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Winamp for Mac Sync Beta

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2013 04:01PM CEST

Winamp for Mac Sync Beta

The goal of the Winamp for Mac Sync product (now in Beta) is to eventually evolve into a full featured media player. Inessence, just like the Winamp Media Player for Windows, we want Winamp for Mac to be the Ultimate Media Player for the OS X platform.

 

Importing Music into Winamp for Mac (iTunes, Watch Folders)

Initial Import – The first time you run Winamp (after you accept the Winamp End User License Agreement) you will see a “Import Your Stuff” screen with 2 buttons “Import iTunes” and “Import Music Folder”. You can skip this step and do later by clicking “Skip Import” link in the lower right corner.

The Import iTunes Button will import the contents of your iTunes library at this moment. If you want your Winamp library to stay in sync with your iTunes library, make sure to leave the “Keep Updated” check box checked. If you want this to be a one-time import then uncheck that box. This action will import all tracks and playlists in your iTunes library but will not import podcasts, video and books (podcasts and video are not yet support but are on the Winamp for Mac roadmap).

The Import Music Folder Button will import the contents of your Music folder that is located under your user name on your Mac. If you want your Winamp library to stay in sync with your Music folder, make sure the “Keep Updated” check box is selected. If you want this to be a one-time import then uncheck that box. This action will import all tracks and playlists in your iTunes library but will not import podcasts, video and books (podcasts and video are on the Winamp roadmap).

 

Device & Syncing

Android Sync You can sync your music to a Winamp for Android device through USB or wireless connection.

Wired: For wired sync, you will need to plug-in your Android device via USB. In Winamp for Mac, go to the Devices node in the Media Library. From the Android device be sure you have enabled the USB mass storage mode. Enabling USB mass storage, allows you to copy files to/from your Mac.

Additionally, the Winamp for Android app offers an optional setting to enable “auto-mount”. Auto-mount will automatically enable the USB mass storage mode. To activate this setting, go to the Winamp for Android home screen >> Menu >> Settings and select “Enable auto-mount”. Note: this may temporarily disable other applications from running on your Android device.

Wireless: With the latest version of Winamp for Mac installed on your computer and with Winamp for Android installed on your mobile device, you have the option to sync media over a Wi-Fi network. From the Winamp app home screen go to Menu >> Settings and select “Enable wireless sync”. This allows Winamp for Android to connect to Winamp on your Mac.

Before your first wireless sync, you will have to pair your Winamp app with your Winamp desktop application. This occurs prior to the first sync and is not required for subsequent transfers. In Winamp for Mac, go to the Devices node and select your device. This will send a notification to your Android device. Once confirmed, your device will become active for sync.

For a detailed tutorial on wireless syncing visit our product blog - Introducing Winamp for Mac.

For users who have used iTunes, Winamp for Mac allows you to easily import your iTunes library and playlists. For a detailed tutorial visit our product blog - Introducing Winamp for Mac.

 

Playlist & Playback Queue

A playlist lets you keep a list of tracks to play whenever you want. You get to keep your choice and order of tracks. If you are using Winamp for the first time, then the playlist may be empty.

  • Create a new playlist by clicking on the plus button next to the Playlists node. This will create an empty playlist which you can name. To add music to a playlist, drag and drop any song from your music library in Winamp for Mac to the desired playlist. Load a playlist for playback by double clicking the desired playlist.
  • To import your iTunes playlists, go to the Winamp for Mac Preferences Menu and click the Add button. This action will import all tracks and playlists in your iTunes library but will not import podcasts, video and books (podcasts and video are on the Winamp roadmap).
  • To sync your playlists to Winamp for Android, select your device under the Devices node in Winamp for Mac and choose to sync all your playlists or only select few in the Setting tab. You can also send a playlist to Winamp for Android from the playlist right click menu.
  • To remove a playlist, right click the playlist from under the Playlists node and select delete.


Play Queue Window
The play queue window allows you to view and edit your current play queue track listing. The play queue window is collapsible by toggling the play queue button underneath the volume control. This allows you to hide your listening tracklist while managing your music or creating new playlists. The play queue also allows for drag and drop.

 

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Open Preferences: Command-comma
  • Hide the Macamp Window: Command- H
  • Hide all other applications: Option-Command-H
  • Quit the Macamp application: Command-Q
  • Create a new playlist: Command-N
  • Create a new playlist with the selected songs: Shift-Command-N
  • Close the Macamp window: Command-W
  • Show the currently playing song in the list: Command-L
  • Select all the songs in the list: Command-A
  • Deselect all the songs in the list: Shift-Command-A
  • Mute the sound (song keeps playing): Option-Command-Down Arrow
  • Put the Macamp window in the Dock: Command-M
  • Delete the selected playlist and all the songs it contains from your library: Option-Delete
  • Delete the selected song from your library and all playlists: Option-Delete
 

Application Updates (Product & Beta Channels)

Winamp for Mac allows for automatic updates to be pushed to directly to the application. The auto-update will allow new releases of Winamp for Mac to be made available immedialtey after release. The Autoupdate will show you a notification within Winamp when a new version of Winamp for Mac is available. A simple restart of Winamp will give you the latest features to manage your music on your Mac and Android.

Introduction of Release and Beta Channels For users who would like to keep up to date with the in-progress developments of Winamp for Mac Sync Beta, we have introduced a Beta channel that allows our latest developed features to be used and tested before we make it available for full release. For more information about accessing the Beta channel visit our new Winamp Labs. section and give us your continual feedback to help us keep Winamp the Ultimate Media Player.

Winamp.com Support & FAQ You can provide us feedback in the application from the Help menu, or by sending us mail directly to feedback-mac@winamp.com. You can also participate in a forum we’ve set up specifically for the product Winamp for Mac Sync.

 

Winamp Labs

The Winamp Labs page provides users with access to our latest experiments. Even though the publicly promoted product is still in a “Beta”, the versions of the app available for download on this page and through the “Beta Channel” are even newer and are updated more frequently.

Visit Winamp Labs.

 

FAQ

Which Audio File Types Do Winamp For Mac Support? Winamp for Mac supports all audio files which you have associated with QuickTime. This includes audio file formats MP3, M4A, M4B, M4P, AIFF, AU, SD2, WAV, SND, AMR.

To add additional audio file format support for Winamp for Mac, you can download codecs from Perian or Apple.
 

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