Winamp goes the way of the dodo

The popular Winamp software has shuffled off this mortal coil and joined the choir invisible.

According to the site and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Winamp has been a popular community for more than 15 years.

In the late 1990s, everyone used Winamp. It was comparatively simple and cutting edge. Its kiss of death came when AOL bought it in June 1999 for $80-$100 million. According to Winamp developers, AOL was too interested in its own internal politics and the player lost its innovative edge along with the creative staff that ran the outfit.

For years, there was no new version of the software and then AOL released its first Android version in 2010 and a Mac version in 2011 and AOL made an estimated $6 million off the software. While its use was limited in the US, it was popular in other parts of the world.

However it was not the glory days of Winamp, AOL also had its own problems and clearly just could not be bothered with it any more.