AOL has announced last week that they would be shutting down Winamp, the popular Windows-based 16-year-old media player. Winamp said that Winamp.com and the associated software will be shutting down on December 20, 2013.
“Winamp.com and associated Web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date,” stated AOL.
Winamp has some die-hard fans that want to keep the media player running. This is why they are petitioning to have AOL keep the media player alive or open source the code.
There are over 24,000 people that signed the petition:
After more than 15 years and millions of users worldwide, Winamp Media Player will cease forever as of 20th Dec 2013.
Winamp is the best media player ever built. If there were other alternatives that would be fine. But there is nothing that can do what Winamp can do. It is the most versatile media player on earth.
It can’t be left to die. It must live on.
If AOL allows it to go open source it WILL live on forever and be in the hands of people who love it and use it every day.
Please help by asking AOL to keep it alive or allow this software to go open source.
By signing this petition you are proving to AOL or other investors that:
1) Winamp has a lot more supporters than they may think. Show them you do care about what happens to Winamp
2) there IS a need to keep this project alive
3) if it cannot be kept alive in one form or another then it’s source code needs to be released to the public