I have not experienced any of the issues with Winamp listed above. Also I do not feel the updates are crap. As technology advances in hardware, developers are forced upgrade software to keep up with it. Since the initial release of Winamp, the PC industry has advanced 10 fold. Why not upgrade to the latest version and disable the "new" features you do not like. Compared to iTunes, WMP and VLC I prefer Winamp most. So I don't agree with your assessment. Also, check your connection or try another online music source. Shoutcast has never skipped on me. Try Pandora or Slacker to see if you have the same issue. Your issue may be related to a modem or router.