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Winamp Shutdown: Media Player Can't Compete With iTunes

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Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 01:20 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Winamp is shutting down after 15 years of providing Internet users with streaming music.

As of Dec. 20, the once popular media player will no longer be available for download, according to its website WinAmp.com. Web services associated with the platform, however, will continue to function.

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First released in 1997, the media player was in its heyday in the late 1990s and early 2000s. However, it lost many users over the past decade as more advanced technology hit the market such as iTunes and Windows Media Player, PCMag.com noted.

The platform was developed by two former University of Utah college students, Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev.

Two years after its initial release, Winamp was acquired by AOL for $80 million in stock.

The platform was largely obsolete by 2007, as reflected by a review of its app that was released for the platform's 10th anniversary.

"Most of the people I spoke with were genuinely shocked to discover that not only is Winamp still kicking on their 10th anniversary, the app is seeing the release of a new version this week," PCMag wrote at the time.

In 2010 and 2011, Winamp released Android and Mac versions. However, according to PCWorld.com, the move was "too little, too late."

There was no reason provided for why Winamp is shutting down.

The announcement spurred immediate reactions on Twitter, with Winamp fans remembering their favorite media player site.

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