Rumor: Winamp might not shut down after all on Friday

A month ago, it was announced that Winamp, one of the first PC software media players, would no longer be supported or made available for download by its owner AOL. Its last day is supposed to be on Friday, December 20th but now a new rumor claims that Winamp may be sticking around for at least a little while longer.

TechCrunch reports, via an unnamed source, that AOL is in talks with a potential buyer of Winamp and its Shoutcast streaming audio service. The article's source claims that it is "confident” that a deal can be made and that because the talks are so close to being completed, they don't believe that Winamp or Shoutcast will shut down on Friday as originally announced. For its part, AOL has not offered an official comment on any such talks.

TechCrunch previously reported that Microsoft might be in talks to acquire Winamp but so far the company has yet to confirm any interest in purchasing the rights from AOL. There's also a grass roots movement to ask AOL to turn Winamp over to the open source software community. An online petition for such a plan has now generated over 46,000 signatures as of this writing.

Source: TechCrunch | Image via AOL

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WinAmp's main appeal back in the day was that it was:

Free,
Skinable,
and to some, it had the best plugin support.

After AOL bought it, they started charging fees for certain versions, and it got crapped up a time or two with the release of Winamp 3 which broke compatibility with legacy skins and plugins.. It took a few years for things to get back to normal, with the release of Winamp 5 that combined compatibility for Winamp 2 and Winamp 3 skins.

I personally only like it any more because of it's Milkdrop visualizer, which is included in the free edition, and basically blows the doors off all other music visualization plugins. Except for maybe pay ones, like G-Force, but I never tried it.

I also usually just download the Winamp package, to extract the plugin to run in foobar2000 under a Winamp plugin wrapper like shpeck, cause I personally hate Winamp for everything else.

I haven't used Winamp for years, since it started to get bloated... it used to be an excellent MP3 player etc... but as soon as they started adding the ability to play videos it started going down hill.

If I were MS or some other players, I much rather buy it up on the relative cheap then risk AOL donating the source to the community or worse just tossing it in the corporate archives or garbage can. It's always been pretty solid product, at least the lighter versions and had value (at least to me). Anyway for personal playlist music it's always been my choice along with the classic skin because well... it really kicks the llama's assss.

Although I haven't used Winamp for a while if a buyer isn't found I hope AOL don't just kill it. Hopefully it will be open sourced so people can still work on it

WOW, WinAmp is still around? I have not installed it since the 90's. I am not shocked that AOL is shutting it down.

I would probably say let it go Free, but then I would be worried about people making, corrupted versions. There are enough programs filled with malware and viruses on the net, do not need another.

Hello,

MikadoWu said,

I would probably say let it go Free, but then I would be worried about people making, corrupted versions. There are enough programs filled with malware and viruses on the net, do not need another.

Since when do "free" programs get people to make corrupted versions?

My god, people need to think before they type!!!

Good to hear! I think there are many directions to take a music player so that it stays relevant in today's multi-platform environment, and that the Winamp Cloud feature looked promising.

Still a very good player after all these years. I'm OK with iTunes ont my MacBook and foobar2000 on my Windows desktop, but if I had to, I wouldn't mind using Winamp again, like I did in the 90s

I really "like" the fact, that winamp.com is completely silent about the shutdown on their frontpage. Like as if it was some minor small thing, they dont think the public deserves to be notified on their main page. I need to actually go to their download page, where they say download the latest version ASAP, as we are getting screwed today. But what if I didnt go there, and stayed on the main page? Stupid idiots, why do they bother showing the "there is no problem bro" company image, if they know clearly they have been f*cked up, and shutdown today.

Hello,

soder said,
I really "like" the fact, that winamp.com is completely silent about the shutdown on their frontpage. Like as if it was some minor small thing, they dont think the public deserves to be notified on their main page. I need to actually go to their download page, where they say download the latest version ASAP, as we are getting screwed today. But what if I didnt go there, and stayed on the main page? Stupid idiots, why do they bother showing the "there is no problem bro" company image, if they know clearly they have been f*cked up, and shutdown today.

Actually, they did have a notice when this was announced but removed it.

Thats good news

I downloaded the last version yesterday to be sure to have the latest version..
I wonder what will come of the plugins community.

I still prefer Winamp over any other music player, but damn, I really wish somebody would make a really good Windows 8/8.1/Metro/Zune skin for ClassicPro.

I'm suggesting that somebody make a skin, dude. Assuming anybody ever does, if you don't like then don't use it, it's not effing rocket science. Additionally, classic skin, really? Even the Bento skin is better than that. Well, to each their own, I guess.