Don't turn out the lights, the party might not be over
If you've been crying crocodile tears over the impending demise of Winamp, you can put that box of tissues back in the bathroom, the popular media player form yesteryear may not be getting unplugged after all. AOL is reportedly close to finalizing a package deal involving both Winamp and Shoutcast, and if completed, both would continue to exist under new ownership.
This may come as a shock to the system, but effective December 20, 2013, Winamp will become a ghost of the Internet's past. AOL, which bought Winamp in 1999 for $80 million, has decided to shut down the popular media player service just five days before Christmas, officially ending a better than 15-year run as one of the most well regarded media players among power users.
Microsoft has suffered through more than a few security embarrassments over the years, but at least according to Kaspersky Labs, the Redmond based software giant is back in control. The security researchers have named the top 10 offending companies/products, and for once, Microsoft has been knocked off the list thanks to improvements in Windows 7 & 8. Automatic update mechanisms are citied as the top reason for the high profile exclusion, and have indeed done an amazing job of keeping hackers at bay.
Want to see the top 10 worst offenders? Hit the jump to see the list.
Winamp enjoys an almost cult-like following on the desktop, and now the popular media player is available on Android, provided you have no qualms about using beta software.
Winamp for Android works with version 2.1 of the open-source OS and higher. Features include both wireless and USB syncing with your Winamp desktop app, persistent player controls, play queue management, and support for scrobbing with the Last.fm app installed.
Just like the desktop version, there's support for playlists, search by album, artist, and song, a repeat function, shuffle, and more. It's snappy too. On our crusty old G1 (rooted), Winamp ran without issue and basically blew the pants off the stock media player.