A few weeks ago we heard that the next version of Winamp for Google Android would be able to stream Shoutcast internet radio stations. Now the updated version of Winamp is available as a free download from the Android Market.
The Shoutcast integration works beautifully. Just hit the Shoutcast tab from the main screen and you get a new Shoutcast page which you can use to browse by genre or top stations, view recent or favorite stations, or use the search bar.
Audio quality sounds at least as good as other streaming music apps, and I’m seriously considering replacing TuneIn with Winamp as my go-to music streaming app. On the other hand, I’ve noticed a little bit of lag when switching stations, or even when switching from a Shoutcast stream to local music files stored on my SD card.
Winamp for Android also supports WiFi synchronization with the desktop version of Winamp, letting you quickly and easily send songs from your PC to your Android device. There’s also now support for importing your iTunes library. Winamp is owned by AOL, and the company also added integration with AOL Music recently, allowing you to view artist information including photos and a discography when you tap on their name.
Winamp 0.9.2 for Android requires Android 2.2 or above.