AOL announces Dec. 20 shutdown for Winamp
Users who download the once-beloved media player before then can still use it, however.
By William White
A short message on the Winamp page says the shutdown will be all-encompassing, including Winamp.com as well as any other web services associated with the media player. Also, the application will no longer be available for download as of Dec. 20.
However, according to The Week, Winamp still can be used after the shutdown, but users must have it installed before the Dec. 20 deadline.
Winamp was developed by Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev in 1997, then picked up in popularity into the late 1990s and early 2000s. AOL acquired the media player in 1999 as part of its deal for Nullsoft, which was founded by Frankel and also included a streaming media server and an open-source installer system.
Winamp eventually was overshadowed by other media players, such as Apple's (AAPL) iTunes.
The surprising part of the shutdown is that the media player still has a user base of millions of people worldwide that generates roughly $6 million in revenue for AOL annually.
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The article is a bit misleading. Winamp will ALWAYS be the best media player. If a better player were going to come along, it would have by now. Killing it (presumably to boost the popularity of other players) will not work.
Furthermore, iTunes never beat out Winamp in popularity. iTunes sucks. It's bloatware, spyware, nagware, and all kinds of malware. Those numbers are fraudulent.
This sucks... I have been using Winamp for years and I paid for the service. I wouldn't install I-Tunes for nothing. I guess it is time for me to find a media player that compares. But I know better than to pay for any thing again.
You can install Winamp whenever you want, a year from now or months later, what you will not have after Dec. 20 is OFFICIAL support and updates.
But don´t worry, I´m sure the community will do its best to repair both things as much as they can (in fact, some developers will still work on it plus some other returning to complement the player by one of the possible ways; plugins. Check all these in Winamp´s forum while it last: forums.winamp.com)
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