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Winamp May Not Be Doomed After All

By - Source: TechCrunch | B 28 comments

Unnamed sources have informed AOL-owned TechCrunch that the company is finalizing negotiations with an unnamed party that's interested in purchasing Winamp and Shoutcast. The news arrives after AOL announced last month that both services would close after December 20, which is today. As of this writing, both are still up and running.

Sources would not cough up the real identity of the buyer, but they are extremely "confident" that an agreement between the two will be reached. Sources also stated that the December 20 shutdown will not take place while negotiations are still on the table. However, the warning on the Winamp page still exists.

"Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date. See release notes for latest improvements to this last release. Thanks for supporting the Winamp community for over 15 years," reads the warning.

Just a day after the warning went up, there was talk that Microsoft was interested in saving the services, and the two media giants were working on a price. For AOL, selling both reportedly "makes sense" given that the media company is shuttering and selling off other music assets. The move is part of a "bigger strategic shift to focus resources as a web publisher."

Currently, there's a petition over on Change.org, and nearly 47,000 out of 50,000 Winamp fans have already signed. A final notice to AOL is also posted on the petition site, revealing that AOL has not responded to previous attempts for more information.

"We feel that after so many years you owe it to your customers to give more information than just one short paragraph on your website," the letter reads. "In anticipation we are hoping that a more substantial message will be announced by AOL soon."

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    memadmax , December 20, 2013 2:31 PM
    I hope it's a level-headed entrepreneur that is buying it in order to keep it "alive" but not change it into some monstrous "thing" that we have seen before.

    If it's MS, so be it, but I hope they don't change it into a pile of crap like they have been famous for lately *cough* win8 *cough*...
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    bochica , December 20, 2013 3:37 PM
    MS needs Winamp. The media player is replaced just as much as IE is.
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    rohitbaran , December 20, 2013 5:15 PM
    At this point, anyone who is buying Winamp is most likely not someone with a media player of their own already, since there will be little point in 'killing' an already dead (no longer supported) software. I don't think it is MS.
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    mavroxur , December 20, 2013 5:44 PM
    I haven't used WinAmp since like 2000.
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    tolham , December 20, 2013 6:56 PM
    everyone should be migrating to foobar2000 anyway.
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    Darkk , December 20, 2013 8:12 PM
    Damn...I was really hoping they just release it as open source so it can be improved by the community. I sense dark times coming around.
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    p05esto , December 20, 2013 8:21 PM
    But what's the point? I still run a version of WinAmp that's at least 5 years old and it works perfect, use it daily. You can't improve upon perfection so really what else does it need?
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    back_by_demand , December 20, 2013 10:58 PM
    Reynod, you are a soulless troll (who I worship daily) ... back under the bridge with you!
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    shahrooz , December 21, 2013 12:35 AM
    winamp is a good program but I've been using AIMP for some time now (4~5 years)
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    bryonhowley , December 21, 2013 12:49 AM
    I really see not point at all in postponing WinAmp's death it should have gone the way of the dodo years ago. Let it die already. Mediocre is really to nice to describe it. A total piece of Shit would much closer to it.
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    Reynod , December 21, 2013 1:06 AM
    Quote:
    Reynod, you are a soulless troll, back under the bridge with you!


    Remember the last time you tried to cross my bridge without paying the toll ... which was as I recall to do with treating other users with a bit of respect.

    Oh ... my moderator status thingy isn't displaying correctly ... its a hiccup.

    Note I edited your post for proof.

    :) .



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    Pherule , December 21, 2013 1:29 AM
    Glad I switched to Aimp 3. It's loads better, and portable! In a world where you're forced onto the likes of Windows 8 that occasionally nukes itself and requires a system wipe and re-load, having as much of your software as possible - portable, makes a world of difference.
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    Remaxer , December 21, 2013 2:08 AM
    Gezz just let it die already
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    h2c357 , December 21, 2013 3:37 AM
    VLC FTW
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    k7mm , December 21, 2013 7:59 AM
    I use media monkey and foobar now.
    Like another AOL take over...They should open sorce it and let a community take it over like netscape did with firefox
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    viometrix , December 21, 2013 2:57 PM
    oh I thought that program died years ago... good riddance
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    Caffeinecarl , December 21, 2013 7:35 PM
    I use Winamp EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
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    klockwerk , December 22, 2013 6:11 AM
    Tried Aimp for last 2 days, didn't like it. No cover art and little info. FooBar2000 is worth having, but Winamp is still the best! It's local media library view, album art and visualizations are unequaled. What else shows 1000 by 1000 cover art? It could get better if it cycled through all the .jpgs, nothing does that yet.
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    falchard , December 22, 2013 1:16 PM
    I have not used Winamp in almost a decade. I switched to Core media player, then just stop installing a 3rd party media player as most of the media I enjoy is through a browser.
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