After 16 Years of Success, Winamp Will Shut Down
Article by George Norman
On 21 Nov 2013
Winamp, the properly good media player that’s been around for more than 16 years, will be shut down. AOL decided to close Winamp come the 20th of December.

On the aforementioned date, the Winamp.com website, associated web services, and Winamp media players will no longer be available for download. You can continue to use Winamp, but you will be using an application that is no longer supported. This means no security updates, no bug fixes, no new features.

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Sad news for fans of the Winamp media player. AOL, the company that purchased Winamp in 1999 for $80 million in stock, decided to shut it down. The official Winamp.com website and all associated web services will go dark come the 20th of December. The Winamp media player itself will no longer be available for download on the same date.

The Winamp media player will no longer be supported, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still use it. The Winamp team advises you to go get the latest version before the 20th of December, the date when the media player will no longer be available for download. You can get the latest Winamp release, Winamp version 5.66, from the official Winamp.com website or you can get it right here on FindMySoft.

It’s sad to see Winamp go the way of the dodo. The browser has been around for more than 16 years (the initial release dates to April 21, 1997) and it has always been a key software application on my machines. Winamp was one of the first applications I installed on my PC and one of few applications that held a permanent place on my machine.

Guess I have two choices now that Winamp will be shut down. I can continue to use a media player that is no longer supported, which is not advisable, or I’ll have to find another media player to take Winamp’s place. That shouldn’t be hard, since there are plenty of powerful and versatile media players out there.




Tags: Winamp, AOL, Microsoft, Windows, media player
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