Winamp saved after sale to Radionomy
By Shona Ghosh
Posted on 2 Jan 2014 at 11:19
AOL has reportedly granted Winamp a stay of execution after selling it off to a new owner.
The company had planned to shut down Winamp on 20 December, more than a decade after acquiring its maker, Nullsoft, in 1999.
It had also planned to close its radio service, Shoutcast, another Nullsoft creation.
Both were due for execution despite impassioned user appeals to AOL to keep both services, or else make them open source.
But Winamp stayed up and running past its deadline, leading to speculation AOL might sell the two services.
A source speaking to TechCrunch said Belgian radio service Radionomy is on the verge of buying both services - although it isn't clear what it plans to do with them.
Winamp forum users also spotted that the service's name servers had been quietly switched from AOL.com to Radionomy.com.
But others questioned Winamp's relevance to Radionomy, pointing out the company is more likely to integrate Shoutcast's stations into its existing offering than keep on an ageing music player.
"It could mostly be to just bring the 50,000 [or so] Shoutcast stations over to boost their existing business," said RetroDigital. "Which still leaves Winamp in limbo for the most part. But hoping for the best."
Radionomy and AOL have not responded to a request for comment.
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