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Old 21-11-2013, 01:32
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The latest version of Winamp, released on Wednesday, will be the last, with the venerable media-playing software scheduled to all but vanish from the internet next month.

"Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013," reads a notice posted to the Winamp website on Wednesday. "Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download."


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11..._to_disappear/

I have been a lover of Winamp since the late 90's as I first used it to listen to songs that I spent hours getting on dial up & then went on to use it on a regular basis, including with the Shoutcast Plugin, when I ran a Internet Radio Station. At the time it was truly a great peace of software.........

Winamp really whipped the Llama's Ass.
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Old 21-11-2013, 01:38
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Awww.. that's sad. The very first MP3 player I ever used.... I don't think Windows Media Player had even been released when it first came out. Loved it's graphics screen effects which syched with the music
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Old 21-11-2013, 02:02
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My first media and mp3 player, great for internet radio stations, RIP.
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Old 21-11-2013, 02:13
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I forgot Winamp even existed.
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Old 21-11-2013, 07:20
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Llamas everywhere breathe a sigh of release.



Still, winamp 2.whatever it was, a classic. o7
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Old 21-11-2013, 07:43
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I still have 2.91 installed. Makes a great ad-hoc media player.

I dont think it was ever quite right after version 3. Yeah they managed to repair some of the damage in 5 but then AOL took over and it went from bad to worse.
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Old 21-11-2013, 08:24
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That's a shame. I originally used to use real jukebox back in the early days but after that was pulled, I moved to winamp because of the simplicity.

When I switched to Linux for a bit, I even went out of my way to find the most winamp-like player i could. I even used it on my Galaxy S2 and S3.

It is quite heavily pirated nowadays (like most things i suppose), but I wonder why they didn't go down the ad-supported free route for the full version though ?
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Old 21-11-2013, 09:35
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Ah Winamp the very first music app I replaced Windows Media Player with.

Like the OP I also used to spend hours downloading music and waiting impatiently for the next download to complete so I could listen to it. Gone is the era of loading up a well known music listing site with links to au files (remember those?) hosted on free website services such as angelfire then waiting hours only for the file to be removed during the transfer!

I think the last version I had installed was version 2.91 or something on a Windows 98 machine then I moved to Foobar2000.
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Old 21-11-2013, 09:45
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Haven't used it for years TBH. But it was great back in the day.
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Old 21-11-2013, 09:47
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When I switched to Linux for a bit, I even went out of my way to find the most winamp-like player i could. I even used it on my Galaxy S2 and S3.
XMMS? Argh, those tiny buttons were so annoying.
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Old 21-11-2013, 09:52
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XMMS? Argh, those tiny buttons were so annoying.
Yep, that's the one. I managed to find a winamp classic skin for it as well - which i still have saved in my dropbox as well
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Old 21-11-2013, 11:57
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Still use Winamp 3 and 5 every day.
Version 5.3 runs really flawlessly on my netbook at only 30% processor power, so its great for running my own little personal radio station. For me, the great thing about it is its ability to remember its position in the playlist so it starts where it left off, and gapless crossfade playback.

Its a shame to see it go. Have saved my backup copies.

Edit - as an aside, whats now going to happen to Shoutcast? Winamp was the main supporting software, with it offline, will all those tiny radio stations fade away?
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Old 21-11-2013, 12:19
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I forgot Winamp even existed.
So did I!
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Old 21-11-2013, 12:42
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Edit - as an aside, whats now going to happen to Shoutcast? Winamp was the main supporting software, with it offline, will all those tiny radio stations fade away?
There are plenty of programs out there for providing audio to streaming services.

Even if Shoutcast dies off there's always Icecast which is superior in every way (other than the radio directory).
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Old 21-11-2013, 12:51
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Sad to hear about Winamp's demise. I've used it for as long as I can remember, and still use it today. Everyone seems to use Media Player or iTunes now, but I always found Winamp to be the easiest way to manage my music collection.

Winamp3 in 2002 was their biggest mistake and probably lost them a lot of users.
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Old 21-11-2013, 12:54
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I like winamp I do use it occasionally on my older machines, but nowadays i use J river mediaJuke box free.. sad days
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Old 21-11-2013, 15:40
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Winamp was great when it first came out, but then they made it too complicated.

Foobar 2000 is much better if you just want a simple mp3 player.
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Old 21-11-2013, 15:51
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That's a blast from the past. It was my choice of media player. I loved the fancy visualizations!
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Old 21-11-2013, 17:54
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Winamp was great as you could fire it up and control it from within many Visual Basic programme that I wrote.

I even used to run my karaoke evenings using a VB programme written by me that sent the selected song to play in winamp with the CD+G plugin.
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Old 21-11-2013, 17:55
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Do any other programmes do in sync pretty patterns?
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Old 21-11-2013, 18:43
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Windows Media Player/Center tries to but there's a short delay in my experience
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Old 21-11-2013, 19:11
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Windows Media Player/Center tries to but there's a short delay in my experience
Do you have a lot of other applications open at the same time? Maybe that is causing the short delay.
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Old 21-11-2013, 19:13
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WinAmp? Always preferred Core Media Player
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Old 21-11-2013, 19:18
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As far as alternatives to Windows Media Player go, my most favorite media player is VLC Media Player!
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Old 21-11-2013, 19:18
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AOL have been slowly but surely killing off Winamp for about the last 9 years. They've done to Nullsoft what they did
to Netscape a decade ago, by slowly drawing it's lifeblood away. Netscape first got killed off in 2003, then its corpse
in 2004 when they starting to kill Winamp, by first laying off most of the Nullsoft staff, and declared the v5.x series
would be the last, with no more major upgrades to be developed. Netscape was finally laid to rest in 2009.
(To all intents and purposes ... Netscape was maimed by Microsoft, and murdered by AOL!)

AOL often acquired other companies to gradually run them into the ground and eventually destroy them.
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