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Winamp Shutting Down On December 20

Soulskill posted about 8 months ago | from the llama-finally-whipped-back dept.

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New submitter Cid Highwind writes "If you want to download the latest version of Winamp, you'd better do it soon. According to a new banner on the download page, AOL will be pulling the plug on the iconic llama-whipping music player in a month. '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.' Ars Technica ran an article last year detailing how the music player lost its dominance."

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400 comments

yay first po$t (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475457)

eh first po$t

FB2K FTW (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475469)

Foobar2000 is great!

Re:FB2K FTW (5, Insightful)

Russ1642 (1087959) | about 8 months ago | (#45475581)

No it isn't. You collect pieces of Foobar and put them together to try to get something that acts sort of like a music player.

Re:FB2K FTW (4, Insightful)

baka_toroi (1194359) | about 8 months ago | (#45475897)

Try managing 150000+ files on Winamp and tell me how it goes. Now try that again with Foobar.

Re:FB2K FTW (1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45476039)

Try managing 150000+ files on Winamp and tell me how it goes. Now try that again with Foobar.

I'll try that just as soon as I've earned enough concussions to be either enough of a hoarding audiophile or a douchebag wannabe DJ* to have 150,000+ audio files that absolutely NEED to be cataloged. Meanwhile, here in the other almost-all of the human population, we need a slightly more relevant, real-world reason.

*: The two are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

Re:FB2K FTW (4, Insightful)

epyT-R (613989) | about 8 months ago | (#45476289)

A society that only satisfies the lowest common denominator is no society I'd want to live in. foobar is targeted at digital audio fans. Everyone else uses whatever default their OS assigns.. It's nice to know that foobar is quick and efficient even for those who don't have that many files.

Re:FB2K FTW (1)

locopuyo (1433631) | about 8 months ago | (#45476247)

I have 80gb of music and winamp works great for me.

Re:FB2K FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475903)

Acts sort of like? Well, my music player (hint:fb2k).. uhh.. plays music*. What does yours do?

The pieces I had to collect were totally irrelevant: winamp integration dll for MilkDrop2, scrobbler for last.fm, ..yeah, that's pretty much it.

*: among some other rarely used but necessary stuff, such as converting files.

Re:FB2K FTW (4, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 8 months ago | (#45475919)

No it isn't. You collect pieces of Foobar and put them together to try to get something that acts sort of like a music player.

I think that we are seeing the fundamental collision between the "Freedom is good, freedom indistinguishable from Turing completeness is better!" camp and the "I've got a task to do here, Make It So." camp...

In the context of a relatively prosaic problem like music playing, I'm more inclined to sympathize with the latter camp (though not to the extent of some shit like iTunes); though my sympathy for the former camp leads me to desire an ideal solution that would consist of a sane set of default pieces of Foobar, more or less approximating WinAmp, with the option to go down to the basement and tamper with the advanced EQ settings, custom plugins, audio-oriented LISP implementation, etc.

Re:FB2K FTW (1)

sleekware (1109351) | about 8 months ago | (#45476297)

I was a big fan of Winamp and I converted to foobar2000 for my music a few years ago. It's true that it can be cumbersome out of box, but I save my settings and it works for me and it's the only player I use now. It is much different from Winamp, but I like it much better. That being said it isn't for everyone, but if you like to tweak the heck out of things it's your friend. Interesting yet, the guy who wrote foobar used to do some work for the creators of Winamp:

foobar2000 is a freeware audio player for Windows developed by Peter Pawlowski, a former freelance contractor for Nullsoft. It is known for its highly modular design, breadth of features, and extensive user flexibility in configuration. For example, the user-interface is completely customizable.[5] Its extensive SDK allows third-party developers enough power to completely replace the interface. foobar2000 supports a large number of audio file formats, has many features for organising metadata, files, and folders, and has a converter interface for use with command line encoders. To maximize audio fidelity in cases where resampling or downscaling in bit depth is required, it provides noise shaping and dithering. There are a number of official and third-party components which add many additional features. The core is closed source, whereas the SDK is licensed under the BSD license.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foobar2000 [wikipedia.org] foobar2000 site: http://www.foobar2000.org/ [foobar2000.org] download: http://www.foobar2000.org/download [foobar2000.org]

Re:FB2K FTW (1)

Joce640k (829181) | about 8 months ago | (#45475593)

Not as good as Winamp Lite.

