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Snippet: Winamp Shutting Down ☇

Shared on November 20, 2013

Jacob Kastrenakes for The Verge:

The famous media player Winamp will shut down next month, over 15 years after its initial release. Though Winamp eventually lost popularity, in the late 90s and early 2000s it was one of the go-to media players for listening to local music or radio streams. In 2002, Winamp’s maker, Nullsoft, was acquired by AOL for over $80 million in stock, where it’s remained in development until now. A Mac and an Android version were even released in recent years, though they never found the same fan base that its customizable Windows client did.

Sad news, but I think AOL focusing on other things and the popularity of iTunes, Windows Media Player, and streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, and iTunes Radio didn’t help. Still, I fondly remember using Winamp back in the late 1990s and spending too much time customizing it.

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