Petition aims to save Winamp

The goal of the SaveWinamp online petition is to ensure that the famous multimedia player will live...

The goal of the SaveWinamp online petition is to ensure that the famous multimedia player will live on after this December. (All rights reserved)

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Fans of Winamp, the multimedia player that will be discontinued by its parent company AOL on Dec. 20, have started collecting signatures to ensure the player will live on. The SaveWinamp petition requests that AOL do everything it can to continue support for the software or -- alternatively -- move to an "open source" development model for the player so that its fans can continue to develop it.

The online petition explains that Winamp "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."

The Winamp.com website is scheduled to shut down on Dec. 20, 2013. Following its heyday in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Winamp was abandoned by many users in favour of iTunes or online music streaming services. Compatible with practically every existing audio and video format, Winamp also has the appeal of being customizable through a number of skins and add-on extensions, such as an international radio tuner or a feature that shows the lyrics of the songs being played.

Created by Nullsoft in 1997, Winamp was acquired by AOL in 1999, at the peak of its popularity. Until Dec. 20, users can still download Winamp for Windows, Mac or Android mobile devices.

According to TechCrunch, Microsoft is already interested in acquiring Winamp.

Sign the petition: savewinamp.com
Watch a video on the history of Winamp: youtu.be/K8ceHzA5hSE


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