I still remember downloading my first MP3 (legally, of course) and playing it in an MP3 player that my friend recommended to me: Winamp. Today, about 15 years later, the company posted a note on its site alerting users that it’s closing up shop for good on Dec. 20. The notification is simple:
Winamp 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… Thanks for supporting the Winamp community for over 15 years.
Very few pieces of software are as memorable to me as Nullsoft’s Winamp was. I remember spending hours trying to find the community-made skin for my Winamp player in Windows. I remember the catchline “It really whips the llamas a**!,” and how nobody knew what I was referencing. I remember when AOL bought it. And, most recently, I remember when the company tried launching an Android app.
I’m not sure why it’s closing its doors. Presumably because AOL isn’t making any money, especially as the world has moved on to streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio, Google Play Music, iTunes Radio, and dozens of others.