Winamp Media Player 5.56 Installation

Manage and Sync Music

I downloaded and installed WinAmp Media Player 5.56, which I've placed on MoonPoint Support at Winamp Media Player 5.56

Winamp was developed by Nullsoft. The company was acquired by America Online (AOL) in 1999. Nullsoft also developed open source software installer software, Nullsoft Scriptable Install System (NSIS).

NSIS supports some default command line options, such as the /D option for specifying the directory where software should be installed, if you don't want to accept the default value.

/D sets the default installation directory ($INSTDIR), overriding InstallDir and InstallDirRegKey. It must be the last parameter used in the command line and must not contain any quotes, even if the path contains spaces. Only absolute paths are supported.

E.g. if you accept Winamp's default installation directory, it will be installed in C:\Program Files\Winamp. But, if I wanted to change the installation directory, I could specify it on the command line. E.g. I could specify as c:\program files\Audio and Video\Winamp on the command line as in the following example. If the directory path \Audio and Video\Winamp doesn't exist, it will be created.

"C:\Users\Jane\Downloads\winamp556_full_emusic-7plus_en-us.exe" /D=c:\program files\Audio and Video\Winamp

Then when the installation program ran, I would see the directory I chose as the default location for installing the software, i.e. I wouldn't have to change it during the GUI installation.

Winamp Choose Install Location

Note: you can substitute environment variables in the location. E.g. %programfiles% can be used. That usually has the value C:\Program Files on most systems (See Constants).

By default, the installation will use the following start options:

I found webpages stating that those options, too, could be changed by a command line switch. When I install a program, I normally don't want a "Quick Launch icon" nor a "Desktop icon", just the "Start menu entry". To select just that option on the command line, some webpages stated one could use the /install option on the command line, e.g.

winamp556_full_emusic-7plus_en-us.exe /install=S

However, the install switch didn't actually work. And I later found other webpages, e.g. Winamp Silent Install Method, stating that the switches were never actually implemented.

There is an option for a "silent" install, where you don't see a GUI nor receive any prompts. Use the /S switch (use a capital "S"). Note you will need to put the /S switch before the /D switch, otherwise you would see the /S option appear as part of the location for where the software would be installed.

So put the /S before the /D switch when you specify an installation directory as well.

"C:\Users\Jane\Downloads\winamp556_full_emusic-7plus_en-us.exe" /S /D=c:\program files\Audio and Video\Winamp

The Winamp installation process installs a toolbar in Internet Explorer. There is no option during the installation process to not have it install this toolbar. I find the installation of toolbars by software without asking extremely irksome. It's a behavior I associate with adware/spyware. I've seen some user's browser windows where 1/3 of a browser window is occupied by various toolbars that were likely installed along with other software they wanted installed, probably because the users didn't realize they didn't have to install the toolbars as well or weren't give the opportunity not to install them.

You can find the Winamp Toolbar listed within the software uninstall option in the Control Panel. I also found information for uninstalling it in the registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Winamp Toolbar.

Regedit Winamp Toolbar

Value name:UninstallString
Value data:"C:\Program Files\Winamp Toolbar\uninstall.exe"

In this case I don't know if it didn't appear beneath the directory where I installed Winamp because I didn't opt to use the default installation directory of C:\Program Files\Winamp, so the installation might have created a separate C:\Program Files\Winamp Toolbar directory. In any case, I didn't want it.

When I ran the uninstall program from a command line with "%programfiles%\Winamp Toolbar\uninstall", a window opened informing me of the following:

Firefox users: This uninstall program will not remove Firefox Add-ons. Add-ons for Firefox must be removed by launching Firefox, choosing the 'Tools' menu, and choosing 'Add-ons.'

Uninstall Winamp Toolbar

When I checked Firefox on the system, I didn't see a Winamp Toolbar add-on, though. I removed Winamp Toolbar from a command line promt. The /S option will perform a "silent" uninstall for the software. Note: you must use a capital "S".

C:\>"%programfiles%\Winamp Toolbar\uninstall" /S

The installation of Winamp also puts a shortcut on the desktop titled "50 FREE MP3s +1 Free Audiobook!" that has a target pointing to An eMusic directory is created beneath the directory where Winamp is installed.

