We were all sad when one of the most popular music players ever, Winamp, was discontinued in 2014. But there are maybe some good news for all the millions of users out there who enjoyed using this media player before. Winamp’s owner has a new parent company, and relaunch of the software is possible!
Vivendi Group took over the majority stake in Radionomy, the company which previously bought Winamp from AOL in early 2014. There is still no official word about that, but the involvement of the new owners could indicate to Winamp’s re-launch sometime in 2016.
AOL originally planned to discontinue both Winamp and Shoutcast, but instead the company decided to sell the software to Belgian online radio service, Radionomy. The new owners initially promised that they’ll keep Winamp alive, but no updates have been released since the takeover, which made most people think that Winamp era has ended for good.
Will Vivendi Group Revive Winamp?
Vivendi Group is involved with some famous companies, such as Dailymotion, Deezer, and Ubisoft, and its takeover of Radinomy could be the key in Winamp’s revival. As we said, the company didn’t announce the actual re-launch, but it does mention that Winamp and Shoutcast are two of their most important assets for the future.
“Radionomy Group owns the streaming technology SHOUTcast as well as the iconic Winamp audio player. It also controls TargetSpot, the first digital audio advertising network in the United States and in France.”
Currently, there are a lot of alternatives of the iconic player, but there’s no doubt that the original Winamp will beat the competition if it gets re-launched. And that is one of the main reasons why Vivendi Group could decide to make this move.
Winamp is actually ‘still alive’ today, as it works fine on Windows 10 and other previous versions, but there are no updates for the player. So, if you find the installation of Winamp somewhere online, there’s a big chance it will work for you.
Are you excited about possible return of Winamp? Will you use it again if Vivendi Group brings it back? Tell us in the comments.