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Old 21st November 2013, 18:53   #1
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Microsoft In Talks To Buy Shoutcast And Winamp From AOL?

Looks like the llama may not get off so easily after all. AOL yesterday announced that it was shutting down Winamp, media playing software for Windows and Android devices that it picked up through its 1999, $80 million acquisition of Nullsoft in 1999. But today Techcrunch has learned that AOL is talks with Microsoft to sell Winamp, along with Shoutcast, a media streaming service also developed by Nullsoft. We have also learned that AOL has been planning to announce the closure of Shoutcast next week.

AOL has declined to comment for this story, and we are still waiting to hear back from Microsoft with a response. From what we understand, the deal is not yet finalized, with AOL and Microsoft still working out the price. It could also be very wishful thinking from those intent on trying to save both services.

AOL did not give any guidance yesterday on what would happen with Shoutcast.

If this is correct, it would represent an interesting, and strange, twist in the story.

On the AOL side, it’s fairly clear why AOL is closing down Winamp and Shoutcast, and it makes sense why it would want to sell both.

As an owner, AOL has never given much of a strong direction to the products, at a time when other digital music companies have been building up audiences and evolving technologies (although, as we pointed out earlier this week when writing about Rdio layoffs, the digital music business is tough). It has already shuttered and sold off other music assets as part of a bigger strategic shift to focus resources as a web publisher (it owns TechCrunch, Engadget, Huffington Post and a number of other bloggy properties), and as a rich-media advertising network operator across those and third-party sites, with an increasing focus on ad-tech to improve how those ads are delivered and measured.

Yes, music properties could very much fit into that mix, but not without a lot of financial and strategic investment in them.

On the Microsoft side, the Windows giant has had its own setbacks in music (RIP Zune). But it has more recently thrown a lot of eggs into the Xbox Music basket, which works on the Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8,iOS and Android devices, offering free, ad-supported streaming, subscriptions, and downloaded music.

Where would Winamp or Shoutcast fit into that mix? While I’m still trying to figure out what Microsoft would do with Winamp, Shoutcast has a platform that acts as a portal to over 50,000 radio stations. This could be one area that Microsoft might want to add to the Xbox Music platform, and which it currently lacks, to complement its Pandora-style personal radio

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http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/21/sou...namp-from-aol/
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Old 21st November 2013, 18:59   #2
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So long as Microsoft doesn't try to shove MSN Music down our throats... (Gracenote is much better at correctly identifying music from imported CDs)
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Old 21st November 2013, 19:22   #3
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Microsoft? Like when they ditched WLM for Skype? And made Skype more laggy during the process...

And if AOL agreed, which software would they keep in that case?
WLM or Winamp? Since both software's compete with each other.

That is why MS ditched WLM, they had software that competed against each other.
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Old 21st November 2013, 21:18   #4
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Basically I think Microsoft could develop a new default skin, kill WMP, and call it a year. Wishful thinking though.

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Old 21st November 2013, 21:35   #5
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Or Microsoft gets it because they want SHOUTcast in their XBox and kill Winamp, because they already have WMP. Nightmare thinking.

Just lets wait and see what happens, anything else is only speculation.
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Oh nononono. If MS get Winamp they will turn it into a bloated mess.
They have their own media player.
Is it not good enough for them ?
Can they not code it securely or sensibly enough ?
Can they not create enough of their own plugins ?

...OK that's 3 no's in a row

What do you think will happen ?
Exactly the same as any the other tech they bought.
Giant Antispyware was top-notch, til MS turned it into Defender.

The only section of MS that makes good stuff is always bought-in.
I for one do not want to see Winamp become reliant on .NET or the next monstrosity of a shared libs system.

I bet they will attach WGA checking to it, and fill it with DRM protection, and disallow playing competing services.
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Old 21st November 2013, 21:46   #7
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MS? Anything but that. They WILL kill off winamp with zero chance of it ever coming back.

I thought being abandoned was the worst thing that could happen but no death by Microsoft is MUCH worse.
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Old 21st November 2013, 22:01   #8
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MS? Anything but that. They WILL kill off winamp with zero chance of it ever coming back.

I thought being abandoned was the worst thing that could happen but no death by Microsoft is MUCH worse.
Uh well, what would Microsoft do with Winamp? Nothing in the worst case. It would remain unmaintained like it would if AOL isn't going to sell it to Microsoft.
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