Winamp lovers, rejoice. The media player has been given a new lease of life after AOL has decided to sell it off over the New Year. Although Winamp is not going to make its way to Microsoft’s headquarters, as was speculated earlier, it is certain to live on a while longer. TechCrunch, also owned by AOL, has now reported that Winamp and Shoutcast media players are being acquired by Radionomy, a online radio service. The deal is reported to be finalised by Friday, if not sooner.
Winamp lives on
Radionomy is a DIY platform for user-generated radio stations or channels. Currently, they claim to have 6,000 odd channels and users can choose from millions of songs to create their own. It also lets users upload their own creation and if a certain channel has enough of an audience, Radionomy will share ad revenue.
The connection between Radionomy and Winamp was noticed by a couple of people on the media player’s forums, who noted that Winamp’s name servers – but not Shoutcast's – had been transferred to Radionomy. The deal, however, is being made for both properties and not just for Winamp. Both Shoutcast and Winamp have been a hub for homegrown radio stations, and the products will definitely gell well with the Belgian company's service
AOL had, in a tiny notice posted on Winamp’s page, announced that it intended to shut down the media player for good. The company had acquired “Winamp.com and associated Web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013,” the notice read. “Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date.”
Fans of the media player were up in arms over AOL’s decision and former employees even blamed the company for not having had cared for Winamp enough when it purchased Nullsoft, the parent company. Users urged AOL to at least release the source codes for the player so it could be kept alive. It’s evident now that AOL was in talk with multiple companies and hence did not release the source codes. The Llama now smiles again.