Back in the day Winamp was the king. My younger self didn’t know any other way to play music in a computer. That white-on-yellow lightning icon was everywhere.
Fast forward to 2013 where music player is an area as saturated as text editor. Winamp has undergone massive changes, now no longer just a music player, but a media player. It has changed hand, the creator now working on another music player. The market has shifted as well. In November, AOL announced that it will discontinue Winamp as of December 20. In recent days, Winamp has been long dethroned. Accused of bloat and memory hog, other music players and managers have managed to usurp the place it once filled. Some favorites are Foobar 2k, MediaMonkey, MusicBee, even Microsoft’s built in Classic Media Player.
In my own computer, Winamp has stopped being the default player since 2009. The redesign was too cluttered to my liking, but the one feature I liked a lot was its auto-tag. Much more accurate than tons of things I have tried. The clutter was curable by choosing a classic Winamp theme. It was the only thing holding me back from deleting the installer from my hard disk.
Time passed. Like many others, I didn’t think twice to remove it once I met plethora of better alternatives. The news of its demise is surprising, but expected.
Goodbye, Winamp. You’re not going to be missed, but this certainly is the end of an era.
If you’re interested in downloading the latest version, you can get the latest full version (Pro, I presume) from Winamp’s website before December 20. If you miss the date, don’t worry. There are nice people all set to preserve it here.