RIP Winamp Media Player As Service Shuts Down After 15 Years

/ 3 years ago

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I’m starting to feel like a Leper today, like I’m the only one left who not only uses Winamp, but STILL uses Winamp. It seems like the whole digital music loving community has been corrupted by streaming services, or iTunes or some other junk that strips you away from a truly personal music collection.

OK so I know I’m not the only one who uses Winamp, but the way many other sites are reporting on the software you would think it died a long time ago, when in truth I still regard it as the only music player worth using on my PC and I haven’t found anything better than it in the 15 years I have been using it, that’s right, I’ve been with Winamp from the start! I had it on my Windows 95 PC no less.

However, despite my personal adoration for the software that still sit handsomely on my taskbar, still getting 8-10 hours use every single day, AOL have decided that the service will be no more. Of course I can still use my software, you can still download the software, but officially this is the end of it. Updates, support, the website, the whole lot is going to digital heaven.

Nullsoft sold Winamp to AOL back in 2002 for a cool $80 million in stock, but AOL have given no explanation for the shutdown. We can only suspect it is because interest in the software has waned in recent years as many users jumped ship to iTunes and similar platforms.

What software do you use to manage your music? Let us know in the comments section below.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

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  • Skidmarks

    Windows. It’s convenient and also happens to be my OS. As for the player, I’m not fussy as long as it’s free.

  • Myk SilentShadow

    R.I.P old friend, been using WinAmp since 99 and i’ve NEVER seen a player as good or as versatile and customizable as WinAmp.

  • Alistair Hardy

    Winamp is just so nice to use 🙁 it’s a shame it won’t get future support

    • Alistair Hardy

      i want them to open source it (or at least the android app) and let the community take over
      but it’s AOL
      I’ve got a better chance of going to the moon tomorrow…

  • John Peterson

    I started using Winamp in 1998 I believe. I remember before streaming had really caught on I used to hang out and use the streaming radio and later streaming video features that winamp had. For a long time winamp was my go to player for music and videos. SOOOOOOOOOOOO many hours spent programming visuals…..

    • John Peterson

      it really whips the LLAMAS ASS

  • Jeppe Carlsen

    Windows Media Player, thank you.

  • Alistair Hardy

    Petition to get AOL to release it under a form of open source that will let the community take over maintanence and development

  • david

    Foobar is the way to go if not winamp. The Linux of media players.

  • Sum1

    I made a transition form Winamp to AIMP long time ago, the only down side of the player that it doesn’t support video formats. I’ve been using the player for years and really enjoy more than Winamp.

  • André C

    Winamp since I fisrt discovered it in 99, for videos i go VLC tho… even the old versions are better than most new media players for music. 3rd thing i install wenever I make a clean instalation on the pc (1st being the OS and 2nd the antivirus)… RIP best music player, you have been a good alie (and I’ll give no rest to your soul).

  • Zeed

    Shit I am still using winamp on windows 8.1
    I was using it since i downloaded my first mp3s over 54kbit modem. On windows 95 ofc.

  • TrueWhitee

    Winamp FTW … AOL can go to hell!