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If you had a PC and you listened to MP3s in the late 90s, chances are you managed your playlists with Winamp. Since then, Nullsoft sold Winamp to AOL (the parent company of TechCrunch) for $80 million and online music has changed quite a bit, but there was always something reassuring about the fact that Winamp was still hanging in there. So much for that. Winamp is shutting down. The website and all of Winamp’s web services will shut down on December 20 and the desktop player will no longer be available for download.
Even if you don’t remember Winamp, you may remember the demo MP3 that played when you installed the app: “Winamp, it really whips the llama’s ass.”
If you still want a copy of Winamp, now is the time to download it and to import those MP3s you downloaded from Napster back in 1999 into it.
If you're an old school deviantartist from back in the day, this will get you right in the feels. Deviantart owes it's existence in no small part to the "custom skin" scene of the end of the last millennium. (How do you think that LLama got in here? Genetics?) Anyways, it's a real shame to see it go. I have used Winamp for over a decade, and I've always felt it to be superiour to iTunes in a lot of ways. Especially that whole "make your own UI" thing.
Which now that I think about it, a lot of the UI design work we've seen over the decade also came from the skin scene that Winamp helped create. Winamp really is very responsible for this website, and other websites like "The Skins Factory" and that whole corner of the industry owes a bit of thanks. Here's to the end of an era. /me tips a 40.