Why I keep...
Shoutcast is great. I don't knoiw how this occurred, but since I installed 5.24, I have some sort of scripting error which porevents me from accessing it from Winamp. Maybe you guys can help me with that.
I find the UI for WMP, MealPlayer, and MusicMatch to be much easier to use. They are just much simpler. What caused me to look for this forum was what I needed to figure out to save internet webstreams as bookmarks in Winamp. There is just too much drilling and too many right clicks for context-sensitive menus.
I am sure that you guys fool around with the other media players, just to stay up on what the competition is doing.
As far as dropping RealPlayer, in all actuality, I don't think thast naything that I do is in any RealPlayer format. My own database of 15 gigs of music is all mp3. All of the radio streams are mp3 (everyone's and no one's), .pls (Winamp). or .asx (WMP). I control the music in my office. Real allows me to flip from any one thing I have to any other thing, at a couple of clicks. And, BTW, while I can save Shoutcast streams *and* Live365 streams as Favorites in Real, I can not save Live365 streams as bookmarks in Winamp.
I will be using Winamp much more now, since I have my whole library of mp3's, five PubRadio music sources, and four Shoutcast streams (two Classical, 2 Goth) in Winamp.
You know, I can find my stuff in the library. I close out with Local Media/Audio as my setting, so that's where Winamp opens on its next lauch.
What I need for you folks to understand is that I want to like Winamp, and I reflect the gazillion users who want things to be simple. We don't tinker with our Hondas and Toyotas, and we are not going to tinker with Winamp. But, Winamp, the granddaddy of all players, is, maybe unfortunately, an AOL property, and as such is subject to the scrutiny of the dollar guys at Time, Inc. They are not very charitable. In a short while, now, thousands of AOL's most loyal employees are going to be out on the street if AOL (Time, Inc) goes ahead with allowing all comers to access the AOL site for all content so that Time Inc can drum up easy cheap ad supported revenue.
BTW, I am also a heavy user of Netscape 8.1, another AOL property. I have participated a great deal in the Netscape 8 forums. Jay Garcia's bunch is working with the same shortages of talent as the Winamp team. But, look at Netscape 8.1: it is far and away the most advanced browser in the field. I know that 8.1 depends heavily on the Gecko code and on IE. But no one else has the individual on the fly site security that Netscape has.These guys have essentially dumped the old Netscape code (taken over as the basis of Mozilla, and the root of all of the efforts of the Mozilla Founbdation and now the Mozilla Corporation)and what they put out is the best thing available.
If there is any help on the scripting thing, I would appreciate it.
And, thanks for the civility of your debate.