JSJ 319: Winamp2-js with Jordan Eldredge

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  • Charles Max Wood
  • AJ ONeal
  • Aimee Knight
  • Joe Eames

Special Guests: Jordan Eldredge

In this episode, the JavaScript Jabber panelists discuss Winamp2-js with Jordan Eldredge. Jordan is the creator of Winamp2-js and was inspired to create this media player from the old Winamp media player that he used back in the day. They talk about the importance of limitations, the value of having fun side projects, and pushing the boundaries. They also touch on skin parsing, making Webamp an electron app, and more!

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • What is Winamp2-js?
  • The history and future of Winamp
  • Winamp was the first big mp3 player that you could style
  • Webamp’s features and the technical challenges associated with them
  • Why JavaScript?
  • Creative solutions
  • Limitations of browser and creating something that previously existed
  • The importance of limitations
  • Hadn’t done very much JavaScript prior to this project
  • Originally created withjQuery
  • Led him into a career in JavaScript
  • Pushing the boundaries
  • Skin parsing
  • “Bitrot” and making Winamp skins accessible again
  • The value of side projects, even stupid ones
  • Architecture docs
  • What made you choose React and Redux?
  • Spotiamp (Soptify’s canceled Winamp client)
  • Making Webamp an Electron app
  • Winamp visualizers being ported to the web
  • The domain name webamp.org
  • And much, much more!










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