Winamp lives!

Go to who.is, enter winamp.com and you’ll notice the nameservers for that domain point to radionomy.com

Radionomy DNS records

What’s going on here? Who is radionomy and why is this significant?

If you know a little about DNS then you understand that nameservers are computers that hold records of domain names (for example, winamp.com is a domain name) and their corresponding IP addresses.  Nameservers make it possible to get Winamp via winamp.com instead of typing this cryptic and easily forgettable string of numbers: 64.12.89.186.

Last November, I showed you some evidence that suggested Microsoft was planning to acquire the besieged Llama.  Admittedly, I didn’t have anything substantive just a hunch, a feeling… it was a gut thing but I believed I was on to something.

The acquisition news came on the heels of the plaintive announcement on the Winamp homepage which said that winamp.com would officially die on December 20th 2013.

But the tides have turned and we don’t need to bid goodbye to the Llama.   Thank’s to a company called Radionomy.

Radionomy is the premiere platform for radio producers and broadcasters.  It also offers sweeping advertising reach through its partnership with the digital audio network giant known: Targetspot.  Today, PRNewswire is reporting that Radionomy has acquired Winamp from AOL and is already marshaling its products armaments to take on the competition.

We don’t know the financial details of the acquisition but, Alexandre Saboundjian, the CEO and Co-Founder of Radionomy, told the Belgian newspaper,  De Tijd, that a series B financing round took place.

I’m elated that Winamp is about to make a come back.  Now with buttress of Radionomy, Winamp supports 60 audio and video formats, 16 languages (via language packs) and 6000 add-ons.  Those are prodigious statistics but I think the biggest benefit here is that we all grew up on Winamp and now we get a piece of history back.

Everyone knows the familiar intro:

Winamp, winamp… winamp… (echo) it really kicks the Llama’s ass

Everyone remembers downloading the latest skins for the player..

Some people even remember trying to make their own skins with Microsoft Paint.

Others had an affinity for the austere website and basic Winamp skin.

Winamp in 1998

But today nostalgia becomes reality.  Winamp wins and we can all thank Radionomy for that.  Now lets just hope that Radionomy doesn’t ruin the app and keeps the development life cycle strong.

How you guys feel about Winamp coming back?  Share the love (or hatred) in the comments below!

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