Who doesn’t remember the good times of the internet, chatting with friends through ICQ and mIRC, browsing Netscape and listening to their music downloaded on Napster by Winamp? Little by little everything fell into disuse and, this Wednesday, the 20th, it was announced that the last item on the list is being discontinued. Winamp, a media management and reproduction program, very popular in the 1990s and early 2000s, is retiring.
The end is scheduled for a month from now, that is, on December 20th, when both the Winamp website and web services will be closed. The desktop client will also no longer be available for download.
To the surprise of many, Winamp belonged to AOL, which acquired developer Nullsoft for $ 80 million in 1999. For Rob Lord, one of those responsible for the growth of software at the beginning, the decline may have been due to poor management after the merger.
“There are no reasons why Winamp could not be in the position where iTunes is today, other than a few layers of bad management by AOL after the acquisition,” he said in an interview with Ars Technica.
In recent times, some attempts to make Winamp reborn have been made. An Android application was launched in 2010, and Winamp Sync for Mac, with a player, came out in 2011, but nothing went forward. The blog has not been updated for over a year.
If you want to kill Winamp before it is impossible to download, you can go to the official website and download it clicking herewhile it is still in the air.
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