AOL sells Winamp - but not to Microsoft

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (3 years, 8 months ago)

The demise of legendary music player Winamp has been halted. AOL has sold Winamp, along with Shoutcast, to online radio aggregator Radionomy. This comes in sharp contrasts to reports stating that Microsoft was the highest bidder, with negotiations between the two tech giants said to be in full swing. The Radionomy connection came into play when users noticed that Winamp's nameservers had been changed. The deal for both should be finalized by Friday, if not sooner. 

Radionomy has some 6,000 stations in its catalog as it is, and Shoutcast's 50,000-strong catalog will provide a major boost. What the company plans to do with Winamp has yet to be seen, but the music player's software could be used to program those radio stations.

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