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Report: Microsoft might breathe new life into Winamp, Shoutcast

Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 3.02.18 PMAOL introduced yesterday that it might be shutting down Winamp, the venerable media participant that helped usher in an age of individuals listening to music on their computer systems, subsequent month. However evidently there should still be some hope for it but.

According to TechCrunch, Microsoft is presently in talks with AOL to see if it could possibly buy the media participant in addition to Shoutcast, a streaming media service created by the identical firm that developed Winamp. AOL is reportedly gearing as much as announce Shoutcast’s closure subsequent week, in accordance with TechCrunch’s nameless supply.

Winamp reportedly never quite found a home at its guardian firm, and whereas it boasted a userbase of greater than 90 million music listeners in 2012, evidently AOL has lastly determined to chop it unfastened. Shoutcast is the platform for greater than 50,000 free Web radio stations, which can assist clarify why Microsoft might be keen on it.

Whereas it’s not clear what use Microsoft would have deliberate for both service, Shoutcast’s community of radio stations might be one thing the corporate might add to its Xbox Music product as a new function.

For its half, Microsoft declined to touch upon the acquisition rumors.


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