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We contacted one of Winamp's team members, Eddy Richman, via Twitter to ask if the December 20th shutdown deadline was no longer valid and received this response: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

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?

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.

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).

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