If you were an audio geek in the last 15 years, Winamp was on your system. I remember when I put together my first Shoutcast server using Winamp. I put all my music on it so I could listen while I was at work. I also put my podcasts on Shoutcast in the early days to try and get more listeners.
AOL announced that on December 20th, they will be closing the service. If you head to their webpage, you will see the following:
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. See release notes for latest improvements to this last release.
Thanks for supporting the Winamp community for over 15 years.
This marks the end of an era for those audio geeks that sent their podcasts out via the Lama. Services like Pandora and Spotify – along with updated media players on the computer have replaced this once valid media player.
I remember when you couldn’t really play certain MP3s or other audio files on Windows media player. Yet, Winamp would always play those files.
The service started on April 21, 1997 by Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev. The service also featured custom skins to the player – which I recall using the Star Trek skin for many years. In 1999, AOL purchased the parent company, Nullsoft.
Nullsoft has added no additional comments. No word of support for anybody who purchased Winamp Pro.
Why is it that Winamp seems to always have a bunch of bugs this is like the 3rd or 4th time in recent memory. If your a Winamp user AOL is urging you to upgrade immediately. [www.pcworld.com]
There are very few times that when I am in front of my computer that I am not working, but the kids love to play music via a older laptop that I have hooked up to my stereo system. Given the opportunity to review a visualizer program I figured the kids would end up with something to look at when they were dancing downstairs turns out I will be buying a second copy.
I loaded the application on my desktop PC, which has a 21 inch screen and a mid range video card, and ran it through iTunes and Winamp, when I enabled it I was pretty surprised. We all have seen visualizers that essentially present you with dazzling colors but I was not expecting this. Either I have been living in a cave for a while or the folks that created this have been working overtime.
I am not sure what the total combinations of effects are, but it has to number several hundred. The software also allows you to change effects on the fly from a innovative control board along with having a screen capture function that let’s you change your desktop background to the captured image. You don’t have to be playing music as it also comes with a screen saver application that I think I will probably use more than the music portion. The only thing I think is missing is a option to force a change in visualization automatically.
SoundSpectrum G-Force Platinum is a great value at $30.00 You can tell these folks are very serious about creating amazing visualizers for your viewing pleasure. [www.soundspectrum.com]
Disclaimer: Geek News Central was given a free license to review the above software package, the application was run and tested on a average PC, and was evaluated with no expectation from the software vendor of a positive review.