Thursday, 19 December 2013

The End of Winamp(?)

The Winamp developers advertised on their website the end of the development of this media player to the public. Since 1997, the year of its launch, Winamp introduced himself as a revolutionary reader as never seen at the time. With almost 16 years serving the community Winamp continues to be one of the most iconic free media players in the world. The reader was being distributed for free, and also proved a PRO version, paid. Originally released by the Nullsoft became later owned by giant AOL who now turns out to exterminate this player in December 20.

In the its website you can read the following: "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

WinAmp always support to a variety of multimedia and a respective number of known formats. Support plug-ins and skins made it even better known for its flexibility which were always accompanied by rich graphics equalizer, making the delight newbies, nerds the experts.
Winamp was developed by Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev and quickly saw its due to a young Internet at the time. In 1998 WinAmp was already the most downloaded software in addition to the Windows operating system software.


Is this the end of a chapter? 
Some sources indicate that AOL may be negotiating with some companies to sell this software and its service. From AOL point of view, the Winamp software never had a very definite purpose and without an evolution path. It is also true that there is less market for these type of media since the market is moving towards stream services dependent on the Internet...
Another solution would be putting Winamp as open-source, some fans of the venerable software have launched a "Save Winamp" website and petition asking AOL either to keep Winamp alive or to open source its code. The petition was started by Web hosting company owner Peter Zawacki of Australia, and it has more than 12,000 supporters so far. "If AOL allows it to go open source it WILL live on forever and be in the hands of people who love it and use it every day," the petition states. 
People are therefore wondering if AOL is willing to release Winamp's source code but haven't yet received a response...

Winamp was (and still is) one of my favourite programs. From the moment I started using computers I always followed the same steps: first, install an operating system software; second, install Winamp. I understand that just like everything there is always an end but it will be a sad day when it finally leaves us.
On the positive side of things, you can still download and use the current (and last) version of Winamp. It will still be a very useful media player in the immediate future. Why don't you give it a try?

"Winamp, it really whips the llama's ass"

Are the "O Mundo de Mikey" readers, still using Winamp or did you migrated to other software like Aimp or MPC?


UPDATE 7/01/2014: It is already 2014 and AOL is still allowing the download of Winamp. Let's hope that this player does not disappears from the market.
UPDATE 12/03/2014: Winamp was acquired by Radionomy - an international aggregator of online radio stations headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. So this may mean that Winamp will still be around for the coming years.


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