Winamp: Not Dead Yet

It looked as if AOL was going to close down the venerable Winamp a few days before Christmas.  But there’s been a stay of execution.  From RAIN:

AOL-owned (but not for long) Winamp and Shoutcast are reportedly being acquired by DIY online streaming platformRadionomy. TechCrunch picked up a Winamp forum post by an individual who noticed that the Winamp domain name pointed to Radionomy servers. That is a clear indication of ownership transfer, reportedly bolstered by an unnamed source. ShoutCast, which is paired with Winamp as a Nullsoft creation, will go with Winamp to Radionomy, according to TechCrunch, although that nameserver has not been changed as of this post.Nullsoft was acquired by AOL in June, 1999, for $80-million. AOL announced that both Winamp and ShoutCast would shut down in December, but the sites and services continued operating beyond the deadline, as rumors circulated that a buyer (possibly Microsoft) was in the wings.

Radionomy appears to be on a business development tear. The Winamp/ShoutCast report comes two weeks after Radionomy closed a quasi-merger (termed a “combination”) with audio ad network TargetSpot. Radionomy is headquartered in Brussels.

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