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Winamp Purchased By Radionomy 188

Major Blud writes "TechCrunch is reporting that Radionomy has purchased both Winamp and Shoutcast from AOL for $5-10 million and a 12% stake in the company. Radionomy CEO Alexandre Saboundjian said, 'We want to rebuild the story for Winamp. We think the future can be great because the strategy is not just desktop but mobile and cars and so much more.'"
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Winamp Purchased By Radionomy

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  • Re:Here's hoping... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by icebike ( 68054 ) on Tuesday January 14, 2014 @08:28PM (#45959727)

    I have no problem with VLC for music, but Winamp has been a favorite for years.

    Yeah, its old and funky, and that's exactly why I like it.

  • by Dr. Spork ( 142693 ) on Tuesday January 14, 2014 @08:54PM (#45960071)
    As far as I'm concerned, Winamp is still the best music player on Windows. With the Moon Glade skin, mine lives as an always-on-top bar at the top-center of my screen and expands into a playlist when I hover over it. The plugin system decodes every music file I know of and - this is huge for me - it can apply VST filters to the audio output. This is important to me because I play my music through Bose 901 (v6) speakers, which are designed to require a custom Bose equalizer to sound decent. Because I'm running audio into my receiver digitally, I can't use this analog equalizer, so I rely on a chain of VST plugins to mimic (and actually improve on) its functionality. I don't know of another media player that can use VST plugins for sound shaping. Then again, I haven't been looking, because I'm pretty satisfied with Winamp. If anyone knows other media players with VST functionality I would appreciate the info.
  • by toejam13 ( 958243 ) on Tuesday January 14, 2014 @09:04PM (#45960175)

    There was a time when Winamp mattered. There was no decent media players

    And now there are dozens, with some that focus on audio, some that focus on video, some that handle both: Foobar2000, Songbird, VLC, Media Player Classic, XBMC, Windows Media Center, etc... You even have image viewers like XnView turning into video players. The lines have completely blurred as viewers and players have turned into multimedia centers.

    The question is, which niche would Winamp try to fill? How could they differentiate themselves? The interface? Cataloging? Container support? Codec support? Streaming support? Subtitle support? Time shifting? Post processing? Song recognition? Speed? Size? Cross-platform support?

  • Re:Here's hoping... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by rwa2 ( 4391 ) * on Tuesday January 14, 2014 @09:05PM (#45960183) Homepage Journal

    I have no problem with VLC for music, but Winamp has been a favorite for years.

    Yeah, its old and funky, and that's exactly why I like it.

    Same here... Actually Winamp is my favourite player for Android and probably the only Android app I've plopped somewhat serious money for (including the lyric and album-art download plugin)

    Though if you like VLC for music, check out [] , which is cross platform, still uses VLC code for the backend, and adds a pretty nice frontend interface with crossfading between tracks and streams. My only complaint is that the interface doesn't shrink down to as small as Winamp / Audacious can.

  • by Brama ( 80257 ) on Tuesday January 14, 2014 @09:33PM (#45960423) Homepage

  • by Squallop ( 3500093 ) on Tuesday January 14, 2014 @09:34PM (#45960425)
    I don't understand all of this talk about the Winamp developers stating that there are plenty of good audio players out there now... There really isn't! There's iTunes and a majority of people use that because they don't realise that their computers can have non Apple software installed on them too :O. I've recently been trying out many of the top rated audio players, e.g. foobar2000, MusicBee, iTunes.. none of them come even close to being as good as Winamp. Some of Winamp's features that I'm yet to see in other players are, - Excellent Media Library, with the ability to play straight from the library... - Toast Notifications of playing tracks - Great plugin integration - Modular and modern design If anyone knows of any players that can really compare, please let me know. I'd love to see them.

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