Rumor: Microsoft May Snap Up Winamp and ShoutCast, Llamas Beware

rated by 0 users
This post has 6 Replies | 2 Followers

Top 10 Contributor
Posts 24,856
Points 1,115,520
Joined: Sep 2007
News Posted: Sat, Nov 23 2013 9:53 AM
Unfortunately for llamas everywhere, media player Winamp may not be dead after all. Fortunately for longtime Winamp devotees, that’s because Microsoft may be purchasing Winamp and ShoutCast (a media streaming service, like Winamp also formerly a property of Nullsoft) from AOL.

This is just a rumor, but TechCrunch (which is owned by AOL, incidentally) says a source indicates that Microsoft is in talks with AOL to buy Winamp. Why Microsoft would want Winamp is a little unclear, but we wonder if Redmond thinks it can get it for a song, since, you know, AOL was planning on shutting it down anyway.


Microsoft would also snap up ShoutCast, and with both in hand, it’s possible that the company would seek to augment its music and media offerings, most likely on the Xbox One.

Or maybe this is all just a nostalgia buy, the pet project of misty-eyed Microsofters who don’t want to see Winamp disappear.
  • | Post Points: 65
Not Ranked
Posts 45
Points 355
Joined: Mar 2011

Wish they would have open sourced it

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 1
Points 20
Joined: Nov 2013

Microshaft should leave them alone

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 8,430
Points 102,120
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
realneil replied on Sat, Nov 23 2013 2:57 PM

I thought that it was a disaster when AOL bought them. And now Microsoft?

Open source would have been bad-ass.

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.

(Mark Twain)

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 18
Points 120
Joined: Jun 2013
Top 25 Contributor
Posts 3,476
Points 53,895
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: United States, Massachusetts
Dave_HH replied on Sat, Nov 23 2013 8:41 PM

Hehe... beeeaahhhh!

Editor In Chief

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 150 Contributor
Posts 651
Points 5,915
Joined: May 2008
Location: Stockholm
mhenriday replied on Sun, Nov 24 2013 4:53 AM

Should Microsoft really take over Winamp, they'll no doubt do what they have done with Skype ; i e, attempt, at every update, to force people to use something called «Bing» as their default search engine and make «MSN» their browser homepage. There really are fates worse than death....


Page 1 of 1 (7 items) | RSS