Features and Functionality
The features of the Winamp for Android application are mostly similar to other Android music applications, but do offer a few extras as compared to others. Although the Beta still showed a few shortcomings at first, the matured version has cleaned out most of these, which clearly shows the good intentions of making Winamp on Android a powerful contender in the music scene.
The Home screen of the application includes the following buttons, which pretty much describes the core functionality of the application:
- Free Music
What makes these features even more compellingic is that Winamp is good at what it does. This has been the case with the desktop version and is now true for the Android version of the app. One pretty ingenious feature is the integrated now-playing dock, that if retracted shows just the title of the song playing with play duration. Once opened, the dock shows the full now playing screen, with all the usual details. This dock is available at all times, and is probably the easiest and most intuitive way of accessing the current playing song ever presented in a music application on Android.
The application can sync wirelessly with Winamp software installed on the desktop, which is obviously a Windows-only feature. Furthermore, the application enables the user to scrobble with Last.fm, which by now has become a pretty standard feature, and presents a lock screen player option, which is a nice addition.
With the arrival of the final version, Winamp has added a shoutcast feature, which greatly increased the overall legitimacy of the application. Better even, the application now has a 'Free Music' section with a small list of free songs. Although no major artists seem to be respresented here (remeber it is free!) there is some stuff to explore, which can be especially nice when you get bored with your own playlist.