Winamp media player and its associated web services are shutting down on December 20th, 2013 after remaining in operation for a time period of 15 years. AOL bought Winamp for over $80 million in June of 1999.
AOL is going to shut down its Winamp MP3 media player and associated web services on December 20th, 2013. No reason is being given for shutting down Winamp after 15 years. But it looks like the famous media player of past times has been losing in the popularity index.
The Winamp website is showing a small banner notification regarding its shutdown. It states:. It states:
"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."
Winamp was acquired by AOL in June 1999 for over $80 million. It built a huge fan base for its Windows app back then. It happens to be one of the best media players for listening to local music or radio streams. And it still has millions of individuals who form its worldwide user base. But AOL released Winamp Android and Mac versions a bit later than usual. These versions remained in their developing phase for many years and got launched in 2010 and 2011 respectively. But it was too late, since iTunes, Pandora and Spotify had taken over by then.
“There's no reason that Winamp couldn’t be in the position that iTunes is in today if not for a few layers of mismanagement by AOL that started immediately upon acquisition,” Rob Lord, the first hire and first general manager of Winamp, told Ars in 2012.
But Winamp is still continuing to earn revenue. Winamp's current estimated revenue is reported to be around $6 million annually. ArsTechnica has a detailed article on the Winamp shutdown. And it seems that AOL’s mismanagement is responsible for its failure. Geno Yoham, Winamp’s general director since October 2008, declined to comment on the shut down.