Newsflash: Winamp Still Exists (But It’s Getting Killed)…

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Winamp is getting the ax.

The AOL-owned company has announced:

“ and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionaly, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download.”

I haven’t used the Winamp player since middle school, when I wasted countless hours downloading skins.  Here in the future, there are users that appreciate the player and its antiquated look, but obviously not enough to sustain the service.

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In October 2011, a separate Winamp for Mac version was introduced. It offered a slick-looking alternative to iTunes and an easy way to sync music to Android phones. Winamp said it was “the first step in a long journey and an announcement of the Winamp team’s new long-term commitment to the Mac OS platform“.

A long-term commitment that has been cut short.


4 Responses

  1. Casey

    I used to use Winamp. I actually still used it up until AOL implemented that horrid new shoutcast directory. Both have been so poorly managed I am surprised they lasted this long.

  2. David Ridge

    My problem years ago with WinAmp was that it made itself the default player for all of the media on your computer as I had the same problem with RealPlayer. Since we can no longer purchase the Pro version will this final release of WinAmp be fully functional?