Re:FB2K FTW (2)

war4peace (1628283) | about 8 months ago | (#45475899)

You should really try AIMP3. I've been using it for years.
For remote functionality (being able to access your music - and videos - from anywhere) I use PLEX Media Server.

Re:FB2K FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475831)

I think so too. I use it at home primarily. It handles flac and wav which make up a large portion of my library. WAV files are from LP and it allows for gapless playback so as to keep continuous grooves continuous. Database capability allows you to enter artist, album name, track names, etc. for wav files which don't normally allow for metadata. Great application. The nice thing about the pluggins is that you only take what you use and don't get bogged down with numerous features. I have it running in the background while playing wow often times with vent running as well and there's never a hiccup.

Re: FB2K FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475907)

black night 2000 fun as well

Re:FB2K FTW (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475959)

I think you meant VLC Player.

Re:FB2K FTW (5, Insightful)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | about 8 months ago | (#45476107)

VLC's terrible for music. Ever noticed the pitch bending? Bad playlist controls? Long initialization times? Lack of seamless transition?

Re:FB2K FTW (1)

lesincompetent (2836253) | about 8 months ago | (#45476159)

Even though i love VLC, i must agree with you on this :(

Re:FB2K FTW (3, Interesting)

AlphaWolf_HK (692722) | about 8 months ago | (#45476219)

Indeed.

My media player of choice these days is MPC-HC for casual listening with XBMC for dedicated playing. MPC-HC, while not a perfect interface, does the job and doesn't have these strange delays and buffering that VLC runs into, while at the same time supporting bit perfect playback via WASAPI.

XBMC is beautiful, but if it had a minimalist mode in addition to its 10 foot UI I'd probably use it exclusively. It also does an amazing job at cataloging your media if you want it to.

A sad day (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475483)

No more llama ass-whipping :(

Re:A sad day (5, Insightful)

BitZtream (692029) | about 8 months ago | (#45475549)

Indeed, looks like AOL finally managed to kill it.

Lets face it, everyone thought this was going to happen years ago when AOL first bought it, its amazing its JUST NOW being shut down, though according to the article it appears to be a profitable business unit and AOL is just shutting it down to cut off its own nose.

a sad day we foresaw (1)

themushroom (197365) | about 8 months ago | (#45475601)

I hate to admit it (okay, not really) that I knew this was going to happen when AOL bought WinAmp... since it was AOL that was waning in popularity and WinAmp that was flying high.

For the purpose of recording it: Same story with Yahoo obtaining Tumblr to buy some continued relevance, since Yahoo itself and its property Flickr have both been fallings stars.

Re:a sad day we foresaw (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475751)

I hate to admit it (okay, not really) that I knew this was going to happen when AOL bought WinAmp... since it was AOL that was waning in popularity and WinAmp that was flying high.

It took almost 15 years for your prediction to come true. I don't consider that a useful prediction.

1999 (1)

themushroom (197365) | about 8 months ago | (#45476007)

Okay, yes, it did take 14 years for that to happen. Odds were by 2005 AOL would sink the ship -- but it turns out people still needed MP3 and CD playing software on their computers, no matter who owned Nullsoft.

So now what will AOL rely upon to keep it relevant?

Overheard from an AOL executive (1)

Provocateur (133110) | about 8 months ago | (#45476095)

What do you CD warehouse? Start shipping them ASAP!

