People of a certain age will get all wistful and nostalgic at the mere mention of Winamp – the early digital media player for Windows that launched in 1997 and was acquired by AOL in 1999 for $80m. It got left in the dust with the rise of iTunes and other players, but it’s back, Back, BACK.
AOL offloaded it to Radionomy four years ago and now it is to be reborn next year as a multifunctional app that will cover playlists, podcasts and streaming radio stations. There will also be a desktop version, according to the company. “There will be a completely new version next year, with the legacy of Winamp but a more complete listening experience,” Radionomy CEO Alexandre Saboundjian has told TechCrunch. “You can listen to the MP3s you may have at home, but also to the cloud, to podcasts, to streaming radio stations, to a playlist you perhaps have built.” Details on what it will look like and, crucially, what other services it will integrate with are scant at the moment. Saboundjian declined to say if it would integrate with music services like Spotify or others like Audible.