There are some hopes that Winamp and Shoutcast, the legacy digital music services that owner AOL planned to shutter might be sold instead.
Microsoft has been ruled out of the running as a potential buyer, but it seems that the outfits are being acquired by Radionomy. Radionomy is an international aggregator of online radio stations with its HQ in Brussels.
This is gossip of course, but the Radionomy connection was first noticed by Bryon Stout on the Winamp forum and Carsten Knobloch, who saw that Winamp’s nameservers, but not Shoutcast’s, had been transferred to Radionomy.
It is expected that the deal is for both properties and should be finalised by Friday although it is not clear when it will be announced.
Radionomy has some 6,000 stations, with an emphasis on a do-it-yourself platform that anyone can use to create a channel. Shoutcast’s 50,000-strong catalogue of radio stations will be a major boost. Winamp’s media playing software could be used to help program those radio stations and offer additional services.
Rumourmongers have also pointed out that one of Radionomy’s strategic investors is MusicMatic, which develops audio and video for stores and other venues which might mean that the two products might get more commercial use.