Published Nov 20, 2013Here's a piece of news that would have made our turn-of-the-millennium selves very sad: the once-ubiquitous media player Winamp is being shut down.
AOL, which bought Winamp from original developer Nullsoft back in 1999, will shut Winamp a month from today, on December 20. This means that Winamp.com will be closed and new downloads won't be offered, although we're guessing that the program will still work on your computers; this is assuming that you still use it, which presumably relatively few people do, or else AOL wouldn't be shutting it down.
Winamp was launched as a Windows program back in 1997, and its popularity grew as MP3s took off thanks to file-sharing. Several versions were released over the years, including an app for Android phones and a beta version for Mac OS X. In its early days, it was known for coming with a short demo MP3 that said, "Winamp, it really whips the llama's ass."
If you want to relive the good old days when you would download Metallica MP3s from Napster, you've got exactly one month to head over to Winamp's website.