How to keep Winamp's memory usage slim

Tuesday, March 4. 2008

Lately Winamp has really been giving me the creeps – additional of not being able to handle my media library in a efficiently way, it wouldn’t just load to play a single mp3 track, but would also load the whole library using up to 400MB if memory space and taking quite a while. It took me a while to figure out that it is not only necessary to select "Do not load the Media Library database at Winamp start-up" under "Options>Preferences>Media Library>Local Media>Options" but also to disable "Use library title information for Playlist Item Formatting". Amending this changes Winamp "only" uses up about 50MB of memory after start-up and is way faster.

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