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Winamp Might Survive, Actually
Friday, November 22, 2013 - 10:30 AM
On Wednesday, AOL announced plans to shut down Winamp, which was the first decent MP3 player for many early adopters of online music.
The news prompted elegies. Slate's was my favorite, although Time's was pretty good too. Today though, we learn that all that garment-rending may've been needless. TechCrunch thinks that Microsoft might buy Winamp, saving it from death.
Of course, whatever happens, it's not as if Winamp will be systematically deleted from the hard drives of anyone who ever downloaded it. If it dies without being sold, it just means that AOL, its current owner, will no longer host server space for new folks to download it. If you like your Winamp, you'll be able to keep it.