Microsoft buys the remains of the legendary player Winamp

Microsoft is interested in acquiring the team at AOL Winamp and service Shoutcast, which allows you to create an Internet radio station. Discussions are currently under the transaction price.

Microsoft Corporation is negotiating the purchase of AOL, engaged in the development of the player Winamp, as well as service Shoutcast - both products were developed by Nullsoft.

According to this information service owned by AOL TechCrunch, citing its own sources. In the publication TechCrunch AOL refused to give an official comment, but Microsoft has not yet responded.
As the newspaper writes, the parties have not finished negotiating a purchase. At the moment the conversation is about the price. Yesterday the AOL announced the closing of the project Winamp.

Winamp player was created in 1997 by Justin Frankel students (Justin Frankel) and Dmitry Boldyrev. Frankel later founded Nullsoft, which was engaged in the further development of the player.
In 1999, was acquired by AOL Nullsoft for $ 80 million
In addition to Winamp, Nullsoft engaged in other projects - among them service Shoutcast, allowing you to create an Internet radio station, broadcasting music from your player to your computer. According to TechCrunch, AOL has decided to close the service next week. AOL itself nothing about it until said.
In an interview a few years ago, Frankel said that AOL is killing the project. Softer explanation of the situation proposed site TechCrunch, which also belongs to AOL. According to the authors note, AOL had never put a lot of resources to support projects. Earlier in 2013, AOL has already got rid of a number of resources belonging to her musical The BoomBox, The Boot, Noisecreep and Comics Alliance.

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