In June 1999, AOL purchased Winamp for $80 million. But on December 20, 2013, AOL is set to shut down Winamp.com and all of its web services after 15 years on the market.
A post went live at noon today on Winamp.com, which reads:
"Winamp.com and associated Web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date. Thanks for supporting the Winamp community for over 15 years."
You're welcome, Winamp, you're welcome.
"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, said in 2012.
R.I.P. Winamp. You will be missed for your ease of installation, use, and customization options.