Winamp shuts down after 15 years

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Downloading Winamp application from Winamp.com will officially stop from December 20th of this year. The website itself will stop all of its functions.

At Winamp.com, message in red 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.”

You probably remember Winamp from the late 90s and early 2000’s when it was one of the most widely used Internet services for listening to music and radio streams. Winamp eventually lost popularity as services like iTunes, VLC Media Player and Windows Media Player hit the Web, but it’ll always hold a special place in the hearts of many.

Developed by former University of Utah college students Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev, Winamp launched in 1997, and quickly gained popularity alongside the rise of MP3 file sharing. AOL eventually acquired Winamp in 1999 when it picked up Frankel’s company Nullsoft for $80 million in stock.

By the time Winamp released its 10th Anniversary edition back in 2007, most people had already moved on to more modern digital music services.

As of now, no direct reason has been released for Winamp’s shutdown after 15 years, but given its decline in popularity.