The internet got all sad and nostalgic in November when AOL announced with little fanfare that Winamp was shutting down. The music player and streaming service had been whipping llamas for 15 years, and it seemed like a depressing and inauspicious end. AOL smartly held off on the shutdown when there appeared to be interest in buying Winamp, and that's just what happened. Winamp is being sold to Belgian online radio purveyor Radionomy.


The website still lists the December 20th shutdown date, but everything is still functioning normally. AOL hasn't made any official announcement about the sale, but users have noted the domains are already being transferred to Radionomy. Sources say the deal should be done this week – possibly even today.

Radionomy lists over 6,000 stations right now, so the 50,000 Shoutcast streaming stations should augment that catalog nicely. The Winamp application could be used to tap into Radionomy's streams or program new stations. However, we don't yet know what Radionomy plans to do with Winamp. It's possible the new owner will dismantle the client and Android app to focus on integrating the streaming stations with its existing system. We should have a better idea when the specifics are announced.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • yodatom10

    so its just being sold to be shutdown by someone else ?

    • Pyrotek85

      We don't know for sure, but it's still a possibility yes.

    • My name is….

      Companies need profits.
      If all they wanted was the radio stations, so be it.

  • Jason Brown

    still use winamp!

  • anzensepp1987

    Please take your ShoutCast-bits and then make WinAmp open-source so that the community could remove all that ShoutCast-garbage from it and make a lightweight-musicplayer/-library out of it.

    • My name is….

      Open source community will do shit.

      Why don't they make an open source winamp alternative now?

      • blahmoomoo

        While it isn't open source, I have been using something called XMPlay for a while now. It has Winamp plugin support, including audio (I used it a lot for playing back SNES music from its original format), so if you like using those plugins this is a good alternative. I don't know if it supports internet radio though.

        Forgot to mention it's also free.


      • Cuvis

        What did you think Foobar2000 was?

        • My name is….

          Thats my player now and i hate it.

          • Mario E Hdez

            I love foobar. Always be my player of choice.

          • MistiXF

            Obvious troll is obvious.

          • My name is….

            I am using Foobar for a long time.

            It has nothing to do with the good ol winamp.
            worst. buttons. ever.

          • MistiXF

            If you hate it, why do you use it? Do you expect it to evolve into something else? A little magic wand shit going on, perhaps?
            If you don't like it, stop using it, move to something else and stop bitching around. It's simple as that.

          • My name is….

            I didnt bitch about it untill someone recommended it as a good program. Well, it aint.

            Im only using it cause winamp is giving me shit on windows 8

          • MistiXF

            Did you try AIMP?

          • My name is….

            I had skipped this one cause of the Russian descent, and when i had checked it, it didnt have a new version in ages.

            But THANK YOU SIR for reminding me, it is just amazing.
            I spent 20 minutes into it and i already love it.
            Plus, it has an amazing Android app for remote control.

            BYE BYE foobar2000, you will be missed (not)

          • Cuvis

            Things similar to Winamp:
            - lightweight
            - highly customizable
            - plug-ins for every format under the sun

            Things not similar to Winamp:
            - buttons

            I'll stick with my original answer.

  • Robert Alex Kibler

    never heard of it..

    • BetterWithRoot

      It really whips the llama's ass.

    • Firehawkws7

      That must be a huge rock you live under.

      • theunknown

        I guess he meant - Radionomy, not Winamp

  • Josh Crumley

    Was this deal llama tested, mother approved?

  • http://planetmew.com/blog/ Christopher Glass

    Well, at least it's not Microsoft.

  • Johnson

    for me just http://www.1.fm

  • Deeco

    Heads up, spelling error: "TechChunch".

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I like this spelling more.

      • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

        All who vote to keep it, say "I."

  • http://www.grantbarker.com/ Grant Barker

    I still have huge respect for Winamp. Some of the skins and themes were/are epic.
    People talk about Foobar2000 for music quality, but it takes a while to get it setup just right visually and usably in my opinion.

    • MistiXF

      You do realize that even F2000 Dev, Piotr, stated that there's virtually no difference in audio quality between Foo, Winamp and anything else? It's in the FAQ.

      • http://www.grantbarker.com/ Grant Barker

        Yeah. Like I said, people talk about it. I actually still use Winamp. I also like XBMC which is very user friendly, fills the whole screen and has a large and quick-to-browse file system. Sorry for the 6 month reply. I don't use Discus that much for leaving comments.