The grandfather of the music player world, Winamp still packs a mean punch – and it's free! It's ideal if you're looking for a music manager that comes with a wealth of experience and impressive functionality.
With so many features and options, it's a one stop shop for managing your music library. You can sync your music collection to an MP3 player or smartphone, and you can also stream it over the internet, allowing you to share your favourite tunes with your friends.
The music sharing functions don't end there, as Winamp provides you access to a ton of online radio stations, while you can scan sites for downloadable MP3 files to add to your library.
Winamp's CD ripping and music encoding capabilities are more than capable, and should be able to handle your needs with ease. It can rip music from DRM-free CDs and encode music in the aacPlus, AAC and WMA formats, ready for burning to disc.
In fact, Winamp Full supports the following formats: AAC, AIFF, AMF, APL, ASF, AU, AVI, CDA, FAR, FLAC, IT, ITZ, KAR, MDZ, MIDI, MIZ, MOD, MPG, MPEG (ES, MP3, MP4, PS, PVA, TS), MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, MTM, M2V, M3U, M4A, NSA, NST, NSV, OGG, OKT, PLS, PTM, RMI, SND, STM, STZ, S3Z, ULT, VLB, VOC, WAV, WMA, WMV, XM, XMZ, 669.
All that not enough for you? Well, you can extend Winamp even further with its catalogue of useful free plugins: there are downloads to help boost 3D sound, graphic equalisers, crossfading and support for Flac, as well as many more.
Verdict: A great little media player, Winamp is a trusted name with some brilliant features on board.