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Winamp May Live On Thanks to New Owner

By - Source: TechCrunch | B 16 comments

The latest supposed purchaser of Winamp is Radionomy.

Although no official announcement is currently available, AOL-owned TechCrunch reports that Winamp is still alive and kicking despite the warning residing on the website. The latest version of the media player is 5.666, which AOL suggested users needed to download before the file was supposedly pulled on December 20, 2013. As of this writing, users can still download the client from the main Winamp site.

" 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.

Previous reports indicated that the shutdown was put on hold due to negotiations with an unnamed buyer. Sources would not cough up the mystery party's identity, but merely expressed their confidence in the deal being finalized soon.

Previous talk pegged Microsoft as the lucky buyer, speculating that SHOUTcast could be integrated into the Xbox Music platform. However, the latest rumor surrounding Winamp and SHOUTcast is that Brussels, Belgium-based Radionomy, an international aggregator of online radio stations, may be the proud new owner. The news arrives by way of several people on the Winamp forums who saw that Winamp's nameservers were transferred to Radionomy.

Sources told TechCrunch that the deal is for both AOL properties, and will likely be signed, sealed and delivered by Friday, if not already. Radionomy is similar to Pandora in that users can create their own stations. The company claims that it has more than 13 million unique listeners, more than 6,000 stations, and pumps out more than 42 million hours of streaming music each month.

"The Radionomy platform encourages fans to build stations drawing from a licensed library of more than 80,000 songs and content," reads the company's promo sheet. "Radionomy takes care of online broadcasting, live functions, author rights, scheduling, audience reporting and metrics and storage for programmers who want to add their own songs and other content or podcasts. And, Radionomy pumps out the music in high quality 128 kbs sound."

As of this writing, AOL and Radionomy have not provided a statement regarding the latest rumor. Perhaps we shall have one on Friday before CES 2014 kicks into high gear.

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    Darkk , January 2, 2014 6:09 PM
    Most of us were hoping that AOL release it as open source so it can be further developed to work on all platforms. Ah well. Least it's still alive...hopefully not on life support.
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    eriko , January 2, 2014 8:00 PM
    Good news.

    I still use my Winamp everyday.

    One of my customers was very surprised to see it, "Is that still going?" Yep, I told him. Alive and well.

    Mostly I use it for FLAC. Tend to use VLC for videos, so I can block Winamp from web access, as I don't like it downloading information etc.
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    nevilence , January 2, 2014 9:35 PM
    I have been using Winamp for as long as I can remember, first media player I really got attached to. It would be sad to see the player disappear
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    agnickolov , January 2, 2014 10:02 PM
    128kbps is fair quality, not high. Try 256kbps instead. I personally rip my CDs in 320kbps.
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    keigo_kanzaki , January 2, 2014 10:12 PM
    This is good news for us Winamp loyal users, indeed.
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    dubsubnetwork , January 2, 2014 10:44 PM
    pff high quality 128k.... lmao.... my station on shoutcast runs at 320k
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    memadmax , January 2, 2014 11:18 PM
    Hmm, this seems good keeping winamp itself alive...

    But I dunno about shoutcast...

    I got a gut feeling that it's not looking good in that aspect...
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    j4ckl3 , January 2, 2014 11:29 PM
    Oddly enough, I don't listen to music. I am more the audiobook kind of guy. One thing that I think this app still has going for it is a nice add as a shoutcast client. I hope it keeps going as is.
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    Tassadar , January 2, 2014 11:40 PM
    I stopped using Winamp several years ago. AIMP3 is so much better in all of the features that it has. Winamp has failed me, even the search function would freeze the player for several seconds if a large playlist is loaded. Screw that, AIMP FTW!
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    Vorador2 , January 3, 2014 1:21 AM
    Since i switched to foobar2000 i've never looked back. Still, i used Winamp a lot when i started with this newfangled "internet" thing and was amazed by the amount of skins, so i hope it keeps whipping the llama's ass somewhere :) 
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    wtfxxxgp , January 3, 2014 2:54 AM
    Still use Winamp as well. When you don't want a bunch of frills and just went to get your music on, then whip the llama's ass! :D  It hasn't given me any issues at all.
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    digiex , January 3, 2014 3:38 AM
    I love Winamp autotag function.
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    gm0n3y , January 3, 2014 11:59 AM
    I stopped using Winamp when they started adding all of the bloat (somewhere in the 2.x era). I still use the pre-bloat release every once in a while. Is the latest version any good? I've been using Grooveshark for the most part over the past couple of years.
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    boju , January 3, 2014 7:33 PM
    128kbps is fair quality, not high. Try 256kbps instead. I personally rip my CDs in 320kbps.

    i have a friend that did that, ripping songs that were recorded in 128kbps to 320kbps. Not only was there any difference, the size of the file was tripled.

    Songs, streams, whatever. Original content needs to be recorded originally at 320kbps otherwise wasting bandwidth for nothing.
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    urbanman2004 , January 4, 2014 12:28 AM
    never cared for winamp... i just dont like extra installations on my pc. i know i will catch a lot of flames for sayin that i rather use windows media player instead.
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    doped , January 5, 2014 10:35 AM
    running winamp since 2001. Thanks for m3u, pls etc. Thanks for hours of internet radio, for hours of album listening, thanks for global hotkeys, thanks for everything winamp. I'll keep you as long as i can use windows and listen to music.