Wow. It’s the end of an era. Well, mostly. I’m sure whatever versions of the thing that will still be floating around the web and sitting on our computers after the official plug is pulled will be useful for a while, but eventually it’ll be time to search for a new media player that I actually like. I’m not looking forward to that day, because a lot of what I’ve seen when I’ve bothered to look is even more clunky than Winamp can be, not to mention less feature rich.
The latest version of Winamp, released on Wednesday, will be the last, with the venerable media-playing software scheduled to all but vanish from the internet next month.
“Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013,” reads a notice posted to the Winamp website on Wednesday. “Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download.”