Winamp’s plans to regain relevance include more finally updated its audio software. Companies have Invitation opened for a service for creators that gives musicians the tools to distribute, promote, and (of course) profit from their work. While most details won’t be revealed in earnest until the features start unlocking in September, this is expected to include fan subscription support launching in September. 11. Your favorite artist can provide special content at different levels – it seems like a PatreonStylish background for music.
Invitations are limited to 25,000 people. They’ll get a year of free access to tools as well as a Creator Card that promises “exclusive perks,” including Winamp’s popular llama digital token.
Don’t worry that Winamp can skip its featured player software. The company confirmed that it will parallel roll out the service with improvements for customers. The aim, Winamp said, is to create “music masterpieces” that listeners want.
Creator services and retooled software can help Winamp adapt to an era where streaming and subscriptions have largely replaced downloads. With that said, there are challenges. Many listeners are tied to first-party streaming apps like Apple Music and Spotify. They are not guaranteed to switch to external software and services, even if they may miss out on the rewards.
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