Re:a sad day we foresaw (1)

Minter92 (148860) | about 8 months ago | (#45475785)

Yeah but it's not like losing tubmlr would harm anything :)

Re:A sad day (2)

Jason Levine (196982) | about 8 months ago | (#45476071)

according to the article it appears to be a profitable business unit and AOL is just shutting it down to cut off its own nose.

This is even bigger news than WinAMP shutting down! AOL has a profitable business unit?!!

Thanks AOL, thanks for nothing. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475489)

Completely agree with arstechnica. Used Winamp from day one until they got bought.

A victim of animal cruelty legislation... (5, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 8 months ago | (#45475491)

After all these years, the Llama will finally have its vengeance...

Re:A victim of animal cruelty legislation... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475725)

I was going to say the llama has finally whipped winamp's ass.

foobar2000 (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | about 8 months ago | (#45475499)

I switched to foobar2000 [foobar2000.org] a long time ago as my light weight music player.

Re:foobar2000 (1)

Joce640k (829181) | about 8 months ago | (#45475589)

What's "light weight" about that?

I'm going to stick with Winamp Lite.

Re:foobar2000 (2)

SoupGuru (723634) | about 8 months ago | (#45476057)

If you're looking for lightweight on Windows, check out xmplay. It's sitting at 334.4k. Sounds good, supports a lot of formats, has plugins, skinnable, integrates into your context menu if you want...

Not affiliated with them but I've used their program happily for years now.

http://www.un4seen.com/ [un4seen.com]

Those responsible... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475501)

... have been sacked.

Shit sandwich people, OPEN WIDE. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475529)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/11/20/second-wave-health-plan-cancellations-looms/

"Second wave of health plan cancellations looms

A new and independent analysis of ObamaCare warns of a ticking time bomb, predicting a second wave of 50 million to 100 million insurance policy cancellations next fall -- right before the mid-term elections.

The next round of cancellations and premium hikes is expected to hit employees, particularly of small businesses. While the administration has tried to downplay the cancellation notices hitting policyholders on the individual market by noting they represent a relatively small fraction of the population, the swath of people who will be affected by the shake-up in employer-sponsored coverage will be much broader. "

That bears repeating "50 million to 100 million insurance policy cancellations" and "the swath of people who will be affected by the shake-up in employer-sponsored coverage will be much broader".

That means YOU are next on the chopping block.

Shit sandwich people, OPEN WIDE.

Re:Shit sandwich people, OPEN WIDE. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475851)

Fox News = Lies, Lies & more Lies, dumbass.

Re:Shit sandwich people, OPEN WIDE. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45476045)

Excuse me genius, I provide substance, based on independent analysis.

You attack, call names and invoke vitriol, and nothing more.

Are you proud of yourself? This is really the best you have?

FNC is the most popular cable news outlet, FACT. Tens of thousands are seeing their health insurance plans cancelled today FACT. More cancellations are coming FACT.

You may dislike FNC and that is your right, I do not dispute this, but simply sourcing a thing from FNC does not equal a lie. We like to use this thing we call logic in the real world. I'm not sure what it is you use... wherever your world is.

You can understand these things or not, I frankly don't give a shit. But the truth is cancellations are coming to more and more of you sheeple Democrats who were promised free healthcare; reality is quite different, and your calling "lies" changes nothing at all.

Except it makes me laugh. Out loud in fact.

Open wide drone, take your bite of the shut sandwich, and like it.

WinAMP still rocks (5, Interesting)

CanEHdian (1098955) | about 8 months ago | (#45475553)

In "classic" skin you have the good old nice and small interface, and it has excellent 24bit support... Fraunhofer Institute codecs... all sorts of goodies. I wonder what will happen to people who (recently) bought the Pro upgrade...

Re:WinAMP still rocks (2)

unique_parrot (1964434) | about 8 months ago | (#45475801)

Yes, I liked it too, in fact I still like it!
When I had surround sound I loved the dfx plugin, which really was impressive...
So my question is: What now???
The music library database will be hard to replace :(

Re:WinAMP still rocks (1)

houghi (78078) | about 8 months ago | (#45476033)

I wonder what will happen to people who (recently) bought the Pro upgrade...

