The Llama's Ass Whipped For The Last Time, Winamp Says Goodbye

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News Posted: Wed, Nov 20 2013 4:13 PM

When a legend dies, much of the world feels it. But how often is that legend a piece of software? If you were into digital music when the MP3 file format first became popular, chances are good that you crossed paths with Winamp. Chances are even better that you called it home for a number of years. It was as de facto a piece of software as one could get; the Photoshop of music players, if you will.

And now, it's soon to be killed off for good. On the official website, attempting to download the player will issue this warning: "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."

The reasons for the closure shouldn't come as much surprise. Winamp doesn't enjoy quite the same audience it once did, and those that do use it tend to stick with the classics, such as 2.x, seen below.

Interestingly, my entire family (aside from me) still uses that exact version. Some of them have tried later versions, such as 5.x, but nothing compares to the ease of the earlier ones. For enthusiasts, Foobar2000 has become a popular choice (it's what I use), and for most everyone else, the PC might not even be the primary source of music listening nowadays, thanks to the popularity of smartphones (and not to mention cloud streaming).

Those who remember the old days of Winamp will undoubtedly vividly recall its tagline: "Winamp, it really whips the Llama's ass." For those who don't recall that, it wasn't just a tagline, it was a sample that came included with the player! No one could miss it. And who else out there had a ball goofing around with Winamp's rich visualizations? Geiss, anyone?

For the ultimate in nostalgia, here's one of Winamp's earliest versions:

I am sure I'm not alone when I say that Nullsoft remains in the hearts of many, and while Winamp didn't enjoy much success in recent years, it goes down as an absolute classic.

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What am I supposed to use now?

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omg - a legend dies! I've been using winamp since windows 98se >.>

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:(

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yes like winamp the best of any music player.

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I have had a Pro version key for so long I can't remember when I got it lol..

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I never did get the llama reference

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I haz a sad.

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OOs replied on Wed, Nov 20 2013 5:15 PM

Me too :( :(

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whats the difference to the free one? time to reboot chrome "going round and round with egg timer."

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I honestly can't remember... I think it unlocks more codecs for ripping audio and some other stuff - its been so long

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I use the fee version only,its still seems quite good though it be great to intergrate it as the player to give it radio sound.

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DarkSyde replied on Wed, Nov 20 2013 5:52 PM

Sad news. My first step into MP3's were with winamp and its what I still use today.

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HanyangXu replied on Wed, Nov 20 2013 6:01 PM

What the hell am I supposed to use now? Windows Media Player? PFFFT.

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LoganFarr replied on Wed, Nov 20 2013 6:08 PM

It's about time.

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JPayne replied on Wed, Nov 20 2013 6:16 PM

So many feels... :'(

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Never cared for winamp.. back in the day used realplayer..

(And I feel like a schmuck for saying realplayer.....lol)

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AOL killed winamp

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https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3610794/WinAmp.mp3

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ECouts replied on Wed, Nov 20 2013 7:14 PM

It had a decent midi synthesizer, but they really lost a lot of functionality after Windows 98.

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lipe123 replied on Wed, Nov 20 2013 7:58 PM

This is really sad. I guess iTunes played a big part in it but they never should have sold the company to AOL and should have pushed for better music stores to purchase tracks from.

I used the new version of winamp and i has a lot of neat features like automatic track naming and stuff and even purchased some songs from the store that was linked to it at the time.

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I was a user of winamp up to Windows XP. There wasn't an equal program to it. I'm willing to bet this article will cause quite a few people to download it before it goes away for good.

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TomHeckman replied on Wed, Nov 20 2013 10:34 PM

Will probably become open source and live on...

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JMeloni replied on Wed, Nov 20 2013 11:05 PM

WINAMP IS THE BEST

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i loved winamp but once i found media monkey it was all over i am head over heels for media monkey its a amazing program for all you lost winamp users out there check out media monkey http://www.mediamonkey.com/

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This sucks. To this day I still use Winamp. Sure, I have upgraded to a newer version with the Bento skin, but regardless. I still love it. I find it very upsetting that they are throwing in the towel.

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SNeese replied on Thu, Nov 21 2013 10:12 AM

I remember using it back "in the day". The end of an era...

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digitaldd replied on Thu, Nov 21 2013 11:54 AM

Maybe we'll get a XMMS port for windows now.

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sevags replied on Thu, Nov 21 2013 1:24 PM

NOOOOOOO WHY LORD WHY!!!!! I have been using Winamp since 1998!!! And I still use it until today!!!! Sure it's gotten bloated over the years but you can still run the modern version in classic mode and disable all the extras including new skins and it works like the original! I've never been into fubar even back in the day, and I would never use windows media player or itunes to actually play back audio files. Looks like I am going to have to add the current Winamp installation file to my software archive so I can continue to enjoy it for hopefully another decade and a half before something better might come out...

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DevinPlatt replied on Thu, Nov 21 2013 10:19 PM

Everytime I tried using Winamp it was so unstable that it would just shutoff for no reason at times. Can't say I'll miss it much.

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sevags replied on Fri, Nov 22 2013 5:21 PM

SOOOOO Has anyone else heard the news that there is a petition to save Winamp and that Microsoft is considering purchasing the software????? Winamp Integrated into Windows 8.2 or Windows 9 would be awesome!!!!!

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sevags replied on Fri, Nov 22 2013 7:15 PM

everyone go sign the petition!!!

https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/aol-keep-winamp-alive-or-let-it-go-open-source#share

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