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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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