AOL Kills Winamp Despite $5 Million Offer

By | November 21, 2013

Winamp LogoIf you visit Winamp’s download page, you will notice an announcement saying that they will shut down the website and its associated services December 20th.

“ 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.”

If you are wanting the latest version of their media player, you better download it now before they delete everything on the website.

According to Ars Technica, the shutdown is mostly because of AOL mismanagement, and based on their actions, are more interested in shutting it down than selling it for the $5 million reportedly offered for Winamp.  You would think that selling it for $5 million would be better than shutting it down and getting nothing, but apparently AOL executives can’t even manage that.

It seems that big conglomerates love buying growing startups, but then have a bad habit of neglecting what they purchased.

It’s a sad day.  Winamp had so much potential, and AOL threw it away.


Scott M. Stolz

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