Starting December 20th, you won’t be able to download one of the software that has contributed to the spread of MP3. In fact, AOL has decided to discontinue the development and support for Winamp, but perhaps for old fans of the media player there is still a hope: Microsoft.
The Redmond Company has reportedly expressed their interest in a hypothetical acquisition of Winamp and the web radio service, Shoutcast, whose closure is scheduled for next week.
No one has acknowledged the details of any agreement nor the statements made available by the two companies. However, the well-known US site TechCrunch — acquired by AOL in 2010 — confirms the talks of a possible acquisition of the media player and web radio service, but there’s no word on trading details in between Microsoft and AOL.
However, the goal of the multinational based in New York seems to have set their mind to cut the “dead wood.” With the arrival of online streaming services, Winamp has already lost the leadership of the past. Among other things, AOL has already closed other assets to move music resources to the web publications including TechCrunch, Engadget and now also owns The Huffington Post.
Microsoft, after the lack of success with Zune, has staked everything on Xbox Music, the new music streaming service available on Windows 8/RT, Windows Phone 8, iOS, Android and Xbox One/360. At the moment, the question is why Microsoft seems to be interested in buying Winamp and Shoutcast? Unlikely the company may invest on the media player, however, there’s some hope with the web radio service. Microsoft could integrate the platform into Xbox Music, offering more than 50,000 radio stations for its users and thus to enter into direct competition with Pandora.
Well both parties are mum on the matter and we may learn more next week when they talk about a possible deal at what price.