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Waving goodbye to Winamp, paying respects to Nullsoft

With media player Winamp headed to software heaven, Crave's Bonnie Burton, who once worked for the firm that made it, looks back on workplace tensions and fun -- and Mike the llama.

By November 22, 2013


Nullsoft Winamp 5.23

Winamp is still a fun player for customizing your playback experience, but most users will prefer the all-in-one experience of Windows Media Player or iTunes.

By November 29, 2004

3 stars Editors' rating November 29, 2004

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Nullsoft's future in a void

Recent departure of a Nullsoft founder raises questions about the future of the Winamp media player.

By November 18, 2004


Serious Winamp flaw gets fix

Nullsoft posts an update for a serious flaw that had already spawned an exploit for taking over vulnerable PCs.

By January 30, 2006


Nullsoft founder may stay put at AOL

Weeks after hinting at a desire to leave America Online, Winamp maven Justin Frankel seems to have made peace with the Internet giant--at least for the time being.

By June 23, 2003


Nullsoft founder says he's had it with AOL

Winamp and Gnutella author Justin Frankel says corporate control is killing his freedom of expression, after AOL Time Warner pulls his latest program from the Web.

By June 3, 2003


AOL pulls Nullsoft file-sharing software

A day after developers at America Online's Nullsoft unit quietly release file-sharing software, AOL pulls the link to the product from the subsidiary's Web site.

By May 30, 2003


AOL backtracks on Winamp media player

America Online's celebrated Nullsoft division is taking a page out of Coca-Cola's playbook, reviving a "classic" version of its flagship Winamp MP3 player.

By June 27, 2003


Winamp3 Release Candidate

Winamp3 forfeits the earlier version's legendary ease of use--and comes with bugs, to boot. Keep version 2.81 until Nullsoft cleans up.

By March 4, 2003

3 stars Editors' rating March 4, 2003

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AOL's Nullsoft creates software for swapping MP3s

Following software maker Napster's popular network for sharing digital music, the America Online subsidiary is creating its own software for sharing music files over the Internet.

March 14, 2000