Mirabilis' ICQ, Netscape, WinAmp... what is the common thread of all 3 programs? AOL acquisition. Anything AOL acquires they then run into the ground. The logic may seem a bit baffling since one could question the wasting of money buying a software company out but at least the kept it out of a competitor's hands and in the end that can mean far far more.
Yahoo! acquired MusicMatch not so long ago. MusicMatch was a decent program back in it's infancy but got bloated beyond reason before Yahoo! stepped in and bought them. Let's see if Yahoo! has more intelligence than AOL.
I use foobar2000 99% of the time when listening to audio on my system. It's just easier for me and in the end I prefer it.
As with most audio players these days the addition of burning, ripping, etc has just gone too far, IMO. Back in it's infancy MusicMatch was a nice little suite of tools for playing music and ripping CDs. It worked and it was nice. They they just added and added and added. It's an invasively installed piece of junk now, IMO. I'm still a registered user of the program since like version 1 or 2... I can't remember anymore... but I won't use it.
it's not gone just no MAJOR updates from the article I read. the people who are left around will provide minor updates so I don't see this program dying for a while
Reading through the Winamp forums it looks like the program is far from dead or from being shutdown.
AOL apparently bought Nullsoft back in 1999 and there are still quite a few members of the original team still working on it, not to mention an internal build for the next release still in the works...
I’m starting to really question the validity of anything coming from Betanews or MajorGeeks for that matter..
I will still continue to use Winamp 5, just because it doesn't eat up as much resources (CPU time, memory,...) as WMP10 and other variants. Though not entirely true, since I am a devoted Linux user atm and Winamp is useless there