Winamp Player Adds Polygon and Ethereum Support for Music NFTs

Winamp’s latest desktop version will allow users to play audio NFTs.
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Quick take:

  • Users can link their Metamask wallet via Brave, Chrome or Firefox to Winamp to play their music NFTs.
  • Winamp supports audio and video files distributed under both the ERC-721 and ERC-1155 standards.
  • Next year, Winamp will launch a new creator service linking fans and artists directly.

Media player, Winamp, is releasing its latest Windows desktop version, allowing users to play audio NFTs.

With the new update, Winamp supports audio and video files distributed under both the ERC-721 and ERC-1155 standards and is launching this new feature for Ethereum and Polygon/Matic protocols. Users can link their Metamask wallet via Brave, Chrome or Firefox to Winamp to play their music NFTs.

Music NFT platforms have been gaining traction this year. On Tuesday, LGND.io announced the launch of a collectibles marketplace in partnership with Warner Media and Polygon. The partnership will allow a select number of Warner Music Group artists to launch music collectibles on the app and desktop.

In October, decentralised music NFT platform, Stems, raised $4 million in a pre-seed round. The platform creative social hub for music makers and listeners to collaborate and connect with emerging and major artists around the globe. 

Artists can release music stems or components that make up a track such as drums, bass, and guitar to the Stem community. Members of the community can then use the stems to create remixes and turn them into music NFTs.

With a growing number of artists releasing their tracks in NFT format, Winamp wants to be the first to launch a standalone player for the latest music format as well as other existing formats.

“Winamp was a key part of the first digital music innovation, when mp3s changed the way we listen and enjoy music,” explains Winamp CEO Alexandre Saboundjian. “Now we’re supporting the leading edge of the next one, as more and more artists explore web3 and its potential.”

Winamp entered the NFT space this summer when the Winamp Foundation launched its NFT initiative, putting the original 1997 Winamp skin on auction this summer, followed by the sale of 20 NFT artworks made by 20 digital artists and derived from the original Winamp skin. All funds collected by the Foundation will be redistributed to charity projects supporting music and musicians. 

Early next year, Winamp will launch a cross-platform creator-rich service that connects fans and artists.

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