The 90s MP3 player is coming back with a push into the blockchain music market.
In its most recent update, the classic Windows media player Winamp also supports music NFTs. Users of Winamp’s new feature will be able to play audio files included in their non-fungible tokens, a Web3 desktop upgrade.
The first version of Winamp came out in 1997. The newest version allows music fans link their Metamask wallet to Winamp through the Brave, Chrome, or Firefox browsers. Winamp works with both Ethereum and Polygon and can play ERC-721 and ERC-1155 audio and video files. NFTs reveal who owns a digital asset and keep a record of transactions that can’t be changed. In the past few years, people who like NFTs have also started looking into ways to connect them to other digital media like movies, music, TV shows, and real-world assets.
“The genesis of Winamp has always been about accessibility and innovation, and today we are proud to launch the very first standalone player reading audio NFTs, as well as any other existing formats,” said Winamp CEO Alexandre Saboundjian in a statement. “This new version of Winamp allows people to listen to any file they want, using a player they already love.”
“Winamp was a key part of the first digital music innovation, when mp3s changed the way we listen and enjoy music,” Saboundjian said. “Now we’re supporting the leading edge of the next one, as more and more artists explore web3 and its potential.”
Warner Music Group said earlier today that it would distribute music NFTs through LGND, a marketplace based on Polygon. Justin “3LAU” Blau, a musician, entrepreneur, and music NFT fan, founded the Royal NFT marketplace last month. According to Royal, when a collector invests in songs or albums on the platform, they get a token reflecting a portion of the music’s streaming rights as well as additional benefits.