Winamp has been around since 1997, and though it has amassed a large and faithful following in the years since, the good times are coming to an end. The software will cease to be available come December 20th. Anyone who visits the download page is now greeted by a message warning that they better grab the goods while they're still available, because they won't be a month from now.


The page doesn't explicitly mention the Android version, and there isn't yet a warning on either the Play Store or the app's website. Regardless, fans should still be able to use the latest version of the app and the most recent desktop release for as long as they are capable of running. The time will come when users will eventually have to move on, but December 20th won't necessarily be that day. It is, however, the beginning of the end. Winamp will be missed.

Via: Hacker News

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • David Hart


  • Brad

    I miss the old winamp... on windows... android? Won't really miss it...

    • Telefunken

      Just get a regular player for android and occasionally press stop on the middle of the song. Good riddance.

      • Dave Sunhammer

        Never, ever had that problem. Maybe you ought to get a real comp, and quit downloading all that farcebook crap and your system would work better?

  • Dustin

    Who will whip the llama's ass now?!

    • Alvin Brinson

      I think the llama's ass has been sufficiently whipped.

    • thartist


    • César Augusto Ramírez Franco

      Dustin, you've won the intenetz

      • Dustin Smith

        That's neat.

  • Krisztián Kelemen

    it draws a little sadness, as it is history now, but it's bad since version 3... Aimp took his crown for me years ago...

    • Dave Sunhammer

      Anything that does not have MilkDrop is a government plot.

  • Jason

    Wow, that sucks. Winamp is my primary Media Player on my PC because it is both lightweight and has great management properties. Can someone recommend some replacements? I have foobar installed also, but the media management on Winamp is superior.

    • Richard Mircea


    • RajivSK

      foobar has tons of plugins that customize almost every aspect of the player. You could probably find some that fulfill your management needs.

    • http://www.tylerwatt12.com/ Tyler Watthanaphand

      I still use it because it's compatible with the plugins I use for FM radio station broadcasting.

    • Drew M


      • we

        VLC cant organize your music.

    • Logan

      Try musicbee, it really reminds me a lot of winamp. Plus, it can use some winamp plugins.

    • If it ain’t broke don’t fix it

      Unless the copy on your system magically disappears, there's no reason to stop using it. This simply means there will no longer be updates.


      • Lucas Laws

        WinAmp 2.X forever!

      • xnadax

        Exactly! I'm using a five year old version of foobar2000, since the newer versions aren't compatible with the beautiful skin I once created. :)

    • iboalali

      Windows Media Player with the codec pack shark007

    • Adrian van Nunen

      MediaMonkey has brilliant management features and has a compatible Android app (beta) with UPNP and remote play functions.

    • RXG9


    • Serge Cebrian

      keep using winamp :P if it still works with the funcionality you have!
      i think only the online services from winamp will die.

  • Bojan Tomic

    Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?! :'(

  • MikeCiggy

    Damn, used to use winamp to broadcast internet radio when I was 12. Good times were had. Sorry to see you go winamp but I can't remember the last time you were relevant.

  • James Passmore

    They will regret this. Undisciplined llamas running amok.....

    • yanger

      then the japanese llama app came in play, and they started cannibalizing.... >_>

  • Keith

    Is Shoutcast going away as well? I still use it fairly often to listen to old Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell programs, Howard Stern re-runs, the occasional party music, etc, etc.

  • Mehmet Fatih
    • Samantha Alexandra Vélez Salin

      Whipping 4 ever

  • kpjimmy

    I remember I used to rock the Alienware theme on windows with that kick ass themed player lol.

  • yanger

    wow. so sad. still use winamp.. since 1997 - in classic mode!

    • Jason Brown

      same here

    • Major Suave

      yep. I will start looking

      • Nick

        Start looking? Why? It's not like it is just going to stop working over night.

      • yanger

        keep using u mean. last version only. not being removed from the world. besides, the ddl for last and older versions are also available via .. searching on google and oldversions website :)

  • Max

    Oh get real. I'm pretty sure it'll still be available on a zillion and one various software mirrors and archives. You'll always be able to find and grab a copy...

    • Brian

      Of course it will. That's not really the point though.

  • LFB

    Become old and the android app is shitty.

    Bye bye winamp.

  • Zak McKracken

    When I think of Winamp it also brings up memories of Napster. Oh the days.

    • Jadephyre

      Yeah, same for me... those were the pioneering days.

      God I feel old now :(

  • Adam Truelove

    End of an era.

  • Maniac

    Winamp is the only player that seems to be able to sync in a useful manner with Android, so that's a shame.

  • Peter
  • IncCo

    =O WHAT?!

  • Michael Foreman

    I have to say that I have used Winamp since its inception, and I still use it. I am deeply saddened to hear this news. I will continue to use it, but I am not sure what I will use as my alternate music player.

    Thank you for all your years of support, Winamp and community. I will truly miss you.

  • Ezio

    Winamp is a great player, but foobar is amazing now.