I am sure those people will be fine. It is software, not medicine. So I doubt people will die when it isn't available anymore.

Re:WinAMP still rocks (1)

sandytaru (1158959) | about 8 months ago | (#45476227)

Yep, I still use it exclusively because of the classic skin.

Now I have to find another player that uses Milkdrop visulizations, don't I?

the Winamp interface lives on! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475557)

Thanks to XMMS [xmms.org] , Audacious [audacious-...player.org] and many other open-source projects [sourceforge.net] , the Winamp legacy lives on!

Re:the Winamp interface lives on! (2)

Hatta (162192) | about 8 months ago | (#45475599)

XMMS is long dead. And Audacious has relegated the winamp interface to second class status.

Re:the Winamp interface lives on! (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475821)

QMMP [ylsoftware.com] on the other hand seems quite alive.

Re:the Winamp interface lives on! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45476169)

unfortunately the ones that replaced it look more like full-desktop browsers. I wanna listen to my tunes, not read.

so what should i be using now? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475559)

i guess i was the only one left using it??

what should i go to now? I mostly played the shoutcast stations along with the music i converted from itunes a few years ago. I also use it exclusively on android.

v5.35 is the best (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475569)

I still use Winamp as my primary music player. It supports all kinds of archaic file formats like tracker modules and OPL soundtracks (via AdPlug). Great for listening to old game soundtracks for example. Also, Shoutcast MP3 or AAC streaming internet radios like Digitally Imported are convenient and work great.

v.5.35 was the last good version. The installer for that one still let you choose what parts to install. You could easily omit all the bundled crapware like "Sonic burning engine". After 5.35, the installer was dumbed down.

Re:v5.35 is the best (1)

Joce640k (829181) | about 8 months ago | (#45475847)

v.5.35 was the last good version. The installer for that one still let you choose what parts to install. You could easily omit all the bundled crapware like "Sonic burning engine". After 5.35, the installer was dumbed down.

...or you could just get the "Lite" version.

Re:v5.35 is the best (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45476113)

Tracker module support in WinAmp isn't all that good. There are some features that WinAmp's default decoder really doesn't get right.

gapless MP3 playback FTW! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475577)

I don't like how VLC still puts gaps in my MP3 playlist. WinAMP has never had a gap between songs that flow into the next track.

Popular on Android (1)

evilviper (135110) | about 8 months ago | (#45475613)

Actually, WinAmp is one of the better music players available for Android. They've made it freemium, trying to get you to pay $30 for an EQ and whatnot, but it's still got one of the better UIs if you want to use your phone as an MP3 player.

I've switched to RocketPlayer, because I want more format support, like MusePack, AAC, etc., and being able to EDIT those tags you're at the mercy of, in the player is a killer feature, too.

Re:Popular on Android (1)

mlts (1038732) | about 8 months ago | (#45475701)

The one thing I will miss is the fact that Winamp's desktop application and the Winamp Android app can sync with each other. The $30 bones for Winamp premium was well worth it.

On the desktop, other players and managers have slowly eclipsed it (for example, I've switched to MediaMonkey for general MP3 tagging stuff), but it being gone will definitely leave a gap in the Android audio player market. Hopefully something as good or better can come along (be it free, "freemium", or a commercial app.)

It is amazing it survived this long.

Re:Popular on Android (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475703)

I use power amp on my android. Gapless playback, support for WAV, flac, has a library feature, eq, tone, playlists, etc it does everything I need.

dear aol, (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475617)

why not just spin-off the former nullsoft back into its own, independently owned company, with all its current and former tech and patents and products, and let it fend for itself.. it would likely survive just fine on its own.. i.e. without YOU.

