Veteran music player Winamp continues its revamp by launching mobile and online versions of its music player to go alongside its traditional desktop app. They will all be able to aggregate, it says, “any audio services” – which means, “podcasts, radio stations, and – coming soon – the ability to play local files and connect to streaming services.”
There’s also a new feature catering to the growing eagerness for artists to connect with and sell directly to fans. It’s called “the Fanzone”, and lets creators sell products, and create “tiered subscription plans,” that lets “artists bypass industry gatekeepers and create on their own terms.”
The system seems to be in the same vein as Patreon or OnlyFans: exclusive content, experiences and memberships, in exchange for monthly subscriptions.
Last year, Music Ally CEO Paul Brindley interviewed Winamp CEO Alexandre Saboundjian at the Wallifornia Music & Innovation Summit, and Saboundjian spoke in depth about building these income streams into the player.
Winamp’s goal, the company says, is to grow to 250 million users, “with 1 million artists generating revenue from new era of ‘superfans’.”
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