It's official: Winamp (and Shoutcast) saved via Radionomy purchase

For a while, it was not looking good for Winamp. Its long time owner AOL announced a couple of months ago it would shut down development of the popular media player software on December 20th. However, that day came and went with the Winamp player and website still online and working, fueling Internet rumors that a deal to acquire the software was in the works.

Today, the Internet streaming audio company Radionomy confirmed previous rumors that it has bought Winamp from AOL, along with its related Shoutcast streaming audio service. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but TechCrunch claims, via unnamed sources, that Radionomy paid between $5-10 million for the properties and AOL also bought a 12 percent stake in the company.

Radionomy launched in 2008 and in addition to letting users listen to Internet radio stations, it also offers tools to let people create their own online music or talk show stations they can host themselves. The company claims it currently has 13 million unique listeners.

In today's press release, Radionomy CEO Alexandre Saboundjian stated they plan to develop "new functionalities" for Winamp "dedicated to desktop, mobile, car systems, connected devices and all other platforms." The acquisition of Shoutcast will also expand Radionomy's U.S. presence, with the company claiming that it will now be able to offer its listeners access to "approximately half of all streamed internet radio worldwide."

Source: TechCrunch | Image via Winamp

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Wow, this was some great news. hail to winamp! it was my all time music player and it will be. I have a feeling that maybe winamp is going to have a brighter future now that it's out of AOL claws.... but we just need to wait and see.

Good.

I don't care if people suggest better players to me. In 15 years, I've had no issue with Winamp, I even loved Winamp 3. I was devastated to hear AOL was pulling the pin.

Well, mostly good news. I presume there will be a first update rebranding stuff.

But whenever I hear "they plan to develop 'new functionalities'" I begin to lose faith. I use WinAmp because it is relatively compact. I can't think of a "new functionality" that I actually want added. Mostly I expect to see more streaming, which isn't something I'm into at all.

The whole market reminds me of Blu-Ray. I won't want a bloody internet connection to watch a movie. I want to put in the disc, hit play, and watch. Maybe listen to commentary. I don't want to chat with friends watching the same movie somewhere else.

I wish someone would pick up Sonique. Back in the day, that had better audio quality than Winamp,
even if it's default GUI skin wasn't particularly nice to look at. Some would say fugly. The range of
additional skins available were mostly cool, but some were hideous!

As I recall, Sonique was acquired by Lycos, then eventually abandoned during developement of
what would've been v2.0. A few betas were released, but that was it. The last non-beta version
of Sonique was v1.96 (IIRC) and I still use that myself occasionally.

As for Winamp ... I'm still using v2.95 of that!

"Back in the day" is important, because MP3 decoders used by the well-known audio players are the mostly same now quality-wise, and anyway who cares when you can just bitstream lossless audio to a decoder? What's the point of resurrecting Sonique when there's no real advantage quality-wise to using it in 2014?

Romero said,

What's the point of resurrecting Sonique when there's no real
advantage quality-wise to using it in 2014?


For me at least, it's was the pitch control dial in the "audio enhancement control" drawer.

I do know that other similar MP3 player programs had (or perhaps still have) a similar
feature for altering the pitch/tempo of tracks, but I preferred the way Sonique did it.

When I was doing occasional online radio DJ-ing, I used this feature like many of the
commercial radio stations do on there far more sophisticated setups do, as a way
to squeeze more tracks in, especailly if I had a specifically set timeslot.

i doubt that

for a while there wont be any new releases, then they will probably integrate shoutcast and winamp into radionomy or vice versa and so on.. i just hope that winamp finally gets a descent skin update

Are we seriously still hung up on this? Winamp 5 IS Winamp 2 with additonal plugins to support Winamp3 skinning and other features (e.g. Media Library). If you install the "lite" version of Winamp 5 you're just using a more up to date version of Winamp 2.

</rant>

They didn't actually drop the codebase. Most of it is still there, it's just re-purposed. Also, interesting side node, the guy who created the sound output plugin is the same guy who wrote FooBar2000

Good to hear. I didn't want to change my music player really. One of the reasons why I'm still using Winamp is the Shoutcast radio.

I think it's either going to get bloated now, or the desktop version will be abandoned in favor of mobile versions for Android, iOS etc.

AIMP3 with skin and visualisation and a nice and working WASAPI is using 21 MB of RAM, compared to Winamp Modern (with virtually no additions).
I was a Hardcore Winamp user for years (started with Beta 0.80! ) but two months ago I have switched and never looked back.

With a playlist of 5000+ items, playing back a tune from that list with Modern skin my Winamp is using 47Mb of RAM. iTunes open and idle is using 226Mb.

What makes you think Winamp is bloated?