Winamp isn't dead yet: Website and software still up past Dec. 20th deadline [Update]

The popular Winamp media player and its associated website were supposed to be shut down by its owners at AOL on Friday, December 20th. That deadline has come and gone and, lo and behold, both are still up and running as of this writing.

This fact would seem to lend credence to rumors that AOL is in serious talks with a company that would in theory acquire Winamp. The thinking is that the negotiations would give the site and the software a stay of execution until the deal is finalized. So far, the only company that has been named as a possible buyer is Microsoft. For its part, AOL has been completely silent about the future of Winamp beyond the December 20th deadline notice that was posted a month ago.

On Friday, there were many people and companies on the Internet that were lamenting the planned shutdown of Winamp in blog posts, Facebook messages and Tweets. One of them was the music streaming service Spotify. The company announced the release of an unofficial Windows program called Spotiamp. The software replicates the Winamp design but lets Spotify Premium users log into their account to stream music. It also supports Winamp visualization plugins and has a built in Shoutcast server so that the music can be sent to any hardware device that supports the streaming music program.

We plan to stay on top of what looks like will be a continuing saga and will post updates if any credible news on the future of Winamp is released.

Update: We contacted one of Winamp's team members, Eddy Richman, via Twitter to ask if the December 20th shutdown deadline was no longer valid and received this response:

Source: Winamp and Spotify | Image via Spotify

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Sowwy - it's still not dead; in fact, I am downloading it right now (12/22) from the main page (though it won't be my default media player - VLC is).

Be a shame to see it go as i used to use this all the time in the past, but i guess most people here did also.

With most content being streamed online via youtube, twitch and VLC as my main media player i no longer have a use for winamp.

Hope it becomes open source and 100% community managed or something this would be a respectful way to go.

Hello,

texasghost said,
Winamp pretty much died in 2008...I think that was the last time I ever used it.

So it died because it was the last time you ever used it?

What else has died then? iOS? Android? OS X? Linux? Facebook?

yeah, whatever

winamp was cool, i remember when i was introduced to it while i was still a noob with computers - i had windows media player that couldnt play my songs that were ripped off cds (at first it could, but not after a few months) then i installed winamp 2.95 and it played all my music

i used it for about 3 years till 2009, when i was playing world of warcraft and playing music with winamp, and it reduced my wow fps so i started looking for alternatives, found spider player, aimp and foobar2000

winamp was fun, but its a thing of the past now, with no perspective for improvement

riahc3 said,
Hello,

So it died because it was the last time you ever used it?

What else has died then? iOS? Android? OS X? Linux? Facebook?

I don't even know what that means...

It died for me...that's all I care about.

texasghost said,

It died for me...that's all I care about.

That's a sorry way to live then...

Winamp is far from dead.

Hello,

texasghost said,

I don't even know what that means...

It died for me...that's all I care about.


Well, you said it died in 2008. It was the last time you used it.

So you are stating that because it was the last time you used it, it died in 2008. Basically thats what I understood. Please clear it up if Im confused

So if it dies for you, thats all you care about. So then either WP/Android/iOS is dead for you Thats awesome and the reason why we have the techs we have nowadays working in positions which they cannot fill the requirements for....

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Well, you said it died in 2008. It was the last time you used it.

So you are stating that because it was the last time you used it, it died in 2008. Basically thats what I understood. Please clear it up if Im confused

So if it dies for you, thats all you care about. So then either WP/Android/iOS is dead for you Thats awesome and the reason why we have the techs we have nowadays working in positions which they cannot fill the requirements for....

If it dies for me..that's all I care about.

I don't care what you care about.

Hello,

texasghost said,

If it dies for me..that's all I care about.

I don't care what you care about.


So Windows 7/8 is dead I didnt find out till you made me open my eyes. Thanks!

texasghost said,

I don't care what you care about.

Why should we care about what you do or don't care about then?

wahoospa said,
The free version is still available to download but the pro version is no longer available.

I got it mirrored just in case.

Edit: nevermind... you just can't buy it anymore.

Riva said,
So Microsoft bought them out and they are bundling with Windows?
Yeah.. I think they will call it, Windows Media Player.

Someone save it for nostalgia's sake! I'm certain people that use it are a minority, but I don't like seeing useful stuff die! Anyhow, anyone but AOL owning it tends to be great news for software. AOL killed a lot of decent software before.

Mike Loney said,
Someone save it for nostalgia's sake! I'm certain people that use it are a minority, but I don't like seeing useful stuff die! Anyhow, anyone but AOL owning it tends to be great news for software. AOL killed a lot of decent software before.

I got it mirrored for the time being.

shinji257 said,

I got it mirrored for the time being.

Good. Still looks nicer than iTunes to me. Honestly I haven't used it but I'm sure lots of people do. It's supposedly very customizable.

