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Report says Winamp sale is imminent, shutdown will be averted

Winamp: Stay of execution?Friday is going to be a long day for Winamp fans. TechCrunch reported earlier this afternoon that “AOL is finalizing negotiations to sell off Winamp and Shoutcast in a deal that would allow both products to live on.” The buyer is not identified, though according to writer Anthony Ha, his source says that s/he is “confident” a deal will be finalized, and that the shutdown will not happen tomorrow. It should be noted that AOL is TechCrunch’s corporate parent.

At the same time, based on what we reported earlier today, for any lapse in Winamp or Shoutcast services to be averted it will require an agreement where AOL continues support until the buyer is ready to take over. Yet our source said that the company very much wanted to wash its hands of Winamp and Shoutcast and was firm about shutting down downloads and services this month.

Of course, it is not impossible that AOL had a change of heart, connected to how much money this unidentified buyer is willing to pony up to keep the llama’s heart beating.

If the sale indeed does pan out, this is good news for Winamp and Shoutcast Radio fans alike. But, the devil will be in the details. We’ll keep you posted.



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2 Responses to Report says Winamp sale is imminent, shutdown will be averted

  1. fairuse December 19, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    I wonder .. Real? Nah. Apple? Why bother. Microsoft? Best choice for the player product. The Shoutcast product is the hot item. My mobile has 3 apps using Shoutcast/Icecast. Podcast, radio scanner (2 apps) & tunein app (the over the air local FM stations). I think we will know by end of 1st Q 2014.

    Now I have to upgrade my car. This nifty thing is across all 2014 Fords, not at all on my almost beta SYNC w/ Microsoft branding.
    SYNC® AppLink™, voice to control mobile apps, TuneIn Radio, available for iPhone®.[ and Android]

  2. Lemont December 19, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    LORD PLEASE KEEP IT ALIVE PLEASE TOUCH HEARTS OVER AT APPLE AND MICROSOFT TO BUY THE MP3 PLAYERS OUT TO KEEP THEM BOTH ALIVE …. :)

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