AOL to end Winamp and Shoutcast Services
AOL has made what will be a sad announcement for some as they confirm Winamp is to be closed after 15 years' service.
A statement reads: “Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date."
The freeware programme, created by Nullsoft in 1997, was one of the early internet ages’ favourite music players and had hundreds of plug-ins created for it, but it began to lag behind the alternatives, in terms of features and codec support, some time ago.
"Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013"
It is also rumoured that AOL is to stop Shoutcast, their media streaming service, although the same rumour source also says that Microsoft might put in a bid for both, but that could just be a spot of wishful thinking from sentimentalists.Is rumoured Microsoft bid just wishful thinking?With the content and sharing platforms Microsoft has built up with the launches of Windows 8 and Xbox one, it would seem unlikely they are in need of Nullsoft’s technologies, but you never know.
It’s unclear whether the software will become open source at this stage but, if it does, at least there’s the promise of it being kept up to date going forwards. In the meantime you might want to head over to http://www.winamp.com/ to get your official download before it’s too late.
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