Whatever Happened To Winamp?

If you are like me you have wondered what ever happened to Winamp? Almost 2 decades ago there was this little app. I remember really zoning out to it’s built in visualizers.  So Winamp (Windows Advanced Multimedia Products) was released April 21, 1997. Back in the 90’s listening to music on a computer was very new.

In fact I remember clearly downloading songs from Napster (Remember that program?) and playing them on Winamp. It was the good ole days of the internet.

Old School Winamp

Where Did Winamp Go?

From what I understand AOL bought the company that created Winamp (Nullsoft) for 80 million dollars. AOL didn’t actually have a grasp on what to do with Winamp or they simply didn’t think it was that big of a deal. Shortly after Apple Ipods started to dominate the scene and the rest if you will is history.

I liked that amp so much that a few years back I tried downloading the latest version of Winamp which may have been 2013’s version. I could be wrong though. What I was really looking for was the visualizer. The version of Winamp I downloaded didn’t have a visualizer anymore so I found a software program that did visualizers similar. Even better is it works with my Mac so I grabbed it. Did I mention that it was a free download? You can grab it here if you want ==> Project Milk Syphon

Here is my experiment I took a raw version of song me and my friends wrote awhile back and used the visualizer to create a video.

The reality is that visualizers like this are really ancient now a days. But running it did bring back some fond memories. How about you? Did you use Winamp

? I am not a gambling man but I bet if you used Winamp you also used Napster. Let me know in the comments.

 

 

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My name is Larry Rivera. I started playing music at an early age. I started with the Saxophone and played that into high school. I also took some music theory. However I fell in love with the guitar. I took a few lessons but I am mostly self taught. My passion for playing music has been with me my entire life. I was in a band until my early 20's then one thing led to another and while I continued to play my acoustic guitar I put the electric guitar down for about 15 years. Well I picked up the electric again and in this website I will share my journey with you.

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