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Winamp Petition Emerges as Microsoft Considers Purchase

By - Source: Change.org | B 24 comments

A petition to save Winamp has appears as Microsoft considers a purchase.

As previously reported, AOL plans to shut down Winamp after serving music lovers for around 16 years. The company didn’t state why the long-time service and app will be discontinued, only reporting that Winamp will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. We can’t even use it through the holidays.

Now there’s a petition to keep Winamp alive by making the client open source. "Winamp is the best media player ever built. If there were other alternatives that would be fine. But there is nothing that can do what Winamp can do. It is the most versatile media player on earth," the petition reads.

"It can't be left to die. It must live on. If AOL allows it to go open source it WILL live on forever and be in the hands of people who love it and use it every day. Please help by asking AOL to keep it alive or allow this software to go open source," the petition adds.

In just a matter of days, the petition has already gathered 6,638 signatures of the 7,500 needed, and the number continues to grow.

The petition may be unnecessary, as there’s talk that Microsoft may actually purchase both Winamp and SHOUTcast, a media streaming service also developed by Nullsoft. Sources claim that AOL was actually planning to announce the closure of SHOUTcast next week, which was created in 1999 and purchased by AOL in the same year.

Unnamed sources told TechCrunch, which is owned by AOL, that the deal with Microsoft has not yet been finalized, as the two media giants are working on a price. However selling both reportedly “makes sense”, as AOL is shuttering and selling off other music assets as part of "bigger strategic shift to focus resources as a web publisher". In addition to TechCrunch, AOL also owns Engadget, Huffington Post and a number of other tech blogs.

On the Microsoft front, a SHOUTcast purchase makes sense, as Nullsoft’s platform acts as a portal to over 50,000 radio stations, and would be an ideal feature in the Xbox Music platform. Winamp, on the other hand, is a different story given that Windows Media Player handles audio file playback. Perhaps merging the two would mean Media Player will receive some cool new skins?

Microsoft and AOL have declined to comment on the acquisition reports, so stay tuned.

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    Yuka , November 22, 2013 11:02 AM
    Oh jeez. No, please no.

    Just make it opensource already so we can have it improved and put all its great features into more open stuff!

    Cheers!
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    back_by_demand , November 22, 2013 11:00 AM
    If anyone were to buy it I would prefer MS, the Winamp tech would def improve WMP and SHOUTcast would be excellent as an integrated radio hopper - please buy it!
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    Yuka , November 22, 2013 11:02 AM
    Oh jeez. No, please no.

    Just make it opensource already so we can have it improved and put all its great features into more open stuff!

    Cheers!
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    sublime2k , November 22, 2013 11:47 AM
    It would be better if it went open source, but Microsoft is better than dying, I suppose. It would be awesome if Microsoft replaced WMP (which sucks) with Winamp, but that will never happen.
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    p05esto , November 22, 2013 11:49 AM
    I'm still using a version of WinAmp that's probably 8yrs old. It works perfectly and does everythign I need, I use it all the time. Why exactly can't I keep using this version? If the WinAmp company goes away it won't affect me for another 10 years maybe. What am I missing here? They built the perfect MP3 player and could have retired 10 yrs ago.... there's no reason to keep updating and adding crap that no one uses.
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    giovanni86 , November 22, 2013 12:09 PM
    Now winamp being sold or going open source doesn't bug me at all, i would prefer the open source option. But the shoutcast streaming is my greatest concern since thats what i use winamp for. Other then that that is pretty much all i use winamp for is ShoutCast. If shoutcast go's away then no reason for me to have winamp to begin with. So i'm very concerned now.
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    Northwestern , November 22, 2013 12:17 PM
    Already signed it yesterday. I'd rather WinAmp become open source so a community that has better judgement and cooperation than a dying internet company can actually make it what it should have been a decade ago.
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    coolitic , November 22, 2013 12:20 PM
    Open-source is always better (well, almost always)
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    Northwestern , November 22, 2013 12:30 PM
    Already signed it yesterday. I'd rather WinAmp become open source so a community that has better judgement and cooperation than a dying internet company can actually make it what it should have been a decade ago.
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    stratplaya , November 22, 2013 12:45 PM
    With apps like Winamp I've always wondered, is there a point at which development should stop on the application? That perhaps the product is great as is and doesn't need more features so that it can do everything under the sun. Just fix bugs as they pop up and that's it.
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    knowom , November 22, 2013 12:58 PM
    I don't see why people care Foobar is all ready open source and does pretty much the same things Winamp does.
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    Dogsnake , November 22, 2013 1:40 PM
    The idea that MS will pick it up is intriguing. Since Windows continues to refuse to have native support for Flac. and other media formats, I wonder what they will do to WinAmp? As it is WMP is useless to me as my entire digital music collection is Flac. format and there are better ways to handle every other media format.
    First it will be changed to require security updates that break it. Then it will get features that none of us need. Oh yes a license will be needed by the user and activation with multiple system installation limitations will appear. All much needed improvements I have been waiting for.
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    mrmike_49 , November 22, 2013 2:37 PM
    Dogsnake hit it on the head about what will happen if M$ gets WinAmp
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    brike2001 , November 22, 2013 4:10 PM
    MS would kill all the cool features of Winamp and the result would be only a remembrance of what Winamp actually was. Can can we survive the death of Winamp? I myself use it for everything.
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    monsta , November 22, 2013 5:40 PM
    MS please save Winamp, been using Winamp since the start, it would be a real shame to lose it
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    stridervm , November 22, 2013 5:48 PM
    + Media Player Classic
    + Winamp
    + ????????
    + PROFIT!
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    Darkk , November 22, 2013 7:17 PM
    AOL... Please release the code as open source and don't let Microsoft buy it only to ruin it. This will make the best ever better!!
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    f-14 , November 23, 2013 12:27 AM
    HUFFINGTON POST IS NOT A TECH BLOG, LMFAO SOMEBODY IS KISSING ARSE FOR A JOB THERE AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

    i would not be sad to see mr parrish leave for huffington post, that is exactly where he should have been instead of getting a job at Tom's
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    f-14 , November 23, 2013 12:29 AM
    oh also good luck mr parrish with getting a perfectly suitable fit for you job at Huffington, please put in a good word for chris chase as well as you two would make a fabulous team for such a paper.
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    Pherule , November 23, 2013 1:37 AM
    Microsoft will ruin it like they ruined skype. I never used to have ads on skype 3.8, and now I have a ton of ads (and no you can't remove them, already checked the settings)
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    billgatez , November 23, 2013 5:11 AM
    MS buying Winamp. Probley end up charging you for every thing like with Skype,
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