Basically, if you need to play any drm-protected WMA's, then you will need to install 5.08e Full.
If you don't have any drm wma's, then you can uncheck "WMA Support" in the installer options
, thus keeping in_wm.dll and wmahelp.dll from 5.08d and earlier
(or you could just backup in_wm.dll and replace it after installation).
First time users will need to install 5.08d first (see link in first post in thread) to obtain the previous versions of the WMA Support files, and then uncheck WMA Support in the installer for all future upgrades.
This way, you will still be able to use alternate output plugins and dsp/fx plugins for unprotected wma's.
Hmm, maybe we should zip them up and post a link somewhere...?
Alas, this is the price you pay for buying into proprietary protected formats, especially when there are so many alternate methods
This is also the price that all Winamp users have to pay due to some idiots posting
"Napster DRM crack with Winamp" articles all over the net.
There's heaps of software available for capturing any audio going through the soundcard and saving it to file, eg. Total Recorder, Virtuosa, Messer, SoundForge, Audacity, TuneBite, Creative Recorder, etc etc, which is all the Output Stacker
workaround did. It's not exactly anything new.... :/
Microsoft saw it as a breaking of their WMA license agreement, and there was nothing that Nullsoft could do about it except to comply.
The license agreement states that Winamp should not be able to be used for converting their beloved WMA format into any other format.
Hopefully, this will further deter people from purchasing crippled DRM formats.
So, afaict, it's a good thing.
It's just a shame that users who've got any non drm wma's and listen to mms:// streams also have to suffer as a consequence . . . not to mention if they're using older systems with Win95/NT4 and can't use DirectSound Output (ie. stuck with waveOut Output only), or if they'd been using any alternate Output Plugin previously (eg. SqrSoft, A3D, KB5.1, etc) . . . though as stated above, there is no need for those users to install the updated WMA support components.