Re:dear aol, (3, Insightful)

mlts (1038732) | about 8 months ago | (#45475717)

Just an updated version of NSIS that supported MSI, MSP and MSU files would make NullSoft a profitable company within months.

Oh Man- My Lightshow (5, Interesting)

gnarfel (1135055) | about 8 months ago | (#45475619)

My very first light shows we're done using AVS Studio plugin. It was sick. You could render text, create complicated intricate patterns, specify coloring directly (not just a pass filter over an existing image) and even adjust all of it in real time on a second monitor. Modern VJ apps like arkaos and resolume don't even dent the surface of the on-the-fly stuff you could do in AVS, even if they do have more features overall.

Huh? Color me confused. (1)

Dripdry (1062282) | about 8 months ago | (#45475625)

So a venture capitalist apparently offered the creator 5 million for Winamp and that was declined... so... wouldn't that mean there are other plans for the IP?

Re:Huh? Color me confused. (4, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 8 months ago | (#45475967)

I think that AOL may have reached the point where they've started outsourcing management to the same senile old people who are their core dialup subscriber base.

Open source it. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475627)

Just do it.

Re:Open source it. (0)

Forbo (3035827) | about 8 months ago | (#45475675)

You had the same thought I did, but apparently two minutes sooner. :-P

Re:Open source it. (1)

unixisc (2429386) | about 8 months ago | (#45475723)

...and port it - come up w/ LinuxAmp, BSDamp, HaikuAmp, and any other amps you can think of

Re:Open source it. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45476085)

HurdAmp?

Here's to hoping... (4, Interesting)

Forbo (3035827) | about 8 months ago | (#45475651)

...that someone who had been working on it "accidentally" leaks the source.

Re:Here's to hoping... (4, Interesting)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 8 months ago | (#45476029)

...that someone who had been working on it "accidentally" leaks the source.

That might actually be a worse result. Unless there are Winamp-specific features/interfaces that are either difficult to clone or near-impossible to get full compatibility with, without the source, leaked-but-unlicensed source would just cast suspicion on any winamp-like projects, and fall into a difficult-to-develop for legal grey area (since the source leak itself would be hot, patchsets would presumably be legal; but actual compilation would require hanging out in warez circles and leave the resulting build illegal to distribute.)

Kind of like the issues XBMC had, back when they actually supported Xboxes. Their codebase was fine; but the SDK components required to actually do a build, and possibly the builds themselves, depending on exactly how hungry MS legal was feeling, were always illicit and kind of a pain to deal with.

NOOOOOO (1)

Ben C. (2950903) | about 8 months ago | (#45475657)

I still recovering from the loss of iGoogle :-( http://nooooooooooooooo.com/ [nooooooooooooooo.com]

Awww (1)

SirLurksAlot (1169039) | about 8 months ago | (#45475673)

Who's going to really whip the Llama's ass now?

Re:Awww (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475753)

Who's going to really whip the Llama's ass now?

Obama will take over.

He's likely going to need a job soon. And his name rhymes with llama, so hey, marketing...

Re:Awww (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475793)

ZuneAmp!

It really pimps your momma's ass!

Re:Awww (2)

hamburger lady (218108) | about 8 months ago | (#45475857)

pfft. wesley willis has been really whipping the llama's ass in heaven for the last decade. same with horses, tigers, ponies, you name it.

Re:Awww (1)

fliptout (9217) | about 8 months ago | (#45476153)

I saw him perform in Austin around 2002. My Taiwanese gf and I had a jolly good time. Even better was overhearing guys in another band gripe about how Wesley Willis pulled in more fans than them.

Re:Awww (4, Insightful)

Internetuser1248 (1787630) | about 8 months ago | (#45476251)

Who's going to really whip the Llama's ass now?

