The demise of Winamp hit the web full force with many paying their last respects with simple remembrances of the media player in their lives. AOL’s choice to shut Winamp down was likely driven by the success of services like Pandora, Google Music and now iTunes Radio. While Winamp’s plug was being pulled that didn’t mean you could never use it again, it just meant you would never see updates to it again. Decemeber 20th was to be the final nail in the coffin and Winamp would be laid to rest.
But wait, before the phoenix has even landed to wither into the ash, Microsoft is in talks to keep her from falling. Microsoft has approached AOL with offers for both Winamp and Shoutcast. We’re not sure what is prompting this move or why Microsoft wants these services. Microsoft itself has killed it’s Zune services so this purchase leaves us wondering what they are up to. With the looming purchase of Nokia there may be a connection to that but it’s really not clear at all what they would use Winamp for. Hit the links below for the source.