For anyone who remembers the early era of mp3s, there was one music player that outdid them all, and that was Winamp.
The sleek skinnable music player quickly rose in popularity, and spawned a huge community that continued to release skins and plugins for the versatile player. Winamp’s Shoutcast online radio meant that anyone in the community was able to get up and running with their own online radio station in a matter of minutes. Despite Winamp losing ground over the years as more people opted to listen to music on the go rather than at their PC, the software still managed to holds it own and release new versions and updates regularly.
But that seems set to change, as a message posted today on Winamp’s website indicates that the site and associated downloads will be stopped by the end of this year. The message reads “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.”
Installed versions of Winamp will still continued to work past December 20th, it looks like no new versions of the software will be available for download. One can only hope that the player goes open-source in the end, so that dedicated community members can continue to work on and evolve this long-lost gem.