On the 20th of December, directly before the year end, AOL announced the termination of production and development of Winamp (both standard and pro versions), one of the most famous music players in the era of MP3 rise.
Moreover AOL added that all the support services and web resources around Winamp will be closed: “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.”
Yandex didn’ t miss such an opportunity to say farewell to one of the most favorite music software of the Russian users and designed its browser service for online music Yandex.Music in Winamp style. The users can choose between different music styles, for example “Music of 80s” and “Music of 90s” and listen to it, using the player, which is identical to Winamp interface.
Some of the Yandex employees spoke about the best moments with Winamp on official Yandex blog. One of the is from marketing manager at Yandex.Music Zhanna:
“When i was 16, i had pink sneakers and pink Winamp skin. That is actually it, such a short story. But recently it got its sequel, because now i work in the most pink and the most musical Yandex service!:)”
The stories are both funny and sad, but all of them are about the best MP3 Player within the Russian digital space – Winamp. R.I.P. Winamp, thank you for the first magic music moments!