Winamp Sale Could Save Media Player From Extinction, Shoutcast Too

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Years ago, when WinAmp began randomly pausing during playback, I knew it was time to look for another player. Because, apparently, playback is a background task and not as important as checking for updates or displaying an inaccurate digital level graphic.

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Upyourbucket

Ive never had a pausing problem with Winamp.

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fung0

I never had a problem with Winamp either, until just a few months ago when I noticed that several open-source programs were crashing whenever Winamp was run. (Sigil, for one.) Clearly, lack of updates in the Winamp codebase were putting it out of step with my 64-bit OS.

I finally bit the bullet and switched to foobar2000. The transition was needlessly painful - foobar2000 configuration is a mess. But once foobar2000 was set up, I found it had become a lot more powerful and a lot more flexible than Winamp. With a lighter footprint, and no mysterious incompatibilities with my other software.

That said, I'd still love to see Winamp make a comeback. Let's hope the new owners have the resources to bring the product fully up to date.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Google.

Just start typing "winamp pauses" to see that you are not the only person in the world.

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Shadow Death

I can't say I've ever had the pausing problem. :/

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vrmlbasic

I remember using WinAmp. I'm pretty sure that it was on Windows 98 or 2K. I've been shocked to hear that it is still around.

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Scatter

I don't think that Microsoft purchasing Winamp would be anything to celebrate.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Hello, foobar2000!

Goodbye, you bloated PoC!

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legionera

Don't let winamp suffer, shoot it!

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PCWolf

AOL, forever the Destroyer of great things. I will always know AOL as the company that purchased, then destroyed Netscape.

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LatiosXT

The only thing keeping AOL afloat is that they own various successful websites. Which annoys me to no end.

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yammerpickle2

AOL has been a fail for at least a decade. I hope Winamp and Shoutcast can find homes with a more progressive company.

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Shadow Death

AOL. Fail since the birth of broadband "always on" connections.