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AOL Kills Venerable Winamp Software

AOL announced it will shut down the Winamp media player on 20 December, after 15 years of operation. “It's the end of Music 1.0,” said venture capitalist Josh Felser, founder of the Spinner music and entertainment website, which AOL acquired at the same time it bought Winamp. “Such a bummer.” AOL has declined to comment on why it is shutting down Winamp. Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev created the media player and launched it in 1997. AOL acquired Winamp in 1999. Some former Winamp employees say they’re not surprised about the media player’s demise. “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,” Rob Lord, Winamp’s first general manager, told the Ars Technica technology news website in 2012. AOL did not respond to requests for comment. (Ars Technica)(Mashable)(PC Mag)(WinAmp)

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