Another old favorite is about to bite the digital dust.
Next month, on December 20 to be exact, Winamp will be no more. Its parent company, AOL, announced recently that they're pulling the proverbial plug on the iconic virtual MP3 player.
Winamp quickly gained popularity after it was first released in 1997. It emerged right around the time MP3s spread out globally—both legal and illegal. (Yo, KaZaa and LimeWire, say hello!) Plus, it was free—and with tons of customizable skins readily available for OC users at that.
And then there's also the software's llama mascot. We could still remember their tagline: "Winamp, it really whips the llama's ass!"
Whoever thought of putting a llama's head in there was a genius
A little over a year after its launch, over 15 million people were already certified Winampers, with their reach peaking at around 90 million in 2006. As a result of its popularity, Winamp has been tagged as the greatest desktop MP3 player. But, as fate would have it, their glorious run had an expiration date.
One of our fave Winamp skins, whatever this was...
Several years after its maker, Nullsoft, was acquired by AOL in 1999, the decline started. Reports have it that conflicts within AOL hurt Winamp. Plus, the arrival of iTunes and portable media devices that can do more than play MP3 songs spelled doom for the llama-led software.
And now, 16 years later, we bid adieu to another '90s product. It's hard enough that Family Guy's martini-guzzling pooch, Brian, has been killed, and now Winamp? Sad, just sad.
Winamp, it'll be hard to see you go. We'll miss your epic skins that colored our Windows XP desktops and the audio thrills you brought by looping Oasis' "Wonderwall." So, how about one final set of goodbye songs before you go to tech heaven?
Jump to the next page for out Winamp farewell playlist.
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