Winamp... I don't understand why people think it is going to suddenly disappear. I haven't needed to update winamp in years, I only have a newer version because I sometimes lose the installer. What exactly is going to change that will make me need a new music player? My music is still all in mp3 format, I don't use any of winamp's online services. The program is finished and complete. I don't need support from AOL and I never did. In a few years there will be new developments and winamp will slowly become obsolete, but those same new developments will result in new software being developed that caters to them. I really don't see the problem here. Winamp will be able to play me mp3s until I no longer need to listen to them or my OS no longer has windows 7 compatibility mode.

Welp (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475681)

Looks like the llama whips back.

Godspeed, Winamp.

Thank goodness ICQ is still working. (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | about 8 months ago | (#45475709)

I have to wonder why AOL bought ICQ and WinAMP. Did any of ICQ end up in AIM?

Re:Thank goodness ICQ is still working. (2)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 8 months ago | (#45476061)

ICQ and AIM are both OSCAR-protocol based; but, to the best of my knowledge, the only common treatment was that AOL was a dick about any 3rd-party implementation of an OSCAR client. Aside from that, AIM basically pretended that ICQ didn't exist, and vice-versa. AOL always was a somewhat puzzling company.

Re:Thank goodness ICQ is still working. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45476135)

For even more cryptic reasons, AOL had (now deprecated, sometime in middle of the last decade) TOC and TOC2, which were different instant messaging protocols, used by some AIM client releases, and some other IM programs(Did you know that AOL once released an IM client written in Emacs LISP [sourceforge.net] ? I sure as hell didn't... Abandoned now, of course; but I had no idea that AOL would even hire you if you knew about stuff like that), that was architecturally distinct; but interacted with OSCAR.

A truly sad day.. (1)

Garnaralf (595872) | about 8 months ago | (#45475747)

Farewell, old friend. Your icon has been on my desktop for 15 years. And I will miss you.

I stopped caring about winamp in early 2000's (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475759)

Didn't know winamp still existed. No biggy.

Re:I stopped caring about winamp in early 2000's (4, Insightful)

Joce640k (829181) | about 8 months ago | (#45475859)

Your loss.

I hate AOL (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475809)

I hate AOL. I have always hated AOL. AOL shareholders can burn in Hell.

A Big Fucking Fuck You!

Thanks AOLOL (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475839)

And Obama of course.

It "lost its dominance"... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475877)

When they started to bundle a whole lot of crap with it, discontinued the slim-installer without said crap and tried the hell to become Real2.0...

Shame on AOL (3, Interesting)

DigitAl56K (805623) | about 8 months ago | (#45475887)

... for taking a great product with a large and growing user base and a lot of potential, then going virtually nowhere with it for year after year after year, until the only thing left to do was to kill it.

R.I.P. Winamp, you helped define the 90s and let the way for compressed digital formats.

Let's hope all the specialist plugins for all the legacy/specialist file formats that have been created over the years find a good home with ongoing support.

Re:Shame on AOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475945)

It defined the 90's? It wasn't even around for half of that decade.

Re:Shame on AOL (4, Informative)

DigitAl56K (805623) | about 8 months ago | (#45476143)

When Winamp first appeared it was one of the first mass market players to handle MP3 playback at a time shortly after the FHG encoder began to be distributed and competitors like XING, LAME, etc. were just starting to appear. Hard drive storage capacities were still tight - you wouldn't want to fill your disk with CD quality WAV files, but people could store many albums with MP3s without resorting to burning CDs. Napster/gnutella/Frostwire/etc. would come along soon after and transform the way teenagers of the period acquired music. Later, subscription services etc. would be born.

Winamp may not have been around throughout the _entire_ decade, but towards the end of the decade your average joe was getting online, and Winamp was there leading the way for digital music formats that are still popular well over a decade later. Times move fast in computing, but there are probably not many Windows users here who haven't popped open Winamp at some point, cranked up their speakers, and popped open the visualizer.

Verily, Winamp Did But Point the Way to iTunes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475911)

Winamp did but come before the multitudes, baptizing them in the way of the MP3, saying unto them "I am but making the way for one greater who has been sent by God to redeem our MP3 libraries."

