You can't keep an aging music streaming service down: Less than a month after Winamp was scheduled to shut down, 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 20 December 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.
The addition of AOL's free Internet radio platform, Shoutcast, will also help build Radionomy's US presence.
"Radionomy has always focused on creating a unique platform for any radio broadcaster or pure player that enables them to build a large audience and monetize their stream," Saboundijian said. "With Shoutcast, we have expanded our reach to include roughly half of the world's online radio streaming, leaving Radionomy well-positioned to change the face of online radio."
Online radio has really taken off in recent years, giving way to massively popular services like Pandora and Spotify—the latter of which recently launched the "Spotiamp" program that recreates the classic Winamp interface for Spotify Premium users.
"Winamp and Shoutcast are great brands with significant value in the right situation, which Radionomy will provide," Susan Lynne, CEO of AOL's Brand Group, said. "This is a very positive outcome for the enthusiastic user of these products."
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