I been using WinAMP a very long time ago,and is still my preferred audio player in Windows, I've seen a lot of programs in Linux trying to copy o the windows version, but none came close. I have to use iTunes because of my iPhone and iPads, but still when I need to play fast any sound or music, WinAMP is my choice.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
People still use Winamp?

They do, actually. Quite a few people I know still use it as their main media player, mostly because of the skins.

Tanshin said,
I use it for the extensions to listen to video game stream files. Not really something you can do with other players.

Pretty much spot on, which is a shame. Even audacious only supports spc.

KRazpopov said,

They do, actually. Quite a few people I know still use it as their main media player, mostly because of the skins.

Same. It is my primary media player. I have a pro key from way back. I'm considering on releasing it when the software is pulled from market. Obviously that might not happen if it gets bought by someone else.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
People still use Winamp?

Why wouldn't they? You think it's more dated than your cheap joke? Or maybe "Winamp is only good for downloading other media players"?

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
People still use Winamp?

It's still my fave media player. The UI just works and its what im used to. Whenever i use itunes/media monkey/etc etc it doesnt have what i want where i need it.

Tanshin said,
I use it for the extensions to listen to video game stream files. Not really something you can do with other players.

What formats/extensions are we talking about here? I'd bet there are decoders available for other players too.

Romero said,

What formats/extensions are we talking about here? I'd bet there are decoders available for other players too.


No, there isn't.
SPC, 2SF, GBS, GSF, HES, KSS, NSF, PSF, PSF2, SGC, USF, VGM, QSF, HPS, ADP, C64, SAP, SC68, etc.

n_K said,
No, there isn't.
SPC, 2SF, GBS, GSF, HES, KSS, NSF, PSF, PSF2, SGC, USF, VGM, QSF, HPS, ADP, C64, SAP, SC68, etc.

I'm pretty sure http://www.foobar2000.org/components/tag/game+music would help with some or all of those (and you can always request support for any missing ones on the forum). Matter of fact, even if you aren't interested in fb2k, if there's any format that's not supported yet I'd be glad to ask for it on your behalf (although obviously it's better if someone with lots of samples does the requesting). It's always good to have more choices, especially something still being actively developed.

Edited by Romero, Dec 21 2013, 7:46pm :

Foobar is a possibility. I haven't had time to look into it really though, I've just seen its name thrown around in relation to those formats.

Tanshin said,
Foobar is a possibility. I haven't had time to look into it really though, I've just seen its name thrown around in relation to those formats.

It is very much a possibility. Check out the link I posted above if you're ever interested.

n_K said,

No, there isn't.
SPC, 2SF, GBS, GSF, HES, KSS, NSF, PSF, PSF2, SGC, USF, VGM, QSF, HPS, ADP, C64, SAP, SC68, etc.

I bet most people don't use those formats.
I bet you can't get music in those formats from iTunes.

_Alexander said,

I bet most people don't use those formats.
I bet you can't get music in those formats from iTunes.

I use NSF a lot. It gets some really good bass on my speakers.

_Alexander said,

I bet most people don't use those formats.
I bet you can't get music in those formats from iTunes.

Oh god, itunes doesn't have those file formats, they must not be used ever never.
Obviously you didn't read what was said, the bit about them being native game music. I.e. a 4 hour long SPC file is a mere 67KB in size, and in 'apples formats on itunes' would be well over 200MB for the same quality.
Romero said,

I'm pretty sure http://www.foobar2000.org/components/tag/game+music would help with some or all of those (and you can always request support for any missing ones on the forum). Matter of fact, even if you aren't interested in fb2k, if there's any format that's not supported yet I'd be glad to ask for it on your behalf (although obviously it's better if someone with lots of samples does the requesting). It's always good to have more choices, especially something still being actively developed.


I've never used foobar personally but it might support the plugins, I moved over to linux to see audacious (continuation of xmms/winamp clone) lose support for a lot of those formats and they haven't bothered to fix them, the good thing about winamp is it runs fine in a WINE container.

n_K said,

I've never used foobar personally but it might support the plugins, I moved over to linux to see audacious (continuation of xmms/winamp clone) lose support for a lot of those formats and they haven't bothered to fix them, the good thing about winamp is it runs fine in a WINE container.

Well if you haven't even used alternatives to Winamp such as Foobar or XMPlay (which also has tons of input plugins available), why state "No, there isn't" so emphatically? Maybe that's the case with Linux (I can't confirm), but there certainly are alternatives for Windows. Winamp is/was a great player no doubt, but it's not the be all and end all of music players. That said, even if it does end up getting killed off one day, you can continue enjoying the final version in Linux till it breaks.

Edit: Just occurred to me, since most of these formats are basically just instrument numbers with control data and not actual audio data (hence the small size), would it not be possible for the community to create a universal standard to which all of these could be converted to losslessly? Would certainly help with all this format hell and ease playback a lot. Perhaps something like this already exists?

Edited by Romero, Dec 22 2013, 5:49am :