Winamp – the legendary lama whipping PC media player – recently announced that it and all its associated web services will be shutting down by December 20 this year, after 15 years since the first version of the suite came to be.
The announcement posted on www.winamp.com does not give any reason why it is shutting down, only saying that it, its web services and downloadable versions of the suite will no longer be available after the 20th.
It is unclear if Winamp for Android or iOS are included in the no longer available for download list, but considering the announcement’s “all associated web services” clause, it’s fair to expect that it may just be so.
As the one time king of PC media players, the suite is attributed to be a pioneer in the electronic/digital entertainment realms, banded with past leading (albeit controversial) application suites/services like Napster, Kazaa and Limewire.
Designed to readily handle locally stored compressed digital audio files, the suite also gained some notoriety in affording users with a “skinnable” interface, giving it a customizable or personalized edge that was a big hit during its heyday in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
By the mid 2000s though, the suite encountered some snags in its overall thrust as a media player, still standing by old school norms which couldn’t just compete with its more modern counterparts like iTunes.
In the end, the announced Winamp December 20 shut down doesn’t exactly come as a surprise, but it still managed gain attention, considering the proud history Winamp had trodden on over the years.