As Winamp closes, Spotify releases Spotiamp to pay homage
Winamp, the infamous audio player and an important piece in the history of digital music consumption, shut down on Sunday.
Internet streaming service Spotify is trying to fill the gap with the release of Spotiamp. It's a fully-functional music player that carries the same look as Winamp, so long-time fans won't be left in the dark. Spotiamp is for Windows users only as Winamp was, and requires a Spotify Premium account to stream tunes.
In November, Microsoft was reported to be in talks with AOL to buy Winamp, but there hasn't been an official announcement yet.
The internet was in a bit of shock when the closure of Winamp was announced in November. It was truly the end of an era. Winamp was known for its wide-ranging multi-format audio file support, plug-in updates and skins, graphical sound visualisation, playlist support and media library features.
"To honour the engineering skill and passion that goes into building wonderful software that millions of people enjoy we would like to share a small tribute to honour the great legacy of Winamp," Spotify wrote in a blog post.