Winamp for Android Gets Shoutcast Streaming, Wireless Sync
Winamp for Android is on its way out of beta, celebrating the graduation with the addition of support for Shoutcast MP3 streams and syncing with the PC edition of Winamp over WiFi.
The Shoutcast add-on gives your smartphone access to any of the 40,000-some streams Nullsoft reports as available, adding to the mobile version of the media player a big part of what made the PC version so popular a decade ago. Nullsoft maintains charts of the most popular stations, grouping by genre to speed-up searches.
The wireless PC syncing joins earlier wired sync support, letting you use Winamp on your PC like an Apple user would iTunes, managing your music library and keeping up-to-date with changes on your Android handset. Nullsoft and parent company AOL are apparently trying hard to leverage that position as an Android iTunes alternative, providing tools to import an entire library of non-protected iTunes tracks into Winamp all at once. No one’s quite managed to fill that role just yet, but more power to them for trying.
You’ll need at least Android 2.1 on your smartphone to run the latest Winamp.