Originally Posted by musicf8
Radionomy should have reinstated nullsoft prior to AOL shutting it down, because supposedly nullsoft was profitable up until it was shut down, but instead they basically just grabbed the shoutcast code they wanted and stiffed the loyal fans of winamp
AOL did not shutdown Nullsoft. Nullsoft was the very small company that created Winamp and they shut themselves down many years ago. After Winamp was sold to AOL in 1999, most of the original developers moved on to other things rather than work for AOL. Basically, Nullsoft should now be thought of as a brand name. A lot of the core code still in Winamp is updated or patched code that Nullsoft created and released in 1997.
AOL made money with Winamp mostly thru click-on ads. In the US, some of these ads were in Winamp itself. Most of the ads were on websites that Winamp linked to thru it's online services and on the Winamp home website itself (websites sponsored/hosted directly or indirectly by AOL). Some money was also made thru selling the Winamp Pro version.