It’s the end of an era: after 15 years of offering music listening service, AOL announced yesterday that Winamp will shut down on December 20, 2013. This move will affect its website,, associated Web services, and also its Winamp Media players.

Winamp was released in 1997 as a media player by two college students and gained popularity with the rising trend of MP3 file sharing. Increased competition from newer rivals including online music streaming services could have ultimately rendered it defunct for today’s Internet and computer users. Its parent company, Nullsoft, was acquired by AOL in 1999.

Source: Winamp

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