C:\>dir "%programfiles%\audio and video\winamp\eMusic
 Volume in drive C has no label.
 Volume Serial Number is 2DF8-C431

 Directory of C:\Program Files\audio and video\winamp\eMusic

11/24/2009  06:40 PM    <DIR>          .
11/24/2009  06:40 PM    <DIR>          ..
02/16/2006  11:26 AM            73,728 EMusicClient.exe
07/04/2008  06:58 AM               400 eMusicClient.ini
11/24/2009  06:40 PM            40,638 Uninst-eMusic-promotion.exe
               3 File(s)        114,766 bytes
               2 Dir(s)  251,008,614,400 bytes free

I've found that the catch with many "free" offers is that you are asked to provide credit card information with the provision that you will be charged on a monthly basis to continue using the service after the free period ends or you've obtained the "free" items. Supposedly you can cancel your "subscription" at any time, but the offeror counts on people forgetting to cancel or, in some cases, makes it extremely difficult to cancel.

At Complaints Board, which is a site where people can post information about their bad experiences with companies, I found Complaints - Unauthorized charges where someone posted that was her experience with eMusic.


I checked the Better Business Bureau site for information on the company. It was listed at eMusic Review, but was not rated. So, just the one complaint doesn't seem too damning. And, though it has a business relationship with AOL, a company I don't consider trustworthy from personal experience with AOL and from widespread use of deceptive billing practices (see AOL likes you so much, they Bill you Twice!, they aren't owned by AOL, so perhaps there's no need to be suspicious of eMusic. And, something I think deserves kudos to the company was their early support of the MP3 format and lack of digital rights management (DRM) encoding of the music they sell.

According to Emusic shares jam on AOL deal, in 1999 AOL and eMusic reached an agreement which calls for: and the ICQ, Spinner and Winamp brands to cross-promote downloadable music products through reciprocal links, Web advertising and other marketing initiatives. In addition, will develop co-branded sites with ICQ, Spinner and Winamp for downloadable music."

But, I decided to remove the software associated with eMusic from this particular system.

The registry entry associated with uninstalling the software is at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\eMusic Promotion.

Uninstall eMusic Promotion

Value name:UninstallString
Value data: "C:\Program Files\Audio and Video\Winamp\eMusic\Uninst-eMusic-promotion.exe"

I ran "C:\Program Files\Audio and Video\Winamp\eMusic\Uninst-eMusic-promotion.exe" from a command line to uninstall it.

The installation routine for Winamp puts shortcuts on the desktop. In addition to the eMusic offer one, which disappeared when I uninstalled the eMusic Promoion offer, a WinAmp, and a WinAmp Remote shortcut are placed on the "public" desktop. On Windows 7, %public% is C:\Users\Public by default. So the shortcuts are at C:\Users\Public\Desktop

C:\>dir %public%\desktop\winamp*
 Volume in drive C has no label.
 Volume Serial Number is 2DF8-C431

 Directory of C:\Users\Public\desktop

11/24/2009  06:40 PM             1,965 Winamp Remote.lnk
11/24/2009  06:40 PM             1,127 Winamp.lnk
               2 File(s)          3,092 bytes
               0 Dir(s)  251,002,134,528 bytes free

I don't like shortcuts cluttering up the desktop, so I moved the Winamp.lnk shortcut to the Start menu. Since there was already a Winamp Remote shortcut placed within a Winamp Remote folder under the Start menu, I just deleted the Winamp Remote shortcut from the desktop.

C:\>move "%Public%\Desktop\Winamp.lnk" "%AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\."

        1 file(s) moved.
C:\>del "%Public%\Desktop\Winamp Remote.lnk"


  1. Winamp - WPKG
    WPKG | Open Source Software Deoployment and Distribution
  2. Command Line Usage
    NSIS Wiki
  3. Nsis command line parameters
    December 8, 2008
    WINAMP.COM | Forums
  4. Scripting Reference - Constants
    NSIS Wiki
  5. Winamp Silent Install Method
    June 25, 2005
    WINAMP.COM | Forums
  6. Complaints - Unauthorized charges
    Complaints Board
  7. eMusic
    Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  8. Emusic shares jam on AOL deal
    By: Tiffany Kary
    Date: August 16, 1999
    CNET News
  9. AOL likes you so much, they Bill you Twice!
    By: Jane Mundy
    Date: August 11, 2006


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