The llama’s ass will be whipped the last time on December 20th, 2013 when AOL shuts down Winamp.com. A post on their website reads as follows:
“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.”
Winamp was initially released on April 21st, 1997. It’s rise in popularity was in large part due to their ability to play the popular MP3 audio file format. Through updates and future iterations, Winamp offered a wide range of customization options through plugins, skins and visualizations. I personally loved it due to its relatively small footprint and efficiency.
AOL purchased the rights to Winamp in 1999. Reports have shown that Winamp has continued to earn money for AOL every year since their purchase, however many cite AOL mismanagement for its subsequent downfall. Another factor in Winamp’s fall was the introduction of streaming services, such as Pandora and Spotify. These streaming services negated the need for a dedicated media player to manage your media library on your local PC, because it's all in “the cloud”. ArsTechnica.com ran an in-depth report on the demise of Winamp back in 2012, so click the link for more details.
If you still have a soft spot in your heart for Winamp version 2.x, and some Milk Drop 2 visualizations like I do, make sure to snag the install packages from Winamp.com before the December 20th deadline.