October 21, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
Now that Winamp for Android has been released, timing is right for a review of a Winamp remote control that actually works: Lazik. The app has two requirements, though. First of all, your phone and your computer have to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and you also need the Lazik Winamp plug-in which can be downloaded from the official website. Once you’ve installed the plug-in and got your Wi-Fi running, using Lazik is a breeze.
When you first start the app, it automatically searches for a server – Lazik should find it within a second or two. Giving the server a name, adding it and connecting to it is easy. Lazik then pulls up the song that is playing in Winamp, and displays a series of buttons that lets you control the desktop music player. When you tap on the album cover in the middle of the screen, play, pause, previous, and next buttons appear, as well as a volume slider and repeat and shuffle toggles.
Tapping the lower-left corner of the screen will bring you to your Winamp media library, from which you can browse artists, albums and tracks, as well as add songs to the currently active Winamp playlist. There is also a screen that shows all the songs in the active playlist on your computer: just tap on a track to start playing it.
All in all, Lazik is stylish, quick, and convenient. Whether or not this kind of functionality eventually will get built into the official Winamp app remains to be seen, but until then, Lazik is a highly recommended download for Winamp users in need of a good remote control.
- Winamp remote control via Wi-Fi
- Playback controls
- Media library access
- Search feature
- Shows album covers