The Rise and Fall of Winamp

Winamp is turning 15-years-old. It’s hard to believe it now, but long before iTunes, Winamp was the only software capable of organizing Mp3s. Sure there was Windows Media Player and RealPlayer in 1997, but no one seriously considered using those apps. At its nascent height, Winamp had a user-base of some 60 million people. Then, in 1999, AOL bought it for between $80-$100M. The rest, as they say, is history.

It’s a shame too. iTunes has become a bloated mess and Apple doesn’t seem the least bit interested in overhauling the software. But, there’s really no decent lightweight alternative.

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