I still remember those days when i lined up my music collection on to a slicky colorful media player – Winamp. The fifteen year legacy is going to be over soon, AOL the owner behind the music player announced the shutting down of the music player on December 20, 2013. Winamp Media player software will no longer be available for download from that day, so if you wish to keep the memories alive download it now from Winamp.com (www.winamp.com).
“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. See release notes for latest improvements to this last release. Thanks for supporting the Winamp community for over 15 years.“
Winamp was developed by Nullsoft, which was brought by AOL for around $80 million in June 1999. Just like any other product brought by AOL it was neglected all together, despite one of the most popular music players it really didn’t take off in digital music era of online music stores. It even didn’t compete against the emerging Apple iTunes or Amazon those days.
To survive in the smartphone world, Winamp released an Android version of the music player in 2010 and Winamp Sync including a full-fledged music player for Mac in 2011. But still all effort go in vain.
Winamp.com website and all of Winamp’s web services will shut down on December 20 2013, along with its music player for Windows and Mac, and Android App will no longer be available for download from that day.