Good news to fans of Winamp, it looks like the MP3 player that we all used to love will not be shutting down after all. The music player was previously reported to close down on 20 December 2013 but the plan was halted because of an on-going acquisition. Back then, it was reported that Winamp will be sold to Microsoft but according to the latest news, it looks like Radionomy, a Belgium-based online radio service, will be acquiring it instead.
The rumor was started by Bryon Stout on the Winamp forums, who noticed that the Winamp’s nameservers has been transferred to Radionomy. According to a “reliable source” from TechCrunch, Radionomy has indeed acquired Winamp and the deal should be finalized by tomorrow, if not sooner. TechCrunch is also reporting that Radionomy has also purchased Shoutcast, a radio online directory with over 50,000 catalog of radio stations.
The acquisition of both companies makes perfect sense, Radionomy currently has about 6,000 radio stations and boasts a DIY platform that allows anyone to create a channel. Shoutcast could give it a major boost to its services while Winamp software could be used to help program those radio stations and perhaps offer additional services as well.