Thursday, January 16, 2014

Winamp Lives On With Radionomy Acquisition

Alexandre Saboundijian
You can't keep an aging music streaming service down: Less than a month after Winamp was scheduled to shut down, but according to PC World, Radionomy has snagged the once-popular media player, along with AOL's Shoutcast platform.

Winamp conceded defeat to more popular music services in November, announcing that it would no longer be available after Dec. 20, 2013. But amidst reports of a Radionomy acquisition, the service stayed online past its expected expiration date, and it has now been officially saved.

"Winamp is a top independent player that gives millions of people the best player functionality available," Radionomy CEO Alexandre Saboundijian said in a statement. "Its role is clear in the future evolution of online media—we plan to make the player ubiquitous, developing new functionalities dedicated to desktop, mobile, car systems, connected devices and all other platforms."

The radio-streaming giant will also provide Winamp users with access to more than 60,000 Internet radio stations, playback in 60 audio and video formats, 6,000 add-ons (skins, plug-ins, online services, visualizations), and tools for managing podcast subscriptions—all in 16 available languages.

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