End of an era: Winamp is shutting down after more than 16 years

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It’s the end of an era as media player Winamp is calling it quits after more than 16 years of faithful service. The program rose to prominence in the late ‘90s and early 2000s as the go-to solution for listening...

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Raoul Duke

VideoLAN player is free open source, plays audio of many formats .ape, .ogg .flac .wav as well as mp3 and plays video as well


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I used it years ago but not often enough to keep it installed. One of the things I liked was the large variety of skins available.
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Maybe as a token of goodwill, winamp can release a winamp pro version with embedded key so the interested user can use the full features of the registered version.
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I used WinAmp years ago. From my perspective WinAmp was way too buggy. By the time all the bugs was worked out, the application was too bloated for my liking.

I don't need an application telling me how to manage my files. Which is why light weight players such as media player classic is perfect for me. You don't even need a script, a single command from command-line will create Playlist.


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VideoLAN/VLC was the death of winamp on my desktop... why use several programs when VLC could read everything including mkvs.
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I use to love Winamp over 10 years ago now, haven't used it for at least that long though.


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Until Windows changed from version 7 to version 8, it used to play DVD-Video for free. That's what you should be mourning the passing of.


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Playlist, Jump to and Queue.

I'm going to use it to the end of the time, no even foobar do that for me (and I like the foobar playback quality).
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What is it with these ****ers that take their code to the grave with them because they failed to make a buck out of it?


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I'm sure for the right price that code could be yours, if you want it bad enough.

Often when I have something that is no longer of value to me I let it go, certainly wouldn't lock it for eternity so no one can ever find it or use it. Spider Player dude did the same... "Oh, I can't make money off of this, fnck it, it's the end and nobody can have it."


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Used Winamp for years. It was an essential download on my win2000 and XP boxes. It did get bloated though.


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Liike Yukka said, the new versions are bloated. I have been using winamp and still do since the aol days but I only use v2.95 and have it in my dropbox for when ever intall a fresh copy of windows.


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I only use v2.95 and have it in my dropbox for when ever intall a fresh copy of windows.
If I remember correctly the earlier v2 versions were the ones that were buggy. It has been so long ago, I wouldn't swear to it. I always upgraded with newer versions and I think it was around version 4 that I stopped using WinAmp.


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Aww Winamp <3 You will be missed. I remember using you in like 2003 to listen to all my music. Long live Mediamonkey now :)