One of my first blog posts (HERE via the Wayback Machine) talked about Winamp finally closing its doors after all these years. Well, it seems they have gotten new life. Per the article below, it appears they have been purchased by Radionomy. You can jump over to Winamp.com and download the latest version (5.666 – interesting number) that has the following new features (that I am currently checking out myself)
What is New in Winamp 5.666?
- Wireless desktop sync with Winamp for Android™
- iTunes Library Import
- Enhanced Windows 8 support
- Improved high resolution screen support
- Improved playlist generator
- Stability improvements, security and bug fixes
- Available in 16 languages including Russian, French, German and Polish
I love it – The King is Dead….LONG LIVE THE KING!!
Winamp, the popular music player of the late ‘90s and early 2000s, was supposed to shut down on December 21st, but it has lived on into 2014. Following rumors of a potential Microsoft acquisition, Radionomy confirms that it has acquired the media player from its owner AOL along with Shoutcast, an internet radio broadcasting service that AOL also owned. The precise details of the deal are not public, but the Belgian publication De Tijd reports that AOL took a partial stake in Radionomy as part of a recent funding round.
The confirmation comes after Winamp forum users spotted that the DNS entries for winamp.com had been switched to Radionomy’s own servers last month. Radionomy launched in late 2012 as a free service to generate online radio stations. It has around 6,000 user-programmed radio stations with 13 million unique listeners. Speaking with De Tijd, Radionomy owner Alexandre Saboundjian says he believes the service’s user count will “increase by a factor of 5 to 10” thanks to the acquisition.
Aaron Souppouris contributed to this article.