And Lo, did the Heavens Part, and our Lord and Savior Steve Jobs descend to give the holy iTunes, and the holy iPod, unto the multitudes, that they may know the light and peace of The One True Way.

But who was whip? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475915)

llama sad :-(

as much a loss to Internet DJ's (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475937)

With the exit of Winamp, this narrows the field of software for Internet DJ's that wish to stream via Shoutcast or Icecast. Using Winamp and the correct plugin, it was possible to try one's had a being an Internet DJ without expensive software. This leaves SAM, with it's free trial period but high price tag and Virtual DJ

Re:as much a loss to Internet DJ's (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45476197)

Au contraire, with a dedicated cheap old PC you can stream Shoutcast for years. I was using a 333 PII for a long time, until I felt the need to upgrade to XP, so now I have a 1.6 P4. It just goes on and on. You can probably use Winamp2 for years to come to play files. Only reason I ever upgraded was because it was there. Shucks, I still use the same WS-FTP I downloaded for Windows 95. Come to think of it, I have this 14-year-old Compaq laptop that I can load NT 3.51 on and just run Shoutcast on it, I'll bet.

Re:as much a loss to Internet DJ's (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45476231)

Yes, because we dont have enough internet dj's....

I remember when Winamp ruled the earth (3, Insightful)

wjcofkc (964165) | about 8 months ago | (#45475975)

It would be nice if companies would automatically open source abandonware, even if they have to strip half the code of anything that infringes on outside patents. Of course, it would be nice if companies would do a lot of nice things. But they don't, and won't - because companies aren't nice.

Re:I remember when Winamp ruled the earth (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45476079)

They can't simply open source the software due to its use of licensed code like the Fraunhofer codec. Chunks of open source software would need to replace those codecs. Winamp's design ought to make substituting licensed codecs with open source plugins not too much of a chore.

Lost its dominance? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45475997)

To what? I use winamp for movies and music.

Lost its dominance perhaps (1)

nurb432 (527695) | about 8 months ago | (#45476089)

But its still relevant and usable.

Dang my luck (1)

motang (1266566) | about 8 months ago | (#45476129)

First I buy Songbird on my phone, and they close down. Then I move on to Winamp, now they are shutting down. I can't seem to catch a break.

Aimp is a great replacement (2, Informative)

Jagungal (36053) | about 8 months ago | (#45476167)

http://www.aimp2.us/

Been using it for a while. It is like WinAmp without the crud.

Paging Archive.org (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45476185)

Panic backup the plugins and skin database!!!!

Re:Paging Archive.org (2)

Bomarc (306716) | about 8 months ago | (#45476317)

AC .. you beat me to it. How can we backup the skin / skin database before the web site shuts down?

Visualisations! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45476203)

Shame, winamp with milkdrop still has the best visualisations of any music player out of the box.

large playlist handling and skipless play (2)

soldack (48581) | about 8 months ago | (#45476209)

Winamp was the first player that could handle massive playlists. I could drag a network folder with over 80 GB of music and it would populate the playlist in seconds. I could then randomize and walk through that list without repeats for days. It also played skipless so that live albums didn't have annoying breaks. New players today still can't do that. Sigh. Their android app is pretty good too. I guess I will jump to amazon now. Their cloud playing is great.

I suggest OggFrog! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45476283)

Need a replacement? Try Ogg Frog! (despite the name, it plays more than just ogg vorbis). It's cross-platform, using zoolib, which means it looks and feels like a native app on Windows Me, Linux, BeOS, MacOS 9, and BlackBerry OS. The lead programmer, Michael Crawford, is an expert c++ programmer (more of a software architect, really) and can write industrial strength, exception safe c++ code. It should be available for public beta Real Soon Now. Crawford just needs to deal with some legal matters (he was arrested in a civil rights protest so he's busy litigating that) first.
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