It’s the end of the line for one of the internet’s old guards. As of December 20th, the curtain will officially fall on Winamp, the mp3 player which was once one of the most widely used pieces of software of its day.
AOL announced this week that it would be shutting down Winamp.com and all the associated webservices as of December 20th 2013. The digital music player and visualizer for Windows will be available for download on the website until it is finally retired for good before the end of this year.
Although many online music aficionados have positive comments or opinions of Winamp, the software has lost a lot of popularity in the years since the release of programs such as iTunes. Currently, it is estimated that only a small percent of its original US user base still remains loyal to the music software.
As AOL prepares to shut Winamp down for good, there have been reports of mismanagement and lack of direction for some time. When interviewed by ArsTechnica in 2012, first general manager of Winamp, Rob Lord had the following to say: “There’s no reason that Winamp couldn’t be in the position that iTunes is in today if not for a few layers of mismanagement by AOL that started immediately upon acquisition.