  • eilegz

    a very sad day, i will continue to use winamp... at least on my pc, on my phone i guess i have to look for a better music player, the best so far its miui music player

  • DSiDewd


    Nice skin for Winamp, shame it's going to be discontinued. :(

  • Funem
  • Nik

    Their "Why go PRO" page still gives this as the reason: "Unrestricted Audio CD Burning & Ripping up to 48x" :D

    Will surely miss Winamp, by far the best audio player for desktop!

    • Serge Cebrian

      they should give PRO for free now!! until dec 20
      i really need to rip my CDs at 48x ;)

  • A Black UI is the best UI

    This really sucks, I wonder what happened.

    • Jadephyre

      AOL happened. They completely fumbled the further development of Winamp.

      • A Black UI is the best UI

        That really sucks since Winamp is a pretty good PC music player as well as itunes alternative, its sad to see it go.

        • Jadephyre

          Agreed. Even when I had to install iTunes for half a year since I was using an iPhone I still used Winamp to listen to my music. The intrusive nature of players like iTunes and the like is just too much, and so is the memory footprint.

          • A Black UI is the best UI

            Agreed, Winamp will be greatly missed.

  • robogo

    ...wow. Winamp was my first MP3 player that I ever used and it's kinda sad to see it go. But, two or three years ago, due to a bunch of unnecessary features and junk, I jumped ship and went to foobar2000.

  • Rob

    I loved WinAmp when I was a Windows user, but it has never supported or does not currently support me as a Mac user now. I never got attached to the Android version.

  • dude

    I use either foobar2000 or Clementine, but sad to see Winamp go. But I still use another Nullsoft product called NSIS which is very useful.

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    Since I moved into subscription services I haven't touch a regular music manager/player, but I was never a fan of Winamp at all. Still, it's weird to see it going away.

  • xHabeasCorpusx

    For those who are look for an alternative. Musicbee. It's free. It organizes and tags files easily and quickly (automatically if you want). I have had no issues. I just like Winamp because it's G19 Applet is amazing.

  • Jadephyre

    Oh for crying out loud... AOL just drove the final nail into its coffin. I can't say i'm surprised, but somehow I was hoping that someone else might pick up the IP.
    I knew Frankel was out, the interview that Ars did a while back clearly indicated that he was not interested in it.

  • Nick

    Their Android offering was always subpar, but I am very sad to see the PC version die. To this day I still use it for all my mp3 playing. Hopefully it'll continue to work for a long time on future versions of Windows.

  • black

    I'm really gonna miss whipping that llama's ass.

  • Joss7088

    I used foobar2000 since 2002 and I have never changed, sound amazing!

  • Markoff

    while I am fan of Winamp and using it daily on home PC, I didn't find anything better fopr my Android phone than Mixzing, nice easy interface and can browse and play all files in folders which was apparently too much to ask from other media players I tried for Android

    • Primalxconvoy

      I used to use mixzing, but their media scanner always broke down, meaning that some newly added files would cause the app to create multiple dummy folders and banish my mp3s to random corners of storage. I've since moved on to poweramp and xmbc.

  • thexfile

    Shoutcast will go away.

  • ChainsawCharlie

    There has not been better playlist manager than on the good ol' Winamp .

  • Roh_Mish

    Although the android version is a shit, i will miss the pc version

  • Doan

    I haven't used WinAmp since I started using Spotify. I have no use for .mp3s, etc now that streaming music services are so abundant and an Internet connection is available nearly everywhere in some form.

  • Lexster

    This is a little depressing to me. Winamp was the very first third party media program I downloaded on my computer as a kid. It was one of those "wow" moments of the early internet for me when I realized all the cool things that were out there that didn't just come stock on my computer. Gonna miss that llama, even if I no longer use Winamp.


    AIMP provides an near-winamp like experience, with support for winamp addons & plugins, it also sounds way clearer and better. There is a winamp classic skin for it on the internet also. Really recommend using AIMP, if you do not like the way foobar2000 works. The sound is on par with foobar2000 also.

  • BillygotTalent

    This was and is my favorite music player on PC. I guess as long as it works I will continue using it.

  • GraveUypo

    well... i've used winamp since close to its release date on both my computer and my cellphone. i use pretty old versions on my computer and they work perfectly fine, so this shouldn't affect me too much. the one on the phone also works fine.
    hope it stays this way for at least as long as it has :(

  • Specter597

    Nooooooooo ....oooooooo ....oooooo ....oooooo!

  • Andreas Brandenborg

    Word is that Microsoft is interested in buying WinAMP. Some say, mostly for the Shoutcast product.

  • Primalxconvoy

    The mobile app was behind the times even three years ago and i moved on with only a cursory glance. Rip.

  • Renan Lazarotto

    Reading the comments feels like I'm the only one that will not miss Winamp at all. Even Zune feels better than Winamp to me.

  • Jon

    I just downloaded it..lol

  • GostIzHrvatske

    Shit, they only wanted shoutcast so they have to destroy an awesome music player completely. IDIOTS!

  • Prashant

    WINAMP is one of the software apps which are timeless. You can treasure them in your app rep and it would work on all the OSes and platforms without any issues. it's a great example for the UI & UX design. Neat and tidy. what else you need? The best part is sound quality it produces is amazing. Havn't seen any app that matches it....