

          Hope recent dealings doesn’t fuck up this absolute gem of a site.

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        I was prepared for that to go the other way.

        “…Spotify fucks over artists”

        *“This is one of those things that I dream of doing one of these days”

        • someone from the internet"*
        • The Picard ManeuverOP
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          Don’t tell me you’ve never dreamed of being an entertainment industry leech!

    • Noble Shift
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      Not to mention Spotify fucks over artists.

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        I did a bit of web searching and found spotDL on github, you can give it Spotify playlists to convert and it will search them on YouTube/YouTube music, and output them as local files.

        Includes metadata and can output in different formats too. It works great about 99% of the time, though you sometimes need to search manually for individual songs it couldn’t match somehow. But that were about a dozen tracks out of over 4k for me.

        If you are interested in the other things I did/found aside from music feel free to ask

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          Is the quality of the YouTube rips good?

          • Vaquedoso
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            I imagine it’s not the best, but Spotify’s isn’t great either

          • @[email protected]
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            I’m not an audiophile or anything, but on my in ears it sounds fine to me. Though I only made mp3s so far, but iirc it can do flac too. I’d imagine those have better quality

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      Just today I was listening to a Tidal Playlist amongst friends and the whole thing seized up and just stopped playing music all together when it ran into a song on the Playlist that apparently Tidal lost the rights to. Really frustrating when your music library is in flux at the whim of corporate dealings.

    • @BluesF
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      Dude what is the app?? I’ve been looking for exactly this.

    • @antidote101
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      “subscription hell and corporate voyeurism”

      For me, this is just a place I knew to never go. The writing was on the wall when Warcraft 2/3 became World of Warcraft, one of the first subscription based game.

      I’d already been pirating software, music, and games by then and just, stayed on that path. Never so much as used Netflix or Spotify.

  • @hakunawazo
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    It still whips the llamas ass on one of my machines.

    • @[email protected]
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      Every so often I download Winamp just to hear that intro, takes me back to being a kid everytime.

      I know it’s probably on YouTube, but it’s not the same when it’s not playing through Winamp.

  • themeatbridge
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    281 month ago

    If you weren’t staring at a zooming vortex visualization while high on shrooms, you were missing out.

    • @aeronmelon
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      I was staring at it completely sober. I think it still produced the same effect.

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        Definitely did. Dad was a stoner, I was too young to get stoned, we both sat and watched it for ages while dad shared his favorite tunes with me. Ah, good times.

    • @[email protected]
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      I really missed those, i only recently discovered vlc still has them. Was a little nostalgia trip

      • @Agrivar
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        vlc still has them

          Hoooly shit! I was today years old when I learned of this - thank you, internet stranger.

    • Noble Shift
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      I’ve got 30+ meg of Milkdrop presets. You don’t even need the shrooms anymore.

  • @[email protected]
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    winamp can play online stuff too

    AND offline stuff

    and it has skins

    and its free

    and it has no ads

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      Aside from eminem and robbie whoever, i definitely have a playlist on winamp on my computer right now with those exact songs in it

      Edit: replied to completely wrong comment, soz

    • yeehaw
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      This is a wicked site. Thanks. Real easy to get a quick dose of nostalgia

    • @Valmond
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      Ha ha wtf, excellent!

  • @sir_pronoun
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    Holy Fuck that playlist makes me want to get drunk like only a teenager at a pool party could

    • @Jarix
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      Not that I was (much obliged to lets just forget present tense exists and is a thing) popular enough to go to pool parties let alone get drunk at one,

      But aside from eminem and robbie whoever, i definitely have a playlist on winamp on my computer at this moment with those exact songs in it. It was probably created when i was a teenager lol

    • @disguy_ovahea
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      Egon, you said crossing the streams was bad.

  • Noble Shift
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    111 month ago

    Still use it to this day on the Win laptops. Zero issues in 20 years. (v5665), and using XMMS2 on the Nix boxen.

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      Back in my day, I had an old computer I stuffed under my desk that I installed Linux on. It’s only job was to connect to a cifs share where I kept my (totally legally obtained) music, and play it using xmms2.

      I did that so I could reduce the fairly minor load that winamp would put on my system while gaming. I had my PC and this music box both connected to a small mixer where I plugged in my headphones. So I could listen to whatever I wanted and had a dedicated screen and keyboard to control xmms2, so I didn’t have to alt-tab my gaming computer when I wanted to change tracks. Between the convenience of the control and the small benefit I got while using my computer, it was a nice setup that lasted me a long time I eventually stopped using it when I moved one time, I just didn’t bother to set it back up, and I eventually found that all the sliders in my mixer were messed up. From lack of use.

      I’m sad to hear that xmms2 also had a similar problem of being more or less ignored and falling into disrepair. It was a good alternative to winamp on my desktop. Everything was very very similar, so it was very easy to swap between them.

      I also similarly stopped using winamp, because reasons. I suppose the go to music player is now foobar2000.

    • @Pilferjinx
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      Audacious is a good spiritual successor.

      • @Jarix
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        Meh they surprised us and released a new version of window like a year or 2 ago if you really wanna use the real thing.