Well this really whips the Llama’s ass: Winamp is closing up shop on December 20th, 2013. The music player will no longer be available for download from Winamp.com after that date, although I suspect you’ll still be able to find the free app at other websites.
The good news is that there’s nothing stopping you from downloading Winamp today and continuing to use it for as long as you like: There are plenty of folks who have been using versions of Winamp 2 for years since they weren’t happy with the later versions of the software.
Update: Winamp lives to whip another Llama’s ass.
Winamp first hit the scene over 15 years ago, and it earned a reputation as a powerful, customizable tool for playing those newfangled MP3 files everyone was downloading from Napster, among other media files.
The utility stood out for its relatively straight-forward user interface, support for equalizer effects, playlists, plugins, and skins. In the late 90s, before iTunes came around, it was one of the most popular media apps around.
But a few years after AOL acquired Winamp from developer Justin Frankel, he quit the company and the software he had helped create… and it’s been losing momentum ever since. Ars Technica published a pretty great article last year on the rise and fall of Winamp… and the possibility of a second coming which apparently never really came.
While AOL has done a few interesting things with Winamp over the years, including launching an Android app, it’s been a long time since Winamp dominated the media player landscape the way it did in the 90s.
What do you use to listen to music on your PC these days? Windows Media Player? Foobar 2000? MediaMonkey? iTunes? VLC? Or are you a Winamp holdout?
via Hacker News